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Trish Harris

Trish Harris

(TRISH HAA-riss)

Senior Director of Education, Operations and Initiatives

patricia.harris@unc.edu

The Senior Director for Education, Operations, and Initiatives reports to the Vice Provost / Chief Diversity Officer (VP/CDO) and serves as a member of the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) leadership team. The Senior Director will assist in designing, implementing, and coordinating innovative diversity and inclusion programming and leadership throughout the university. The Senior Director will manage the operations of the University D&I Office and will lead the budget development process, coordinate the HR processes, assist in producing reports, internal and external documents, presentations, and briefs, and guide the educational outreach efforts of the staff. The Senior Director for Education, Operations, and Initiatives will also manage all student access, success and engagement, and other special initiatives and projects as assigned by the VP/CDO.

The Senior Director will assist the VP/CDO with diversity-related work of the D&I Council, diversity liaisons, development of the university-wide metrics, the diversity report, and other diversity-related committee assignments needing the expertise of the University Office of D&I. The Senior Director will assist in monitoring the emerging and ever-iterative diversity landscape on campus, statewide, and nationally to better coordinate existing and evolving committee advisory councils, task forces, and centers work. The Senior Director will also serve as a delegate for the VP/CDO at meetings, university committees, and briefings as needed.

The Senior Director will facilitate continuity in quality, efficiency, and collaboration, optimize performance among employees in the unit, and monitor program implementation, management, and delivery according to the vision, mission, and priorities of the department as articulated by the university and VP/CDO and will assist in the design /coordination of staff development experiences. The Senior Director will also research, recommend and coordinate the integration of new technology systems in the unit. The Senior Director will collaborate with the VP/CDO, Human Resources, the Equal Opportunity, and Compliance Office, and other campus partners to develop and implement strategies for improved recruitment and hiring practices and coordinate with Institutional Research on assessment and data management projects.

The Senior Director will design and deliver diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence-related educational development programs, presentations, workshops, and learning modules for faculty, staff, and students. The Senior Director will guide others on the D&I team in providing educational programming. The Senior Director will also consult administrators and other leaders to design strategies. The Senior Director will incorporate equity, respect, and inclusion into basic department work processes (e.g., reward, promotion, employee-student development) and offer and implement institution-wide changes to ensure equity, inclusion, and respect for all faculty, staff, and students.

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