Awards & Recognition

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  • PhD Interdisciplinary Evaluation (Program/Policy) College of Public Health, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • MPH Epidemiology Concentration University of Berkeley, California
  • MSc Plant Pathology (Agriculture) Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • BSc Agricultural Education Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Honorary Degrees / Honoris Causa

  • Honorary Doctorate of Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston MA (April 2013)
  • Honorary Doctorate in Women & Gender Development, Women’s University in Africa, Zimbabwe (Dec 2013)
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK (May 2014)
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science, Loyola University Chicago, IL (May 2014)


  • World Vision International Hope Award
  • Oklahoma State University-Distinguished Alumna Award
  • Oklahoma State University-2012 Graduate of Distinction in Agricultural Leadership
  • Kern University Humanitarian Award
  • 2015: Author of the picture book The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can (Viking Books) with illustrations by Jan Spivey Gilchrist
  • 2013-Present: Adjunct Faculty, Monitoring and Evaluation in Global Health at Drexel University
  • 2013: Named one of 26 Women in the Power List of O, the Oprah Magazine SA
  • 2013: Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology) from University of California, Berkeley
  • 2011: Oprah Winfrey named Dr. Trent her “All-time Favorite Guest” at the finale of her syndicated show
  • 2011-2013: Fellow at University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Trent conducted research on HIV prevention in Sub Saharan Africa with a special focus on women and girls.
  • 2009-Present: Founder of Tinogona Foundation, now known as Tererai Trent International
  • 2009: Tererai’s story featured in NY Times bestseller, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
  • 2009: Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Evaluation from Western Michigan University
  • 2002-2010: Deputy Director, Monitoring & Evaluation at Heifer International
  • 2002: Bachelors in Agricultural Education and Masters in Plant Pathology from Oklahoma State University
  • “Tererai” means “listen” in the Shona language in Zimbabwe. Her full first name is actually “Tereraishokoramwari” which means, “We listen to the word of the spirit.”
  • Tererai’s mother’s name “Shamiso” means “One who holds miracles.”