Urban Mosaic Center

for Social Justice

Dr. Neil Harris, Founder

ABOUT OUR FOUNDER

Dr. Neil S. Harris, the founder of The Urban Mosaic Center for Social Justice and The Harris School for Global Empowerment has been involved in the field of education for the past 15 years.  He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Cairn University, a Masters of Science in Education from Long Island University, a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Cambridge University and is scheduled to defend his dissertation in Spring 2016 to receive his PhD in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, where his research explores the “The Impact of Teacher Supportiveness in High School Students with Disabilities. After transitioning from a successful career in Finance, he returned to his first passion, which was improving outcomes for minority students. 

 

His New York City teaching career began as a high school special education and social studies teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School in East New York, Brooklyn.  He remained there until the school closed and received a position as an Assistant Principal at Transit Tech CTE High School also in East New York, Brooklyn.  He was eventually promoted to the position of Principal.  Mr. Harris became the first African-American principal of a school where over 80% of the students were male and over 90% were minorities.  During his tenure as Principal the school was recognized as 1 of 40 schools in New York City that successfully graduated boys of color.  While working as an Administrator he became an adjunct professor at Long Island University, teaching graduate students in the Masters in Urban Education Program.  This expanded his reach by allowing him to teach new teachers how to successfully impact students in an urban setting.  In 2013 he was offered a full-time position at the University to serve as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Alternative Teaching Certification program.  Harris as is he is affectionately known to his students was faced with making the decision to leave the school he loved to move to a position in higher-education as the only African-American male at Long Island University’s – School of Education.  The thought of having the ability to impact the population of new teachers helped him make the decision to widen his influence for the marginalized minority communities within the 5 boroughs of New York City. 

 

It was from these diverse areas of exposure within the urban communities that the Urban Mosaic Center for Social Justice and The Harris School for Global Education were birthed. 

 

A mosaic is formed by creating a process that applies pressure to small fractured pieces of differences to reveal a consistent composition of beauty.

 

-Black Lives Matter-

PROFESSIONAL INITIATIVES/AFFILIATIONS

 

  • Member – American Association of Blacks in Higher Education

  • Member – Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

  • Member – Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color

  • Member – National Association of Alternative Certification

  • Member – American Association of College Teacher Educators

  • Member – Urban Teacher Education Consortium (UTEC)