After 20 years as director of the Region X Equity Assistance Center (EAC), Joyce now serves as a manager with a focus on community engagement. Her career has been defined by her professional (and personal) work in making connections and meeting the needs of communities and educators. Before coming to Education Northwest, she served as an administrator at the Black Educational Center, a school she co-founded in Portland, OR from 1980-93. Her teaching experiences include serving a science teacher through OMSI and as an instructor in a Portland Public Schools program for racially and culturally diverse talented and gifted students. In a career with many highlights, Harris considers her annual presentations at the Leveraging Resources Joint Conference through the U.S. Department of Education and a presentation at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government as among the most memorable. Her off-hours work with survivors of Hurricane Katrina led to Portland Monthly recognizing her as one of the 25 people who most define Portland. She is currently finishing a doctoral program in community college leadership from Oregon State University, and she also has degrees from Portland State University and Reed College. Joyce’s passion is collecting books and memorabilia that document the history and culture of African Americans. Her personal library contains over 6,000 books.
I’ve dedicated my personal and professional life to working to improve the lives of children, youth, and the communities who have historically been denied access to equitable and high-quality educational experiences and outcomes.