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Jess Harris

Community Research Program Manager

Jessica holds a Master’s in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia, where she also earned an Interdisciplinary B.A in arts nonprofit management & education. Her role at the Equity Center is focused on supporting the arts research initiative centered on supporting BIPOC arts organizations and their community-oriented work. Jessica’s work is situated at the intersection of arts, education, and community engagement. She has been published in arts journal Arts Praxis and continues to engage in arts and equity-based research. Since 2018, Jessica has served on UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Community Engagement Committee and continues to engage with truth-telling and memorialization efforts across the University and in the surrounding area. Jessica is also the founder and Artistic Director of Empowered Players, a local arts education nonprofit dedicated to uplifting the human spirit through access to arts education & creative connection.