Reginald Harris, MSW, LISW-S, CTP is a politically engaged, independently licensed clinical social worker, therapist, trauma trainer, and arts educator.
Politics and Advocacy
Reginald developed and managed the political endorsement process for The National Association of Social Workers Political Action Committee, Ohio Chapter (region 6) from 2016 - 2018. He has worked on both local and state campaigns and has advised candidates on issues related to mental health, LGBTQ+ equality, and social policy. He is currently a precinct executive for the Hamilton County Democratic Party, and a vice chair for the Cincinnati Democratic Party. Reginald was named board chair for Equality Ohio's 501c(4) board of directors, and was an NLC Columbus 2018 Fellow.
Clinical Social Work
Reginald has worked in both hospitals and schools with adolescents, young adults, and families helping them to reclaim economic and political power in their communities as a part of their mental health journey. As a therapist, Reginald specializes in working with LGBTQ+ individuals and families through providing radically affirming and competent mental health interventions.
A former professional ballet dancer with ten years of professional performing experience, he danced with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Ballet Austin, River North Chicago Dance Company, and Dances Patrelle. Reginald’s teaching experience began in Ballet Austin’s Academy in 2003, and included a two-year stint as resident choreographer for the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas and four years as a company teacher for River North Chicago Dance Company.
In 2009, Reginald was one of a small group of arts educators to open The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) - Chicago’s first and only public performing arts high school.
In 2011, Reginald became dance department chair at ChiArts and worked to build a comprehensive and intensive dance curriculum.
Reginald has a developed a trauma-informed training curriculum for arts organization to help guide the organizations in adopting trauma-informed care practices.
Named one of Chicago’s “30 under 30” LGBT citizens by the Windy City Times, June 20, 2012
Featured in the article “Poetry in Motion”, L Style G Style Magazine, July/August 2008, pp. 40, 60-65
Named one of “The Next Wave: Five to Watch Under 25”, Austin American-Statesman, December 2005