Bachelor of Science Psychology, Howard University, Washington, 1953. Doctor of Philosophy Psychology, University Rochester, New York City, 1958.
Research associate Age Center of New England, Boston, 1958. Associate professor Robert College, Istanbul, Turkey, 1962—1963. Lecturer, research associate Harvard Graduate School Education, Cambridge, 1965—1970.
Associate professor Harvard School of Design, 1972—1977. Associate dean Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977—1979. Consultant to South Africa education Institute of International Education, New York City, 1984—1985.
Education director associate Oxfau American, Boston, 1985—1989. Associate director Bunting Institute Radcliffe & Harvard, Cambridge, 1989—1997. Retired, 1997
Vice board trustees Hamshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, since 1995.
Overeseer Museum Fine Arts, Boston, since 1994, Fine Arts Workshop, Providencetown, since 2006. Advisory committee YCWA, Boston, since 2003, W..E.B. DuBois Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, since 2000. Member of Black Women for Policy Action, Examiner Club, Sigma Zi, Phi Betta Kappa.
Married William Joseph Harris, May 21, 1984. Married John Ladd (deceased). 1 child Michael Cawthorne.