Paris Andrew

President Appointment, NAGC Board of Directors
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Paris Andrew, Ph.D. is a multi-industry Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Strategist whose workflows land at the intersection of K-16 Enrichment, Health Careers, Educational Technology, Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs, and the Nonprofit Sector.

Dr. Andrew is the Director of Health Careers and Workforce Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Associate Director for North Carolina’s Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC), a program under the professional membership of the National AHEC Organization (NAO) developed by Congress, and headquartered within UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. 

Prior to joining NC AHEC, Dr. Andrew was the Director of Partnerships and Engagement for Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), were she served as point-person for K-16 Educational Institutions, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Associations, Foundations, and thought leaders seeking to collaborate on K-12 equity and excellence initiatives that offered innovative ideas, solutions, and resources in service to helping academically talented students flourish, transforming communities and the world. 

Dr. Andrew brings experience overseeing staff deliverables for multi-million dollar grants, including but not limited to a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant out of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is dedicated to recruiting, training, and retaining racially, ethnically, socioeconomically, and geographically diverse K-12 and collegiate scholars who have been traditionally underrepresented in health professions training programs, health careers and workforce diversity. Additionally, while at Duke TIP, Dr. Andrew was Project Director for Project Launch Plus, a U.S. Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program Grant which was committed to growing the capacity for sustained engagement of high-achieving students from rural areas and high poverty schools.

As researcher and practitioner, Dr. Andrew’s work is focused on fostering increased understanding of the sociocultural experiences of high-achieving students of color engaged in out-of-school time (OST) academic engagement programs, while also promoting attentiveness to intersectionality, educational leadership, navigating hidden curriculum, and addressing institutional systems of inequity.  A hallmark of Dr. Andrew’s professional experience is her ability to focus not solely on access to - but inclusion, meaningful engagement, and retention - once in educational enrichment programs and professions.