Board Member

Madison, WI

Mr. Gates holds a Master of Science degree in Social Work From the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Arts degree in Chinese Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has worked as a school social worker in St. Louis and Madison, and as a university counselor working primarily with students of color at St. Louis University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Additionally, Harold has worked at Madison Area Technical College for a number of years as a faculty member in the Human Services Program. Mr. Gates earned the MATC Foundation Distinguished Teacher Award in 2002 for excellence in the classroom. He is co-founder of three community-based groups: Dane County Multiracial Network, The Multiracial Alliance of Wisconsin and The Interracial Families Network.

Mr. Gates has served as a cultural diversity consultant developing programs, projects, and advising the Executive Director/Operations Director of the Mental Health Center of Dane County on issues of culturally competent service delivery. He is also in demand nationally as a consultant on family and cultural topics. Among his clients have been the City of Baltimore, Antioch University in Ohio and the University of Iowa School of Social Work. His numerous presentations have included workshops at conferences of the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health and the National Organization for Human Service Education.

Harold is married and a member of a blended family of four children and three grandchildren. More recently Harold co-chaired "Negotiating Racial and Multiracial Identities: A Forum for Discussion" presented by Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, sponsored by American Family Insurance and funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This national/regional conference provided a venue for the discussion of major concerns of interracial families/multiracial people and their issues of identity and recognition of themselves and their children. Harold has recently co-authored the book "The Way of Cultural Competence" to be published by Brooks/Cole a Division of Thomson Publishing. Mr. Gates utilizes cultural competence in every aspect of his personal and professional life.