About

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

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

My research draws from my previous experiences as a school counselor and coach and focuses on: 1) Investigating the college and career readiness process of Black youth; 2) Analyzing the identity development process of Black male student-athletes; and 3) Examining the process of training school counselors to promote equity and access in K-12 schools.

My work has been funded by numerous agencies, including the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). To date, I have authored and co-authored 27 total scholarly publications (21 peer reviewed articles and 6 book chapters) in a wide range of outlets including, but not limited to, Professional School Counseling, Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, Journal for Specialists in Group Work, Urban Education, and Journal for African American Males in Education.

I currently serve on the editorial review board for the Professional School Counseling Journal and on the Senior Advisory Board for The Professional Counselor journal.

I am also a former president of the Virginia School Counselor Association and former member of the board of directors for the American School Counselor Association. 

Curriculum Vita

Ready Athletes

Ready Athletes exists to see all athletes, particularly Black athletes, ready for college and career.

MOBILE APPLICATION COMING BACK SOON!!!

MP3

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.

Research

*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.

Services

SELECT keynotes AND TRAINING

Pursuing Purpose through Cultural Competence

Communicating for Change: Critical Consciousness Matters

Engaging Parents of Underserved Students

When a Moral Imperative is Not Enough

Who Am I Without The Ball

Teammates Matter

Minimizing the Race Gap in College Completion

Teaching to Save Black Lives

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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