Rasheed Ali Cromwell

Rasheed Ali Cromwell


As a fourth generation Historically Black College and University (HBCU) graduate, Rasheed brings an appreciation, sensitivity and insight into what it means to be a college student. He combines this rich context with his diverse experiences as an attorney, entrepreneur, and educator to empower collegiate audiences with the necessary tools for personal and professional success.

Rasheed combines powerful personal stories with a fact-based and interactive multimedia presentation style to both inform and inspire individuals to think critically about themselves, their families and their communities. He utilizes this approach to engage audiences in a down to earth, funny, conversational style that resonates with audiences nationwide.

Professionally, Rasheed has served as a federal law clerk in U.S. Federal District Court in the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division), worked as an attorney at Finnegan & Henderson, a prominent intellectual property law firm in Washington, D.C., served as a co-owner and operator of a quick service restaurant (QSR) and currently serves as the founder and President of The Harbor Institute, and an educational consulting firm based out of Washington, DC.

Rasheed founded the Harbor Institute in 2008, and since its inception, he has been able to present dynamic keynote speeches, interactive and engaging training sessions, and consult for thousands of students and administrators at over 250 colleges and universities in 38 states. He utilizes his academic, legal, and entrepreneurial expertise to focus and specialize on the following topics: cultural competency, student success, risk management (hazing prevention/intervention), leadership/business development, and Black/Latino male development.

Some of his work has been highlighted in Essence magazine’s feature on social justice in Black Greek Sororities (July 2015, Reality v. Roots), Ebony (March 2017) and he has been the recipient of awards from both the National Association of Student Professional Administrators (NASPA) and the Association of Fraternal and Sorority Advisors (AFA) for his work in the areas of curriculum development as it relates to leadership development and students of color.

He graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Chemical Engineering where he served as Student Government President and joined the Mu Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He later graduated from Texas Southern University with a Juris Doctorate (J.D) where he was honored as the Thurgood Marshall Student of the year for his academic excellence and leadership towards the community.