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Recruitment director Patricia Harris wins UNC Diversity Award

Patricia Harris, the School of Education’s recruitment director, has won a 2020 UNC Diversity Award.

Carolina’s Diversity Awards are given to recognize significant contribution, time and effort of Carolina community members towards advancing an inclusive climate. Harris is one of the two winners in the staff category.

Harris leads efforts at the School of Education to build student enrollment in the School’s academic programs. She joined the School of Education in 2017 with more than a decade of experience working in admissions counseling and recruitment.

Harris is a national board member with the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, serving as senior vice president of the organization’s Collegiate Network, which organizes a group of NAAAHR ambassadors at higher education institutions across the country.

She also is active with the Carolina Black Caucus, serving as the vice-chair and membership committee chair, developing and implementing programs, projects and activities to support the retention and recruitment of CBC members.

In 2018, she was selected as one of the Triangle Business Journal’s Leaders in Diversity and in 2019, the Carolina Center for Public Service honored her with the Robert E. Bryan Service Award.

Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Savannah State University and obtained a master’s degree in counseling from Argosy University. She has completed the Women in Education program at Harvard University and is pursuing a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Georgia.

Read more about the award and Harris here.

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By Michael Hobbs