Striving to play a role in creating sustainable change for generations.
Tamir D. Harper is a rising college freshman and a Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholar at American University studying Secondary Education and PR & Strategic Communications.
When Tamir was 17 years old, Tamir Co-Founded UrbEd Inc., a nonprofit that advocates for a quality and efficient urban education, by working to disband the school-to-prison pipeline, increase teacher diversity, improve building conditions, and advocate for local control of schools.
Tamir has a mission to create sustainable change for generations. With that mission, Tamir has had the honor of serving in many capacities. Tamir currently serves as the Executive Director of UrbEd Inc and the Programs Director of the Black Youth Network. He formerly served as the National Policy Director for Student Voice and as the longest serving Commissioner on the City of Philadelphia Youth Commission. He has had the opportunity to serve as a three year member of the School District of Philadelphia Superintendent’s Advisory Council and as a member of the School District of Philadelphia k-12 Counseling Advisory Group and as the Chairman & Commissioner of the Philadelphia Youth Commission. Serving in those capacities has educated, empowered, and inspired him about youth and advocacy work. In 2016, Tamir traveled to Washington, D.C. to serve on a panel for the United States Office of Education concerning teacher diversity moderated by former Secretary of Education John King and started working with Black Male Educators for Social Justice to improve teacher diversity.
Holding true to his passion, Tamir believes that students should receive diversity in their schools, funding in their schools, and a quality education that allows every student to succeed. Tamir will continue advocating for all youth in similar situations and strives to play a role in creating sustainable change for generations.
Tamir looks forward to returning to Philadelphia and entering the classroom after graduating from American University.
- Presenter: Technology in Education at ISTE
- Presenter: Technology in Education at EduCon
- Presenter: Reforming Education through Policy at Educators Rising National Conference
- Co-Presenter: A Conversation about Social Justice for All, in Schools and Beyond at EduCon
- Presenter: Social Justice for All at Educators Rising National Conference
- Co-Presenter: If You Say "Student Centered" You've Got to Actually Do It at ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence
- Panelist: Black Male Educators for Social Justice Convening
- Panelist: National Summit on Teacher Diversity
- Panelist: Philadelphia Forum on Advancing Black Male Educational Success
- Panelist: Can't Blame the Youth Summit
- Panelist: Teach For America Teachers Graduation Ceremony
- Panelist: 50CAN Staff Orientation Training
- Panelist: Drexel University Moonshots in Education with Esther Wojcicki
- Speaker: Teacher Diversity at WHYY & WURD Town Hall
- Speaker: Finding your Passion at TeenSHARP
- Speaker: Equity at School District of Philadelphia Meeting
- Speaker: Keynote Speaker at The Future Project Graduation
- Speaker: My Story at the Student Achievers Award Ceremony
- Speaker: Closing Keynote at ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence
- Moderator: My Brother's Keeper Philadelphia First Convening
- Moderator: School District of Philadelphia Lindback Principal's Award
- Moderator: School District of Philadelphia Lindback Teachers Award
- Moderator: Educators Rising Q&A with Dr. Bettina Love
- Philadelphia Inquirer Feature
- The Root 2018 Young Futurist
- Fox 29
- Teach For America: One Day Magazine
- Philadelphia Daily News
- 6abc Youth Violence
- Education Week
- US Department of Education
- WURD & WHYY
- Philadelphia Inquirer
- The Notebook Youth Action Assembly
- Utah Education for Educational Technology
- PennLive School Shootings
- CBS Philly Students Walkout
- WHYY Philly Social Justice Advocates
- WHYY & NPR Radio Talks
- Education Dive