JESSICA A. HARRIS
The Scoop About Me
Jessica started her education and public outreach career at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). For 7 years, she was as an education outreach specialist and director of the Space Astronomy Summer Program (SASP) for the STScI in Baltimore, MD. While at STScI Jessica was the co-chair of the InvisionWorking Group, member of the Women Empowering Women (WEW) group, and one of the facilitators for the Women in Astronomy Conference & AAS Workshop “Concrete Steps to Make Your Workplace More Inclusive”.
Jessica facilitated a featured activity from these workshops at NRAO called “Understanding Your Privilege”.
For 3 years, Jessica was the STEAM Education Program Development Officer in the Education and Public Outreach Department at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO).
Jessica led the STEAM Education team on two major NRAO programs for middle school and high school students: Radio Astronomy and Physics Program (RAP) and Sister Cities and Observatory Program. Jessica also served on the National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) Advisory Board and as a NAC mentor. As a diversity advocate, she is inspired by the the south African term ubuntu, “I am because we are”. She now serves as external expert on the NAC Advisory Board.
“Bringing people together is what I call ‘ubuntu’, which means ‘I am because we are’. Far too often people think of themselves as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity”, quote by Desmond Tutu.
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Carina Nebula (visible and infrared) image credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team