Director of Urban Environmental Leadership and Diversity, Antioch University Seattle
Affiliate Faculty, MA Education, Urban Environmental Education
Ron Harris-White is an affiliate faculty member. He teaches several of the core BA Completion courses, including Diversity, Power and Privilege, Urban Agriculture, Reconciliation: The Path to Social Justice; and Environmental Justice.
Ron is also Director of Diversity Services for Antioch University Seattle. His responsibilities include the promotion of educational and cultural enrichment programming and activities for minority students, while at the same time, increasing cross-cultural understanding for the total University community. Ron researches best practices in diversity initiatives and uses those findings to inform decisions. He develops unique programs and communications strategies to promote diversity, and assesses the outcomes of those initiatives with a particular focus on their impact as related to recruitment and retention.
As it relates to community outreach, Ron builds authentic and collaborative working relationships with external diverse communities and stakeholders; works with Academic Affairs and external community members to increase access and inclusion in programs and activities for students from underserved populations.
Ron coordinates cultural awareness programs and assists in the implementation of diversity and inclusion initiatives for the campus community. Ron manages outreach to local and regional leaders, businesses, individuals and groups within diverse cultures. He co-manages “Morethana Farm,” an innovation-based permaculture farm in rural King County: morethanafarm.wordpress.com
Ron helped establish Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative and Seattle Parks Urban Food System program.
- BA, Hunter College
- MPA, Baruch College
- MTS, Seattle University
Ron co-authored a chapter on social justice in “Government is us, 2.0.” http://www.amazon.com/Government-2-0-Cheryl-Simrell-King/dp/0765625024
- National Urban Fellow
- Seattle City Club, Board of Directors
- Pacific Bamboo Resources, Board of Advisors
- World Affairs Council Fellow
“We are charged with changing the world for the better by informing, inspiring and influencing others to contribute to the public good.”