I was born and raised in Bellmore, NY, and currently live in Virginia with my amazing wife and three incredible children. 

My passion is to help people discover and deploy their God-given talents, especially those from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

Curriculum Vita


Men Passionately Pursuing Purpose (MP3) exists to see Black male athletes thrive in and out of sport.

MP3 research and practice focuses on the college and career readiness of Black male athletes by facilitating empowerment through critical consciousness, identity development, and social action.


Passionately Pursuing Purpose

This presentation highlights and reinforces the power inherent in our unique voice and challenges the listener to look beyond their position and see purpose.

Teammates Matter

This presentation cultivates more effective working relationships among teams, whether in sports, business, church or another institution.

 Who Am I Without The Ball?

 This presentation promotes the healthy identity development of high school, college, or professional athletes and/or facilitates the empowerment of those who work with them.

 Integrity Matters

This presentation dissects the meaning of integrity, and applies it as appropriate to the audience served. Appropriate for K-16 students, educators, business leaders, church leaders, and more.

Pursuing Purpose through Cultural Competence

This presentation discusses 4 dimensions of cultural competence and addresses how to recognize non-inclusive practices and policies.

Pursuing Purpose through Words

This presentation deconstructs healthy and empowering relationships, and differentiates between intentionally/unintentionally inviting/disinviting language.

Select Scholarly Works

*Authors are doctoral students
**Authors are master’s students

Hines, E. M., Harris, P. C., Mayes, R. D., Moore III, J. L. (2020). I think of college as setting a good foundation for my future: Black males navigating the college decision making process. Journal for Multicultural Education, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JME-09-2019-0064

Harris, P. C., Mayes, R. D., Freeman, C., **Eberly, B., **Tatby, N., & **Wiener, S. (2019) Men passionately pursuing purpose: A group counseling intervention for Black male student athletes.  Journal for Specialists in Group Work.

Hines, E. M., Vega, D., Mayes, R. D., Harris, P. C., & Mack, K. (2019). College and career readiness: School psychologists & school counselors as collaborators. Journal for Multicultural Education, 13(3), 190-202.

Harris, P.C., Pusser, B., Kelly, D., Hull, M., Gates, P., Desmond, R. (2018). Promoting identity development in student athletes: There’s an app for that. Journal of EducationalResearch and Interdisciplinary Studies, 2(2), 34-55.

Adams, W., Harris, P.C., & Mayes, R.D. (2018). Ain’t I a woman? African American women’s identity as student athletes at predominately white institutions. Journal of Educational Research and Interdisciplinary Studies, 1(2), 6-31.

Hines, E. M., Moore III, J. L., Mayes, R. D., Gray, C. N., & Jackson, C. E., & Harris, P.C. (2017). Making student achievement a priority: The role of school counselors in turnaround schools. Urban Education, DOI: 10.1177/0042085916685761

Harris, P.C., Hines, E.M., & Hipolito-Delgado, C. (2016). Perceptions of counselor educators: Training school counselors in college and career readiness counseling of African-American males. Journal for Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 8(3),    http://dx.doi.org/10.7729/83.1133.

Harris, P. C., Mayes, R. D., Vega, D, & Hines, E. M. (2016). Reaching higher: College and career readiness for African American males with learning disabilities. Journal ofAfrican American Males in Education, 7 (1), 52-69.

Harris, P.C. (2016, January). Culturally competent school counseling. American School Counselor Association (ASCA) 2016 Webinar Series.

Harris, P.C., Pusser, B., Kelly, D., Gates, P., Bauman, J., Fekadu, S., Desmond, R., & Teate, A. (2016, January). Promoting identity development in student athletes: There’s an app for that. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Annual Convention. San Antonio, TX.

Harris, P.C. (2015, March). Empowering Black male student athletes through group counseling. American School Counselor Association (ASCA) 2015 webinar series.

Harris, P. C., Hines, E. M., Kelly, D. D., Williams, D. J., & Bagley, B. (2014). Promoting the Academic Engagement and Success of Black Male Student-Athletes. The High School Journal, 97(3), 180-195.

Harris, P. C. (2014). The sports participation effect on educational attainment of black males.  Education and Urban Society, 46(5), 507-521.

Holcomb-McCoy, C., Harris, P.C., Hines, E., & Johnston, G. (2008). School counselors’ multicultural self-efficacy: A preliminary investigation. Professional School Counseling, 11, 3, pp. 166-178.