Photo courtesy of Regina Harris

The RISD Board of Trustees election is on Nov. 5. Early voting begins Oct. 21.

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District 4: Regina Harris

Why have you decided to run for this position?

I am running for RISD Board of Trustees because I have a vested interest in the district, I am a product of RISD, my son is a product of RISD, and I truly stand behind the districts moto of All means All and I am very passionate about RISD.  I have worked many volunteer hours in RISD in different capacities and this is the next level for me to be able to give back in a big way.

What experience have you had that will help you with this position?

I have over 30 years working in corporate America for Coca-Cola and Yum! Brands Pizza Hut and currently I work for a technology company, Webvent. Inc..  I have served several roles on the RISD PTAs local units (Ways & Means, Membership, President).  I have also served on the RISD Council of PTAs (1st VP Aide and Programs Chairperson), Cub Scouts as, co-Den Leader and Junior BETA Club Sponsor.

If elected, what policies will you advocate for?

I am currently on the RISD Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.  This past school year the committee worked hard to develop an Equity Policy which was adopted by the RISD Board of Trustees.  As a Trustee I would advocate for the Equity Policy along with many policies in RISD.

What do you like about RISD?

There are many things that I like about RISD.  I like the culture that RISD is reaching for, RISD is on a journey, but I believe they will eventually get there.  Along with the culture I appreciate that RISD sets high expectations for academic achievement.  Along with that RISD has a very strong PTA and there is a high level of student participation in sports, band and other activities.

What don’t you like about RISD?

In RISD there are disparities in academic achievement and performance across race, class and income level and unfortunately PTA activity and parent involvement reflect these disparities

What is your favorite part about the neighborhood – Lake Highlands?

My favorite part about the neighborhood is the feeling of community.  I like the fact that so many people care about the neighborhood.

What changes are you hoping to make?

I’m hoping to make a positive change in the culture of RISD.

What – in your opinion – is the culture of RISD?

Currently the culture of RISD is trying to shift in a more positive inclusive direction.  It is a work in progress.

What would you like constituents to know?

RISD has been my community for over 30 years.  I attended and graduated from RISD, I have a son who is a student at Richardson High School, and I have dedicated countless hours through the PTA as well as to RISD as a parent liaison on several committees.  I believe that communication and education are key to student success.