Diversity is an essential element of our global commitment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The school’s wide-ranging research, multidisciplinary education, and translation of health knowledge affect individuals, communities, and nations around the world. Our school is strengthened by our diverse, cross-cultural community of students, faculty, and staff, who bring a multiplicity of voices and viewpoints to our shared endeavors.
At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we respect and value the inherent worth of each individual from all races, ethnic backgrounds, ages, genders, religions, sexual orientations, disabilities, economic or veteran status, and other diverse perspectives and individual differences. Further, we are committed to tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect everywhere within our community, and we hereby affirm our promise to provide a welcoming place for one and all. Through our educational mission, we establish ambitious goals as we strive to increase diversity at all levels of the school.
The School is committed to providing safe and supportive opportunities for members of all groups within our learning, working, researching, and teaching communities. Only with a thoroughly inclusive community, we believe, can the school continue to fulfill its mission of educational excellence and lead global efforts that advance the health and well being of populations worldwide.
Mission, Goals & Activities: To initiate and support activities that increase diversity and promote cultural competency among members of the Harvard Chan School community.
Recruitment: to enhance student, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty recruitment by working with respective to the Harvard Chan School offices.
- Assist with diversity related recruitment strategies planned by the Office of Admissions;
- Assist the Harvard Chan School departments with their goals and approaches to increase diversity;
- Provide mentoring support for minority students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members.
Cultural Competence: to promote cultural competency within the Harvard Chan School community.
- Host/sponsor cultural activities and events that raise awareness and take advantage of the diversity of students, staff, and faculty;
- Support and promote participation in diversity related activities and events within the Harvard Chan School, Harvard University, and the Boston metro area;
- Review statistics on diversity related matters in order to determine appropriate educational training and awareness programs;
- Assist departments with establishing benchmarks for cultural competence;
- Develop a bias-motivated response protocolto identify episodes of intolerance;
- Recognize and promote best practices of inclusive excellence at the department level as well as the individual level.
Representation: to participate in activities that represent the Harvard Chan School diversity mission within the school, Harvard community, and nationally.
- Participate in the Harvard Chan School diversity related committees such as the Committee for Concerned Women Faculty and Faculty Diversity Committee;
- Present the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s mission and activities to students, administrators, faculty, and alumni;
- Present the School’s diversity activities to the Harvard community and at national conferences.
Monitor: report the progress of diversity at the Harvard Chan School.
- Collect, analyze, and provide recommendations on diversity initiatives to the schools administration;
- Assist with reporting requests/requirements on diversity matters from the schools’ administration, faculty, and governing bodies;
- Report on the Harvard Chan School’s diversity progress to the University’s Chief Diversity Officer and other university constituents.
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