2017 AAUW Alumnae Recognition Awardee: Tererai Trent, Ph.D.
Get to Know the 2017 AAUW Alumnae Recognition Awardee
Tererai Trent, Ph.D., is one of today’s most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment. Distinguished as Oprah Winfrey’s “All-Time Favorite Guest,” Trent is a scholar, humanitarian, motivational speaker, educator, author, and the founder of Tererai Trent International whose mission is to provide quality education in rural Africa.
Rooted in humble beginnings, Trent grew up in a cattle-herding family in rural Zimbabwe. Despite facing many obstacles, she never lost sight of her dreams of an education. Trent could not have imagined that her steadfast determination, hard work, and belief in her dreams would eventually earn her a prominent global platform with world leaders and international audiences where she leads the global charge in the fight for quality education and women’s rights. Trent has been a keynote speaker twice at the U.N. Global Compact Leaders Summit, where she used her growing voice to appeal to international businesses to invest in equal access to quality education, and is currently an adjunct professor in Monitoring and Evaluation in Global Health at Drexel University’s School of Public Health.
Trent’s new picture book, The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can, is based on her story of perseverance. She has become a symbol of hope and living proof that anything is possible. Her favorite motto is “tinogona,” which in Shona means, “It is achievable!”