Black History Month Conversation Series:
Remembering our past. Focused on our future.
In celebration of Black History Month, each Thursday in February, the UNC School of Education’s Dana Griffin — Dean’s Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion — will host leaders in counseling education and psychology for hour-long, online discussions focused on the role of schools of education in uplifting and elevating Black youth, families, and communities. Join us on Thursdays at 11 a.m. EST to participate in the discussion.
About the Speaker
Paul C. Harris
Associate Professor, University of Virginia
Paul C. Harris, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Counselor Education program at the University of Virginia. He is also a faculty affiliate with the Center for Race and Public Education in the South at the University. He earned his B.S.Ed. in Health & Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Medicine and his M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of Virginia. He worked as a high school counselor for several years prior to completing his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Maryland, where the program’s emphasis was on promoting systemic equity, access, and justice in schools through counseling. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Union University. Harris focuses on improving the college and career readiness process of underrepresented students in his research. He is particularly interested in promoting the identity development of Black male student-athletes and understanding how school counselors play a role in that process. In addition to teaching core courses in the school counseling program, Harris designed and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on counseling all student-athletes from a strengths-based perspective, with one of those courses centering on the Black student-athlete experience, specifically. He currently serves on the editorial review board for the Professional School Counseling Journal. He is also the former president of the Virginia School Counselor Association and a former member of the Board of Directors for the American School Counselor Association.