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Meet Jewls Harris
Meet Jewls Harris

Jewls Griesmeyer Krentz has been active in disability rights movements and disability service provision for nearly 15 years. Ms. Griesmeyer Krentz has served as an Access Counselor and Consultant for for the Disability Resource Center at Portland State University (DRC) for the last six years. While at the DRC, Ms. Griesmeyer Krentz has developed innovative programs and services for disabled students. In particular, Ms. Griesmeyer Krentz’ service model for students with blindness and low vision has received national attention. She has also pioneered projects geared toward improved services for international students with disabilities. Ms. Griesmeyer Krentz is an active leader in the field of disability services. She is the co-chair of the Blind and Low Vision Special Interest Group of the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and has also presented numerous times at the AHEAD annual conference. In addition, Ms. Griesmeyer Krentz serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon affiliate for AHEAD (ORAHEAD).

Prior to joining the DRC, Ms. Griesmeyer Krentz worked within the community to advocate for disability rights and improve accessibility. From 2010 to 2014, Ms. Griesmeyer Krentz was a commissioner on the City of Portland Commission on Disability where she chaired a subcommittee and was elected Vice Chair from 2011 to 2013. Ms. Griesmeyer Krentz worked extensively with the Oregon Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society including leading a grant-funded program for parents living with multiple sclerosis. Ms. Griesmeyer Krentz also had a private counseling practice where she specialized in individuals and couples experiencing disability.

Ms. Griesmeyer Krentz holds a B.S. in psychology and an M.A. in rehabilitation counseling from Portland State University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education at Oregon State University. Her research focuses on the identity exploration of international and refugee students as they access disability services in higher education. Ms. Griesmeyer Krentz aspires to a tenure-track faculty position where she can teach future higher education leaders and contribute to the body of research that informs relevant practice. Jewls enjoys camping, hiking, and kayaking. Jewls also enjoys spending time with friends playing games, competing at trivia, and pairing whiskey with giggles and snorts. She has two adult children and shares her home with two loveable, silly dogs (Walter and Oscar) and an indignant cat (Roxie).

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