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Reinforcing
positive role models…
Over 151 STEM professionals
serve as role models for our programs.
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Solutions to
STEM Attrition
THI Student HS Graduate
Rate is over 98% with 85%
attending college as STEM majors
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RISING KNOWLEDGE
IN FINANCIAL LITERACY
More than 1,000 students
have participated in the financial IQ programs.
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EXPOSING STUDENTS
FROM STEM TO STEAM
Over 5,000 students per year
participate in THI programs nationwide.
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ENABLING TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
IN MEDICINE
Innovative Medical Missions have provided healthcare
for developing nations: HAITI – PERU - ETHIOPIA
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TRANSFORMING HEALTHCARE
Over 271 Community Health Leaders
throughout the US

about us

The Harris Institute is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization founded by former NASA Astronaut Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., to serve socially and economically disadvantaged communities locally and across the nation striving to reach the most underserved populations in the areas of Education, Health, and Wealth.  

We utilize our “Pillars of Success” to empower students and communities throughout the nation and the world.

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our pillars

EDUCATION

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Empowering youth to develop their potential and pursue their dreams.

HEALTH

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Partnering with communities to provide optimum health and wellness

WEALTH

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Securing futures by teaching financial skills and entrepreneurship

Let's change these statistics!



Education: workforce stats in Science and Engineering


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STEM jobs in Computing
 
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Qualified graduates to fill STEM jobs in 2020
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Female qualified graduates to fill STEM jobs in 2020
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Black scientists (S) & engineers (E) working in S & E
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White scientists (S) & engineers (E) working in S & E

Health: Disparities and Inequalities.


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Hispanics under 65 years without health insurance coverage
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African American women 20 years and over with obesity
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African American men 20 years and over with hypertension*

Wealth: the gap has grown since the 2007-2009 Recession


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Hispanic households wealth *decline* 2010 to 2013
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White households wealth *increase* 2010 to 2013

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Homeownership rates for blacks


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Homeownership rates for whites



what we do

We offer interventions for your school district or organization from motivational speeches by Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. to full-blown workshops for teachers and science camps for students from elementary to high school.

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Professional development

Professional Development is available to assist teachers with enhancing their content knowledge and pedagogy by focusing on specific concepts and designing content-rich, student-centered materials using a variety of instructional strategies and resources, including technology. In addition, THI supports teachers in planning, implementing, and evaluating student-centered activities and programs. For more information on our 2017 Professional Development sessions, click here.

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Motivational tours

The Igniting STEAM Tour is a Student Assembly designed to encourage students to set goals and consider STEAM careers. The tour program informs students about the educational opportunities for middle school students, their teachers, parents and school administrators in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) fields in the United States.

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curriculum design

The Harris Institute develops curriculum frameworks for programs that can be hosted at educational institutions. In designing these frameworks, THI follows a process that will result in activities, experiences and events designed to enhance teachers’ content knowledge and pedagogy and to boost students’ academic success.

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STEM-CAE

The STEM Centers of Academic Excellence (STEM-CAE) seeks to provide students with access to educational opportunities in order to develop knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their goals, cultivate lifelong learning and to promote respect for diversity in our global community.
The Harris Foundation’s STEM-CAE are educational institutes, youth-based and professional organizations that host one or more foundation programs. STEM-CAE’s goal is to enhance the academic success of K-16 students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Each STEM-CAE membership level contains a list of programs that institutions/organizations can select to offer. Programs include Saturday Academies, Residential and Non-Residential Summer Academies, Leadership Academies, After School Programs, STEM Clubs, Field-Based Programs, Academic Challenges and Competitions, Virtual Science Camps, Day Camps as well as Professional Development Training.

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Community outreach

The Institute champion initiatives designed to address several aspects of life in Houston, the state of Texas, and beyond. They include youth development, education, financial literacy, and information for a balanced, healthy life.

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Online learning

Online learning has become a reputable alternative - or complement - to traditional face-to-face "seat time". The Harris Institute is no exception to this trend, offering a number of online and blended (online and face-to-face) courses.

