Robert Harris

RobertHarrisRobert Harris, D. Div. is one of our community’s leading experts in human relations and a longtime champion for the civil rights of the disabled. He contracted meningitis as an infant which left him permanently paralyzed in both legs and left hand; he uses a wheelchair for mobility. Undaunted by his disability, Robert became a talented visual artist and an ardent advocate for the inclusion of disabled persons in all sectors of society. Recently inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame, Robert has an extraordinary record of both voluntary and professional service to the greater Cincinnati community. His extensive civic involvements have included past board president of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission (CHRC), and board service to the American Red Cross, United Way and Community Chest, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, United Cerebral Palsy Center, and Cincinnati Metro. He has been an ADA/inclusion consultant to the Cinergy Children’s Museum of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Reds Architectural Design Team, among others. He has been honored on numerous occasions for his civic contributions, among them: The Greater Cincinnati Bicentennial Committee included Robert in its Portraits in Excellence; he is an Ohio winner of the “Victory Award” which was presented to him by former First Lady Barbara Bush at a ceremony at the White House. In 1994, he received the “Ohio Humanitarian Award – Employment Equality” from Governor George Voinovich. In 2002, Harris received the “Maurice McCracken Award for Peace and Justice” and in 2003 was included in Fifth Third Bank’s “Profile in Courage.” For eleven years, Robert was the Community Relations Coordinator for the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), which later become BRIDGES for a Just Community. Currently, he is a pastor at the International Church for all Nations in Cincinnati, Ohio.