I was born and raised in Bellmore, NY, and currently live in Virginia with my amazing wife and three incredible children. When I’m not with them, I spend my time serving as a faculty member in the Curry School of Education at UVA or as pastor of Victory Church of Charlottesville or on the basketball court trying to recreate the good old days.
I earned my B.S.Ed. in Health/Physical Education and my M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of Virginia before working for several years as a high school counselor. I later earned my Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Maryland where I learned how to think systemically about promoting equity, access, and justice in schools. I continued my studies at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, where I earned a Master of Divinity degree and was challenged to analyze the intersection of faith and social responsibility.
My passion is to serve people, especially underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.
I have the privilege of speaking with diverse audiences – high school students, college students, educators, churches, businesses, and more – on a variety of topics, some of which include:
This seminar cultivates more effective working relationships among teams, whether in sports, business, church or another institution. It addresses 4 dimensions of cultural competence. Participants will engage in self-reflection activities that will transform the way they view themselves and engage others in their sphere of influence.
Who Am I Without The Ball?
This seminar promotes the healthy identity development of high school, college, or professional athletes and facilitates the empowerment of those who work with them. A strengths-based analysis of transition is discussed, and participants leave the workshop with concrete steps to personalize and apply in their individual lives and the lives of those with whom they work.
This seminar 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.
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. (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. (2012). The sports participation effect on educational attainment of black males. Education and Urban Society, 46(5), 507-521.