Monét Harbison was born in West Philly, a stone’s throw from Drexel’s campus. In fact, her first experience with higher education came in the form of a summer program for middle school students at Drexel University. Seeing the positive and negative impacts of predominately white institutions in predominately minority and lower socioeconomic status communities really shaped her philosophy on diversity, equity, education, and access. While completing her master’s program at Drexel, Monét’s view of her future goals changed significantly when the first professors she interacted with in the program were a Black man and a Hispanic man. These interactions inspired Monét to pursue her doctorate. She will begin her classes in the fall. Currently, Monét serves as the associate director of research compliance operations in the Office of Research & Innovation and deputy research integrity officer for the University.
This past year, after the murder of George Floyd, Monét realized that there was a real need to have conversations centering on diversity, equity, inclusion, and access with the Drexel community. This idea led to the creation of the ORI Diversity Dialogue series, where Monét and her colleagues led authentic conversations about allyship, power, privilege, and intersectionality especially as it relates to Drexel’s place and responsibility in Philadelphia. In addition to this series, Monét is very active within the Drexel community; she served on two committees in the Anti-Racism Task Force, is currently the secretary for the Black Faculty and Professional Staff Association, is a member of the Graduate Diversity Advisory Council, and was recently elected the president of the School of Education’s GSA GNOMES. Monét believes that above all, the way to disassemble silos and create a welcome community is through education and collaboration.