Patricia Harris – Staff Diversity Award
Director of Recruitment, School of Education
Vice Chair, Carolina Black Caucus
Patricia serves as the Director of Recruitment in the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill. In this position, she provides oversight for student recruitment initiatives and establishes collaborative strategies and programs designed to expand the pipeline of diverse candidates. In a short period of time, Patricia has proven to be a key player in advancing and propelling the School of Education forward. She serves as the School of Education’s Diversity Liaison and the Vice Chair of the Carolina Black Caucus. Additional, Patricia is a board member for the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources as the Senior Vice President-Collegiate Network. She is also a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Patricia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Savannah State University and obtained a Master’s degree in Counseling from Argosy University. She recently completed the Women in Education program at Harvard University and is currently pursing a doctorate degree in Higher Education management from the University of Georgia.
Beginning her professional career in higher education in 2002, Patricia formed an interest in college admissions and recruitment, and has since translated this interest into a successful career as a higher education professional. Realizing her passion, she has operated in various leadership roles at highly selective public and private institutions in new York, Georgia and North Carolina. Throughout her career, she has been committed to equity, college access, and improving outcomes for students of color. She has a track record of effectively closing achievement and attainment gaps for minority students both nationally and globally. Patricia is a two-time “Forty Under 40” honoree. She received this recognition in 2010, through the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce in New York, and again in 2019 by the Triangle Business Journal for her commitment to civic engagement and embodying the spirit of progressiveness in her profession. In 2018, she was selected as one of the Triangle business Journal’s Leaders in Diversity and in 2019, the Carolina Center for Public Service honored her with the Robert E. Bryan Service Award. Patricia is regarded as an expert in diversity recruitment and has been featured in several media outlets for her work in teacher recruitment in North Carolina.