September 23, 2020
The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others by law enforcement and vigilantes have sparked a national movement against anti-Black racism. This movement has motivated college and university educators to deeply examine longstanding institutional policies and practices that are rooted in systemic racism and directly contradict diversity, equity, inclusion and similarly espoused values. Harris will discuss racism in college and university contexts and propose concrete actions that can help institutions move toward becoming anti-racist.
Frank Harris III, Ed.D., is best known for his expertise in racial [in]equity in postsecondary education. He has made important contributions to the field of college student development and the social construction of gender and race in college contexts. His work prioritizes populations that have been historically underrepresented and underserved in education. Harris’s scholarship has been published in leading journals for higher education and student affairs research and practice. He has delivered more than 500 academic and professional presentations and his commentary has been sought by media outlets including CNN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education, to name a few. Harris has worked as a student affairs educator and college administrator in the areas of student affairs administration, student crisis support and advocacy, new student orientation programs, multicultural student affairs, academic advising and enrollment services. Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies at Loyola Marymount University, a master’s degree in speech communication at California State University Northridge and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Southern California.
Co-Sponsors: Black Lives at MUDD (BLAM), Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA) and Chicano Latinx Student Affairs (CLSA).