Vincent T. Harris is a brother, a son, a future partner & father, and a source raised in one of the birthplaces of the Civil Rights Movement, Birmingham, Alabama. As of June 2021, he will serve as the Associate Dean and Director of the Brown Center for Students of Color, at Brown University (Brown). For nearly 12 years of his career has involved supporting underrepresented student populations at small elite private colleges/universities, mid-size liberal arts campuses, and large state system institutions.
He knows first-hand what it entails to lead a university over its realities of unintentionally marginalizing students of color. Since Fall of 2016 he served as California State University, Fullerton’s (CSUF) inaugural Director of the Male Success Initiative. For nearly six years he managed the comprehensive retention services of increasing access and persistence of undergraduate men of color. He was responsible for establishing and building a team, new department, mission and vision, while leading the establishment of the nation’s only physical university center for advancing the retention and graduation of undergraduate men of color.
He is an experienced higher education administrator-scholar who’s professional and research track record restores and explores the lived experiences of undergraduate and graduate students of color as it relates to the intersection of gender, ethnicity, identity (sexual orientation), masculinities, and reimagining acceptance.
While at CSUF is campus wide portfolio included serving as a part-time faculty within CSUF’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Ethnic Studies, teaching courses within the department African American Studies such as; Black Men in America, and Black Performance. His most recent 2021 publications include, “Hidden: The Power of An Untold Story” to be included in the edited Handbook of Research on Leading Higher Education Transformation With Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion and “Elevating His CommUNITY: Black College Men and Leadership Learning with the Local Community” in the edited Chapter-Exploring Black College Men & Leadership Learning.
In 2015, Dr. Harris completed his post-doc employment at Harvard University as an Administrative Fellow in the Harvard College Women's Center, through the Harvard University Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity. Also, in 2015 he earned his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, in Educational Leadership & Research Program focusing on Higher Education, with a minor in Women & Gender Studies. In 2012 he received a M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from Ohio University, and a B.A. in Mass Communication with a minor in Marketing from Auburn University in 2006. Vincent is also a Teach For America ‘07 Houston alumni corps member.
In his spare time, he loves to play with his playful 9-year-old Black Pug named Frankie, host imaginary cooking shows in his kitchen, express his love for music on the Karaoke stage, all while making the most valiant attempts to stick to his weekly jogging & workout schedule.
It is a professional goal of Dean Harris to amplify his passion for community inclusivity among race, gender, and ethnicity for all students of color. He is very excited to join Brown in cultivating a sense of belonging not only for all students of color but also for gay Black men in America like himself. He is grateful, humbled, and ready to serve as leadership for the BCSC originally known as the Third World Center as the center gears up to honoring the nearly 50 year legacy of Brown boldly supporting undergraduate, graduate, and medical school students of color.