This Week’s Speaker: Dr. Terry Mills

At 2 p.m. tomorrow, Dr. Terry Mills will speak at the Cleveland Height University Heights High School about minority success in college as a part of our Spring Speaker Series. We hope he is well-received at the high school and that students take the opportunity to hear his talk. Here is some background on Dr. Terry Mills:

He is the inaugural assistant provost for student diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at John Carroll University.

In this position, he is the point person for significant long-term change efforts focusing on all diversity-related matters and efforts at all levels at John Carroll.  Dr. Mills plays a leadership role in identifying obstacles to and solutions for successful implementation of the efforts, facilitates progress by delegating and tracking accountability measures, and developing resource and staffing plans to support these efforts.

In 2009, he was a recipient of the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Task Force on Minority Issues at the Gerontological Society of America, as well as having been recognized for his various contributions to the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program.

Dr. Mills earned both his Masters and Doctoral degrees in sociology and gerontology from the University of Southern California.

A native of New York City, he is married to Antonia Mills, and has two sons, Brion and Dion, along with four grandchildren, Latieon, Kielle, Aryn, and Rhilley.



Mentor Recruitment

John Carroll Students,

The Early College Mentoring Program is looking for freshmen and sophomore students with a passion for leadership and relationship building and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Training will begin this spring and mentoring responsibilities begin next fall. Please expect to participate in the program for a full academic year (2015-2016).

Each mentor will have monthly in-person and virtual communication with an Early College student taking courses on John Carroll’s campus.

Mentors act as a social support and guide for Early College students as they adjust to the responsibilities and requirements of college courses.

If you’re interested in applying, attached is a link to the application form and if you have any questions, please email The applications are due February 27th.

Overview of Speaker Series

The speaker series is a collaboration between John Carroll University and Cleveland Heights University Heights High School that works to bring JCU staff and faculty to the high school to present on topics relevant on the transition from high school into college. Each of these speakers will present on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the high school.

Speaker Series Dates:

January 29th- Dr. Terry L. Mills, John Carroll University’s first Assistant Provost for Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer, will present on minority success in college

February 19th- Dr. Kyle O’Dell, the Director of Orientation & Leadership Programs at JCU, will present on leadership

March 5th- Elizabeth Deegan, M.Ed., the Program Coordinator for the Center for Service and Social Action, will present on volunteering and service

April 16th- Dr. Julia Karolle-Berg, Honors Program Director, will present on what is an Honors Program and how to make yourself a good candidate


For further information, please email


Save the Date!

On April 25th, the Early College Mentoring Program is taking part in Jesuit Day of Service. It is a community outreach day sponsored by John Carroll in conjunction with ten other Northeast Ohio institutions. This is a fantastic opportunity for mentors and Early College students to work together towards building relationships within the Cleveland community and bring life to the service element of being a John Carroll student.

Save the Date- JDOS

Welcome Back! Spring 2015

Hi everyone,

January’s theme is Starting the Semester Right!

In your emails, mentors and mentees should address anxiety towards starting new classes and how they navigate through the first few weeks of classes. Please check the calendars on the Early College Student Resources page and Mentor Resources page to make sure you stay up-to-date with your in-person meetings and email correspondences.