Dr. Frank Harris III is Professor of Postsecondary Education in the College of Education and Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) at San Diego State University. His research is broadly focused on student development and success in postsecondary education. With more than 50 scholarly publications to his credit, Harris’s scholarship has been published in leading journals for higher education and student affairs research and practice. He has also delivered more than 300 academic and professional presentations throughout his career. His commentary has been sought by several high-profile media outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, to name a few.
Before joining the faculty at San Diego State, Harris worked as a student affairs educator and college administrator in the areas of student affairs administration, student crisis support and advocacy, new student orientation programs, multicultural student affairs, academic advising, and enrollment services. He also served as an adjunct professor of speech communication at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.
Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies at Loyola Marymount University, a master’s degree in speech communication at California State University Northridge, and a doctorate in higher education from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.
Beyond the Plan: Advancing Equity Efforts in Community Colleges: Across the California Community College system, equity plans have been created to address outcomes for student groups experiencing disproportionate impact in comparison to their peers. As college leaders implement these plans, it is imperative to consider the cultural and political dynamics of their institutions that can be leveraged to advance equity-based efforts. The presenter will address these dynamics and discuss the critical roles that community college students, faculty, and staff play in ensuring a sustained commitment to equity and success for historically underserved students.