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Courtney Rose Harris '10

New Media Campaign Manager at SEIU, Washington, D.C.

History & Political Science Major
American Cultural Studies & African Studies Minor

“I work as a New Media Campaign Manager at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) -- the fastest-growing union in North America, focused on building a fair economy, providing workers a voice on the job, fighting for equality, and ensuring that all working people can live with dignity. I lead online organizing and strategy efforts for SEIU's Public Services Division and get to work on some really exciting and critical campaign issues.”

Key milestones?

“A key milestone for me was my work in advocating for economic justice through 9to5, the National Association of Working Women, and pushing for civil rights enhancements through the NAACP. As a result, I not only went on to work for the NAACP National Communications and New Media Office, but also I am now a new media campaign manager for SEIU, one of the world's largest labor unions. My time at CC, where social media was a huge interest, helped me define my own online identity at www.theblacktivist.com, a blog and online community exploring the intersection of race, gender, politics, and pop culture.”

I do know that I want to help young women find their voices and find their way in a political landscape that isn't often fair and just -- especially to women of color.

Future aspirations?

“When I was about 10 I decided I was going to run for political office -- governor, maybe senator. In today's world, I am not so sure about that. I do know that I want to help young women find their voices and find their way in a political landscape that isn't often fair and just -- especially to women of color.”

Block Plan benefits?

“I developed the gift of speed-reading because of the Block Plan and I think my ability to truly focus on a task is uncanny! It’s an education unlike any other that taught me how to read, think, and speak critically not only in the classroom, but in the real world as well.”