A native New Yorker on a mission to encourage a more inclusive World, I am a disrupter, a truth teller, and a justice seeker. I work to shine light onto truths that can be hard to recognize. For the early part of my career I found myself wondering how to be a good ally for racial justice. That’s why I’ve focused my research on understanding, from the perspectives of folks of color, what White people can do to disrupt and dismantle systemic racism. Through my research and 12+ years of experience as a higher education professional, I have developed a framework for effective allyship that outlines an action-based guide for disrupting racism on individual, group, and organization levels.
I am committed to sharing the knowledge that I’ve learned to support other White folks in expanding their capacity as change agents. By providing tangible tools, I empower others to identify and effectively disrupt racism, to develop as allies and accomplices for racial justice. I work with individuals and teams to identify ways that racism is manifested and how it is upheld. I believe that we can’t disrupt what we can’t identify, so we must first learn to recognize the pervasiveness of racism in our culture and then effectively disrupt it.
Through my approach, I work to take something that is often overwhelming and make it approachable and actionable, because I believe that each of us has the capacity to change the World. Whether through coaching, speaking, trainings, or consulting, I bring into the light truths that are often unseen or unappreciated, encouraging individuals to embody their power as allies and change agents.
I am a dedicated student affairs and higher education leader with more than 12 years of progressive experience serving students at traditional and specialized arts institutions. A skilled problem solver with a knack for working strategically across teams to drive change and enhance the student experience, I launched Farris Consulting in 2017 with the goal of supporting student affairs and higher education with equity and inclusion consulting and training. Previous positions include: Associate Dean of Students at the New York Institute of Technology, Dean of Residence Life at Saint Peter's University, and Assistant Director of Student Life at The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center. Prior to that I served in several residence life positions.
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Doctor of Education, Higher Education Management with Double Distinction for oral defense and written dissertation.
Dissertation Title: "I Wish They Would...": The Role White Student Affairs Professionals Can Play in Disrupting Systemic Racism in the Supervision of People of Color in Higher Education
M.A., University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Master of Arts in Education, Higher Education and Student Affairs
B.A., Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Bachelors of Arts, Psychology