Clara M. Harris is best known for her outstanding work improving the lives of women, promoting fair housing, and speaking out against discrimination in educational institutions where race and gender create disparities.
Clara has worked as a human relations consultant providing training and other services in race/human relations, diversity issues, fair housing, conflict resolution and community building. She has worked collaboratively with local governments, law enforcement and education to foster an understanding between individuals and groups through education, mediation and facilitation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare, a Master of Science in Counseling from San Diego State University, and a California Community College Instructor Credential.
Clara has been involved in the community through various organizations including Interactions for Peace, The Jessie Program and the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club. Throughout her life she has been the recipient of many honors including the California Women in Government award, El Cajon’s Woman of the Year and La Mesa’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year. Some of her personal interests include international travel, theater and gardening.
Throughout her life, Clara has contributed to her local community in many ways. She is a past president of La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club and has traveled to Africa as a volunteer with Water for Children Africa. She is committed to promoting peace, working on cleanup projects, providing food and shelter for the homeless, collecting eyeglasses and clothing for the underprivileged, and participating in outreach activities to underserved communities within Mexico.
Those who know Clara consider her a role model because of her dedication to improving people’s lives and “her unwavering willingness to serve others throughout the world”. Vickie Butcher, who has witnessed Clara’s good deeds for over 20 years, describes her as “courageous because she has chosen to live according to her principles.” Clara not only “talks the talk, she also walks the walk.”