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makesha harris

 MaKesha Harris, Ed.D. 

(618) 650‑3701


Doctor of Education, Higher Educational Leadership, Maryville University

Master of Science in College Student Affairs, Eastern Illinois University

Bachelor of Science in Education, Eastern Illinois University

Associate of Arts, Kaskaskia College 

Professional Background

How long have you been doing what you do?
I started as a graduate assistant Academic Advisor in 2005. I have been working in various higher education positions ever since.

How long have you been at SIUE?
I have been working at SIUE since 2014

What are you known for professionally?
Being well organized and always looking for what’s next.

What do you have a knack for?
Reading people and relating to others. I do my best to have a comfortable space for when students or parents come into my office. I like for it to feel more like a “visit” rather than an appointment.

What are you most passionate about professionally?
Helping students develop into well-rounded individuals. As an advisor, I help mostly with course selections, but I enjoy speaking with students about life choices as a college student and young adult, as well.

What do you love most about working at SIUE?
The flexibility to try new things. Fall 2017 will be my first time working as an advisor in the residence halls. I look foward to the more laid back and less formal environment. I have always been a fan of community learning and engagement so I am excited for this new opportunity.  Fall 2017, I also had the opportunity to implement the SIUE Pre-collegiate program. 

What are your primary duties in your current position?
Advising first year students who reside in Prairie Hall. 

Personal Information

Where can we find you when you’re not working?
You can find me spending time with family and traveling. I also participate in several speaking engagements that focus on Black women and hair discrimination. 

Where did you grow up?
Centralia, Ill.

Any volunteer activities you’re crazy about?
I have really enjoyed serving at the Ronald McDonald House. This is a place where you can grab some friends, and you cook a meal for the families who are housed there. These are family members of children who are in the hospital for different medical reasons. It is such a fun experience

Any non-profits you love?
Girl Scouts! And a not-for-profit organization that is in the works called Kingdoms Kitchen, located at Overcomers Christian Center in Madison, Ill. It’s a place where people from the community can come and have a three-course meal for free!

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