Location: Chicago, IL
School: Bard College ’19, Political Studies
Harper joined TSER in 2015 as a volunteer, eventually becoming Program Director in early 2016. As Program Director, Harper manages various campaigns and projects undertaken by the organization. They additionally write press releases and policy for TSER.
Outside of TSER, Harper is a Point Scholar. They are the first trans athlete at Bard and has worked to make athletics more accessible for queer and trans students. In addition to serving on the Educational Policies Committee, they are President of the Queer Student Association and Trans Life Collective clubs. As a result of their work, Bard awarded them with the Ralph Ellison Award, a prestigious privilege given to a student who has shown a dedication to eliminating discrimination in the community. Harper is also a research assistant for their adviser at Bard as well as at the World Policy Institute. After graduating, Harper plans to pursue their Ph.D. and continue their activism.