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About Me.

Jessica A. Harris brings over a decade of experience in STEM education and public outreach. She has supported students to achieve educational outcomes at Space Telescope Science Institute as the Education Outreach Specialist and Director of the Space Astronomy Summer Program (SASP). Her students dearly call me Auntie Jess. In addition, she has led public advocacy initiatives to drive change in programming efforts at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) as the STEAM Education Program Development Officer and site lead for the National Astronomy Consortium (NAC). Harris was the Program Director for the Clark Scholars Program at the University of Virginia (UVA) in the Engineering School in Charlottesville. She is the owner and Founder of Jessica A. Harris, LLC.  Her consulting firm specializes in the areas of education and outreach, diversity, equity and inclusion, Adult Mental Health First Aid instructor, and mentoring through Auntie Jess programming. For three years, Harris served as commissioner and two years Chair of the Human Rights Commission in the City of Charlottesville. Harris also serves as an outside expert on the National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) Advisory Council. Harris is a proud alumna of two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Harris obtained a B.S. in physics from Grambling State University and an M.A. in physics from Fisk University as part of the Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program.

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