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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Terri Givens

Bridging Racial Divides with Radical Empathy
Terri Givens

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Terri Givens is the CEO and Founder of Brighter Higher Ed. She is also a political scientist with more than 30 years of success in higher education, politics, international affairs, and non-profits. Terri is author of, Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides.

"We live in a time when practicing  empathy, taking action, and creating change and building trust are more important than ever."


"Radical Empathy is the core idea that runs through this book. It requires moving beyond walking in someone else's shoes to taking action that will not only help that person but will also improve our society.


Practicing radical empathy can provide real change in peoples lives, and I empathize the word practicing - I focus on the fact that having empathy is different from practicing empathy."



  1. Bridging divides:  From racism to empathy in the 21st century
  2. Getting to Radical Empathy
  3. My Families Story: The isolation of internalized oppression
  4. Racism and health disparities
  5. Finding empathy in the academy
  6. Love and Marriage
  7. Radical Empathy in leadership: Creating change
  8. Creating change at the national level: Restorative justice and working off the past
  9. Revisiting the path to radical empathy

What is 'radical empathy' and how do we use it to move past structural racism and inequality? Host Grace Won speaks to Bay Area author and political scientist Terri Givens about her forthcoming book, “Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging the Racial Divides."


Inclusive Leadership in Academia with Dr. Terri Givens 

Practicing Radical Empathy with Author Dr. Terri Givens
March 10, 2021
Dr. Terri Givens returns to the show to talk about her newly released book Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides and its implications in higher education and society more broadly. We touch on Terri’s personal story and how it taught her to be vulnerable and to get comfortable in her own skin. This involves empathy for yourself, your family, and your neighborhood as you progress to take action to effect change which is the radical part of Radical Empathy.


Video: Using Radical Empathy to Tackle Racism in America