Terrence Wilson, J.D.

Terrence Wilson, J.D.

Regional Policy and Community Engagement Director

Terrence Wilson, J.D., is IDRA’s regional policy and community engagement director where he is working across the U.S. South to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and ensure equitable access to education for every student. He brings experience from a number of civil rights law and policy organizations that place equity and justice at the forefront of their work. He directs IDRA’s Southern Education Equity Network (SEEN) in Texas and Georgia. He worked with Virginia education leaders, researchers and advocates to develop What Virginia’s Anti-Equity Executive Order 1 and Reports Mean for K-12 Schools and Students – A Guide for School Leaders.

He has worked across the country in organizations, such as the Advancement Project in Washington, D.C., the Brennan Center for Justice in New York, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, the Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory School of Law and the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to analyzing data and performing policy research, he has been actively engaged in several state legislatures, lobbying and testifying on behalf of legislation aimed at closing the school-to-prison pipeline. He also brings organizing and community engagement experience to IDRA from his work on political campaigns and with local elected officials.

Terrence was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. He then attended the University of Georgia where he received his juris doctor and a master’s degree in public administration.

Fun Fact: I spent a month sea kayaking in Southeast Alaska and spent the night on Kuiu Island which has one of the highest density Black Bear populations in North America.

Other Writing by Terrence Wilson

School Dollars Diverted in 2023 A Scan of Private School Voucher Legislation in the U.S. South, eBook by Terrence Wilson, J.D., 2023

School Rezoning: Essential Practices to Promote Integration and Equity, in Integration and Equity 2.0: New and Reinvigorated Approaches to School Integration, American Institutes for Research. By Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, Andrene Castro, Kim Bridges, &d Terrence Wilson, September 2023

Eradicating the School-to-Prison Pipeline through a Comprehensive Approach to School Equity, Arkansas Law Review, by Morgan Craven, J.D., Paula Johnson, Ph.D., & Terrence Wilson, J.D.

Media featuring Terrence Wilson

Alabama ‘parents’ rights’ bill: What would it mean for families?, Jemma Stephenson, Alabama Reflector, February 14, 2023

Unbanning History: Georgia teen organizers fight back against school censorship, Rhonda Sonnenberg, Southern Poverty Law Center, September 2, 2022 (Also ran in Georgia Law News, September 4, 2022)

Georgia House panel advances broad school voucher plan, by Jeff Amy, Atlanta CW 69, February 2, 2022

Critics say Georgia bill intended to ease school library book bans a ‘slippery slope’, Ross Williams, GPB News – PBS, January 26, 2022

Georgia Bill Would Give Schools 7 Days to Remove Material Parents Think Harmful to Minors, Ayumi Davis, Newsweek, January 25, 2022

Bill: Give Georgia parents way to quash ‘obscene’ school materials, Jeff Amy, WABE, January 25, 2022

Critics say Georgia race bill threatens financial blow to schools, Ty Tagami, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 21, 2022