HBCU Alum of the Month: Zakiya Harris

Zakiya Harris, born and raised in Queens, NY, is a proud graduate of Hampton University, where she received her B.A. degree in Psychology. She received her M.A. in Dance Education from New York University. She has worked in the NYC Department of Education for 12 years as a dance teacher at Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, where she is the Director of Perfoming Arts.  She is also the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Asase Yaa School of the Arts located in Brooklyn, NY. Zakiya is very passionate in her support of HBCU’s and as a result has had great influence over the decision of many of her students to apply, attend and graduate from HBCU’s. She has assisted students under her tutelage to obtain acceptance to institutions such as Hampton, Howard, Delaware State, Morgan State, Johnson C Smith, South Carolina State,  Xavier,  Shaw, Morehouse and countless others. Zakiya’s mission is to expose as many students as possible to the great benefits of attending an HBCU and raise awareness of how necessary HBCUs are. Zakiya credits Hampton University with providing her a safe, positive and encouraging  space to grow emotionally, spiritually, personally and intellectually. “At Hampton I was able to gain the confidence I needed to take on the “real world”.  Thank you Zakiya for all that you do, to advocate for HBCUs here in NYC <3




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