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JESSICA A. HARRIS

Astrophysicist. Science Communicator. Consultant. Auntie Jess.

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ABOUT ME

I am a astrophysicist, informal educator, science communicator, diversity and inclusion change agent, and dearly known as Auntie Jess. I have a decade of progressive leadership experience in education and public outreach (EPO) and equity, diversity, and inclusion. I am an enthusiastic and engaging public speaker with an affinity for explaining complex science topics to a variety of audiences large and small.

Eagle Nebula (visible) image credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

SPEAKING

I am a sought-after public speaker. I have given hundreds of interactive presentations to all ages from K to grey about Hubble Space Telescope, James Web Space Telescope (JWST), and the Very Large Array (VLA) and the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA). My presentations are designed to inspire and teach people about the amazing wonders of the universe and our place in it. Each talk is tailored to the audience and meant to be interactive.

Eagle Nebula (infrared) image credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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CONSULTING

I am available for consultation related to the design, development, and implementation of education and public outreach (EPO) programs and activities. I am also open to consult on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) related to cultural change within organizations. 

Eagle Nebula (Visible and X-ray) image credit: 

NASA/CXC/INAF/M.Guarcello et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI

AUNTIE JESS MENTORING

I deeply believe it is my purpose to change the system of entry and access for Black and Brown students in STEM.

I am deeply committed to paying it forward by mentoring the next generation of STEM scholars. I am determined to ensure students never feel alone, hopeless, or not enough. I am your champion, your ally, and your mentor. 

Horsehead Nebula (Infrared) image credit: 

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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TESTIMONIALS

Jessica Harris is one of my favorite speakers. Jessica has an impressive ability to talk about a wide range of topics - from astrophysics to STEM inclusion to DE&I in the workplace and in the community. Jessica's knowledge about these topics, combined with her powerful storytelling skills, makes her an excellent guest speaker (keynote or subject-specific). I highly recommend reaching out to Jessica if you're looking for a compelling speaker on STEM or DE&I topics.

Lyndele von Schill

MEET MY CLIENTS

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NATIONAL RADIO ASTRONOMY OBSERATORY

Speaking and Auntie Jess Mentoring

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CALTECH

Co-producing Ask the Astronomers Live (Universe Unplugged)

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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Auntie Jess Mentoring and NSF CAREERS Grant Collaborator

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STANFORD (KIPAC)

Auntie Jess Mentoring

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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY (ESTABLISHING MULTIMESSENGER ASTRONOMY INCLUSIVE TRAINING, EMIT)

Auntie Jess Mentoring (For professionals)

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WE ARE MARCUS ACADEMY

Auntie Jess Mentoring and Outreach Consultant

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NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK PHYSICISTS

Consultant

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LOCKERROOM RELOADED (ROBBIE CADE FURDGE)

Auntie Jess Mentoring (For professionals)

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