Yolonda P. Harrison, Deputy Director of Programs and Strategy at Perception Institute, is a facilitator, strategist, librarian, and attorney. Through Perception, Yolonda collaborates with organizations to develop data-driven initiatives, strategies, and solutions. Yolonda’s work centers around the importance of belonging and how empathy relates to interventions for implicit bias, identity anxiety, and stereotype threat.
Yolonda’s prior experience includes serving as the inaugural Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and the Director of Student Services, Diversity, and Inclusion at Seton Hall University School of Law. She has also worked for the legal divisions of Dignity Health and Thomson Reuters; and held law library faculty appointments at Seton Hall University, North Carolina Central University, and Florida International University.
Yolonda received a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Library Science, summa cum laude, from North Carolina Central University. She received a dual Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and African American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Yolonda is currently admitted to practice in New York, and is based in Phoenix, AZ.