Student Spotlight: Terrianna Black (’20)

Terrianna Black (’20)

  • Major: Criminal Justice & Social Work
  • Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
  • Activities/Organizations/Teams: Track & Field, Student Athlete Advisory Commission, Black Student Union, Residence Assistant

My high school track coach, Geoff Kaiser (‘07), introduced me to Loras during my sophomore year of high school. I attended a track clinic where I met Track and Field Head Coach Matt Jones (’05), who kept in contact with me as I got closer to deciding where to attend college. I also chose Loras because the curriculum was similar to my high school, which prepared me for college and was closer to home.

I’m looking to pursue a career in Criminal Justice, more so within corrections based work. I’m am passionate about working with at-risk youth, so I am open to Social Work-related jobs centered on helping them. Overall, I am open to any opportunity that presents itself in a way that benefits me and those that I’ll be working to help. 

One thing that has stood out for me during my time here would be how the Loras community has created both space and opportunities for students of color like myself to be heard when reflecting upon sensitive topics such as racism, discrimination, and police brutality. Through education, advocacy, and having those difficult conversations in which this campus will continue to grow. The phrase “Duhawks Supporting Duhawks” isn’t something that only applies during sporting events. It also applies when injustices around the world impact students of color.

Loras College Forward Thinking will be spotlighting Black students, including Terrianna, all month on Twitter.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).