Kimberly Harris

College Adviser

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
November 2017

B.S. in Communication, Boston University, 2003
M.A. in International & Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco, 2011

What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
Take advantage of everything. Ask questions. Make friends with people who are different from you. Don't be afraid to explore things on your own. And take advantage of your resources -- we are here to help because we care about you! Be present in this moment & enjoy it -- you are in potentially one of the most amazing chapters of your life.

Most unusual job you ever had:
I guess I would call it more of an adventure than unusual, but I taught English to high school students in Japan for three years. The main goal of my job was to make learning English fun, so I enjoyed making myself look like a fool at every opportunity. At the very least, I knew this would grab their attention!

How did you get here?
Ever since I was young, I knew that I wanted to be in a helping profession -- I was always tutoring and doing volunteer work in high school and college. After moving to San Francisco in 2008, I kind of stumbled into higher education. Once I started working with students at the college level, I was hooked! In my time as a higher ed professional, I've worked with students with disabilities, coordinated tutor outreach programs to help kids in San Francisco Unified School District, worked one-on-one with students on academic study skills (test-taking, note taking, time management etc.) and have coordinated undergraduate new student orientation. I'm so excited to be working at Cal and am honored to play a role (big or small) in our students' undergraduate experience!

About me:
I am a proud CA native -- from So Cal originally but I now describe myself as 49% SoCal and 51% NorCal. I lived in Boston, London and Japan before moving to the Bay in 2008 with my husband. We've since added a dog and two kids to our little family. I love exploring different restaurants, hiking, camping, and going to wine country, the beach and the mountains.