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Volunteers

As a volunteer, you are an integral part of the success plan of The Harris Foundation. Our volunteers interweave their desire to make a difference with our vision and core principles to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

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Scholarships

The Institute is proud to have granted scholarships throughout the years to individuals who demonstrated drive and tenacity to achieve their goals. This scholarship is awarded to the top eighth grade students of the Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. Middle School in San Antonio, Texas.

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GET INSPIRED

Watch Dr. Bernard Harris talk about his own life journey

 

our programs

Explore our Programs and see what is right for you or your organization!

our team

We are a seasoned and passionate team of educators, entrepreneurs, grant writers, curriculum designers, and social media strategists.

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DR. BERNARD HARRIS, JR.
President and Founder, Chairman & Board Member
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PAMELA JONES
Executive Director
  
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Chenai J. Okammor
Vice President Strategic initiatives

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BARBARA FOOTS
Director - STEM Centers of Academic Excellence, Adv. Board Member
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Carole Allen
Director Emeritus - Dare to Dream

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Carme Williams, CFRE
Senior Vice President of Development

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Dr. Tonya Jeffery
Director of Education

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ANDREA MOSLEY
Program Director - Dare to Dream, RockIt
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Kimberly Youngblood
Program Administrator

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Melanie Garza
Bookkeeper

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Janice Ford Griffin
Director - RWJF Community Health Leaders

BOARD MEMBERS

We are influencers in:

Inclusive Education | Access and Retention in STEM | STEM Summer Camps

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Blog posts

We are very active across social media platforms. Tag us! #theharrisfoundation

camera “A Scientist Abroad” – an insightful blog by a Chateaubriand STEM Fellow 12 Feb

Last week we let you know about the Chateubriand Scholarship program for outstanding PhD students working in STEM. One of the fellows, Two Brooks, was part of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans Official AfAmeducation He has a great blog on his experience in France during the 4th year of his PhD […]

camera Dr. Bernard Harris was part of a panel at TMC Innovation Institute “1st and Future” pitch competition 6 Feb

Dr. Bernard Harris asks questions to one of the teams selected for the NFL 1st & Future Pitch Competition, as part of the event panel, which took place the day before the game.

camera NFL “1st and Future” pitch competition: the 2017 winners! 6 Feb

NFL “1st and Future” pitch competition has rewarded 3 start-ups working in the advancement of technology and athletes’ health. VesaliuX President Dr. Bernard Harris was one of the panelists judging the startups. The 2017 winners are, for the 3 categories: Communicating with the Athlete: GoRoute On-field wearable technology enhances communication and allows players to receive […]

camera Dare to Dream Day at Atherton! 30 Jan

At Atherton Elementary, students had plenty of questions for Dr. Bernard Harris. This visit took place in the context of the Dare To Dream Program. If your school is the Greater Houston area and wants to join the program, please contact us! #AthertonElementary

camera The Chateaubriand Fellowship Program for STEM PhD students 29 Jan

“Mais oui”… You can apply, from October to January, to the STEM Chateaubriand Fellowship, a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. If you are – or know of – an outstanding doctoral student in the U.S wishing to conduct STEM research in France, visit the Chateaubriand fellowhip website at https://www.chateaubriand-fellowship.org Photos […]

Featured

Some of the latest events we have promoted or participated in.

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    UTA hosts Mars lander

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    The White House Conference on Inclusive STEM Education for Youth of Color

    Pamela Jones at the Conference on Inclusive STEM Education for Youth of Color, organized by the White House. This was an amazing events with parallel panels on topics as important as equal access to STEM education and STEM attrition.

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    Dare to Dream: social media tips

    In the context of the Dare to Dream program, the Foundation organized flyers with very practical; tips on social media for the teachers involved in the 2016/2017 program and the PledgeCents fundraising initiative.

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1330 Post Oak Blvd. Suite 2550,
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Tel: 713.877.1731 | Toll Free: 877.595.6141 | Fax: 713.877.8669
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