Sara Harris (SY ’19) is a Sociology major from the small town Glide, Oregon. Her interests include rural education policy, access to higher education, especially for high-achieving low-income students, and LGBTQ+ inclusive curriculum. In her spare time, you can find her working in a theater, or playing saxophone in the Yale Concert Band and Yale Precision Marching Band.
In past education studies courses, Harris has researched the unique challenges that students from rural areas have in pursuing higher education, and the effects of specific policies in rural districts. She has also written “Don’t Say Gay: Why States Are Erasing LGBTQ Students, and How They Have the Power to Change It” (2017) a policy-focused overview of curriculum laws excluding LGBTQ topics and students, their effects, and state progress toward more inclusive curriculum.
Harris currently volunteers with a program run through the Yale Farm called Seed to Salad. The program brings 2nd grade classes from New Haven schools to the farm to learn about plants and food production. She enjoys bringing this unique experiential learning opportunity to students.
Harris has worked with Matriculate, a non-profit focusing on education access, since 2015. Matriculate’s mission is to empower high-achieving, low-income high school students to apply to top colleges and universities that match their academic profile, by pairing them with trained college students working as virtual advisors. Beyond mentoring several students herself, she worked as an intern at Matriculate’s main office developing curriculum and advisor training materials in summer 2016.