History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Wisconsin - People - Bios

Dan Terrio



Primary Involvements:

Diversity and Motivational Speaker
Advisory Panel, Wis. LGBTQ History Project

Primary Location:

Bowler, WI



For over 25 years, Dan Terrio has inspired countless youth and adults from all walks of life with his story of perseverance, strength and determination. Originally from Bowler, Wisconsin, at the age of 13 he began his motivational speaking and diversity, equity and inclusion career while recovering from injuries that left him temporarily confined to a wheelchair.

Dan later went on to serve two terms as the National Co-President of United National Indian Tribal Youth Inc. (UNITY), the largest American Indian Youth organization in the United States, traveling to all 50 states presenting his inspiring story from growing up on an Indian Reservation to working in Washington D.C., along with the things that happened in the middle.

Today, Dan is an accomplished, award-winning National and TED Certified motivational speaker and trainer, and currently works as the Diversity and Inclusion Manager for Milwaukee County, where he is presently one of the only two-spirit DEI officers in the State of Wisconsin. Dan is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians in Northcentral Wisconsin.

Dan holds a Bachelor's Degree from St. Norbert College, Master's Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, an executive certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University, and is pursuing his PhD in Applied Social Justice from Dominican University.

Dan joined the Advisory Panel of the Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project in November 2023.


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