Unreasonable Mentors

Rénard Harris

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, College of Charleston

Rénard is an Unreasonable Mentor. Rénard has participated in 6 programs, including mentoring virtually in Fall 2020 Programs, and has advised over 79 Unreasonable companies.
Dr. Rénard Harris is the Vice President of Access and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at the College of Charleston (2016-present). His primary responsibilities are to raise the visibility of the institution’s diversity efforts by building collaborative relationships, unifying the campus by educating and highlighting the core essence and strengths of various identities, guiding diversity programs and workshops, and creating initiatives that improve the success of underserved students.
Rénard has been at the College of Charleston since the Fall of 2005. He began as faculty and he was promoted to Associate Professor of Teacher Education in 2013. Since his time at the College of Charleston and several years prior, he has explored multicultural education, diversity, equity, and inclusion, storytelling, the Blues as story, cultural responsiveness, and bias. He is often called upon to serve as a keynote speaker, diversity facilitator, and consultant for businesses and educational institutions.
Rénard holds an Ed.D in Teacher Education from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN where he completed his dissertation entitled An Interpretive Analysis of the Formative Period of Journal Publications related to Multicultural Education, 1977-1987 under the guidance of chair Dr. Thomas Turner. He completed a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Tennessee and taught for five years in Alcoa Middle School in Alcoa, Tennessee.