About

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

I earned my B.S.Ed. in Health & Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Medicine and my M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of Virginia. I completed my 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. I also attained a master of divinity degree from Virginia Union University, where I more deeply explored the intersection of my faith and social responsibility.

My passion is to help all people discover and deploy their God-given talents, especially Black people.

Research to Practice

My research draws from my previous experience as a high school counselor and focuses on three areas: 1) Investigating the college and career readiness process of Black youth; 2) Analyzing the identity development process of Black male student-athletes and the role of school counselors in facilitating their multidimensional sense of self; and 3) Examining the process of training school counselors to promote equity and access in K-12 schools.

I currently serve on the Senior Advisory Board for The Professional Counselor journal. I am also the former president of the Virginia School Counselor Association and former member of the Board of Directors for the American School Counselor Association.

Ready Athletes is a mobile application comprised of informational messages that support the college and career readiness for all athletes, particularly Black athletes.

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Men Passionately Pursuing Purpose (MP3) is a small group counseling curriculum designed to promote the college and career readiness of Black male student-athletes through healthy identity development.

Speaking Engagements

I speak with diverse groups including, but not limited to, K-20 students, teachers, professors, counselors, school administrators, athletes, coaches, governing boards, and churches. I intentionally curate inviting spaces and make current research and best practices accessible to all, facilitating your empowerment to create change in your sphere of influence.

select keynotes and workshops

Pursuing Cultural Competence

Black History: When a Moral Imperative is Not Enough

Student Athletes and Mental Health

Who Am I Without The Ball

Teammates Matter

Promoting SEL With Black Male Student-Athletes

select partners and clients

Charlottesville City Schools

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Albemarle County Public Schools

West Virginia University Athletics

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

American School Counselor Association

NYC Men Teach – The City University of New York

Virginia College Advising Corps

Dr. Paul Harris is an outstanding educator and professional. I have had the pleasure of working with him at both the collegiate and national level. He always focuses on what messaging and methods are best to meet the needs of the students and professionals in attendance. Dr. Harris strives to create interactive and introspective presentations that captivate his audience and make an impact long after the session ends.

Holly Deering, M.ed., Associate Director, Apple institute, University of virginia

Dr. Paul Harris is a masterful educator, scholar, preacher, and counselor with heart and commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, diversity and well-being. It is a pleasure, privilege and blessing to know him professionally and personally.

Cheryl bailey Gittens, ed.d., associate vice provost, University of wisconsin-madison

Paul is fantastic at engaging people in thoughtful dialogue! He quickly connects with audiences through his honest, caring approach.

susie bruce, m.ed., director, gordie center, university of virginia

Dr. Harris is a phenomenal presence. He was our featured Town Hall speaker November 2020 for the topic, “Teaching to Save Black Lives: On Teaching, Protesting and Revolutionizing Education.” Our Town Hall series features experts and scholars who address current themes and diverse issues in education. Dr. Harris’ expertise, content knowledge and first-hand experience as a practitioner working with underrepresented student populations helped to situate the conversation and connection with our student and scholarly community. Dr. Harris’ “real talk” style and presentation resonated deeply with our students, and his concrete, solution-oriented wisdom was the impetus our urban educators needed to continue championing the cause of freedom for all.

Nathaniel smith, director, NYC men teach/queens college of the city university of new york

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