Statement of Commitment
The Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard Chan School believes that addressing the greatest public health issues of the 21st century requires bold steps for the future. In the same way we strive to address cancer, climate change, HIV/AIDS, and other diseases, we must also view racism, xenophobia, and homophobia, as threats to public health that must be addressed. Read full statement.
In conjunction with the school’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and with the help of a cultural assessment from an independent consulting group, the department has identified the following priorities for the 2021-2022 year:
2021-2022 Academic Year Goals
- Communication & Transparency
Renovate and revitalize EDIB section of the department website to include mission statement, principles, goals, programs, resources, and access to department’s cultural assessment. Regularly update community on current and future initiatives, programs, and goals.
- Recruitment & Retention
Increase representation of BIPOC postdoctoral fellows and academic appointees (research associates/scientists) and build a supportive environment that fosters a thriving experience for historically marginalized groups.
- Seminars & Trainings
Organize 1-2 events per semester that helps to establish a learning culture and systems that center development of awareness, knowledge, and skills relating to topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Organize a repository of projects from members of our community who are engaged in research surrounding EDIB topics to foster collaboration.
Click here to see a list of the department’s ongoing goals.
- Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (EDIB) Committee
Working in collaboration with the School’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), the committee will examine departmental culture and experience, identify strategies to strengthen programs and initiatives, and implement or improve trainings and resources. Read full committee charge
- Work with VISIONS, Inc. Consultants
With the goal of examining and enhancing our EDIB efforts , the Department underwent a qualitative organizational EDIB assessment in Spring 2020. The assessment, conducted by VISIONS, Inc.– a non-profit training and consulting organization specializing in diversity and inclusion– explored how students, faculty, post-doctoral fellows, researchers, and staff across its array of programs experienced the Department from a EDIB perspective. Read executive summary of the assessment
- Recruiting Historically Marginalized or Underserved Students
Each year, our faculty, students, staff, postdocs and research scientists attend conferences and meetings aimed at introducing historically marginalized or underserved students to graduate programs in the STEM fields. See list of conferences
- Biostats Diversity and Inclusion Group (BDIG)
A grassroots social group within the Department that creates opportunities for mentorship, networking, and peer engagement. The group hosts events including book clubs, game nights, yoga sessions, dinners, and more. Contact for questions.
A pipeline program initiated by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion that aims to increase diversity among students pursuing PhD degrees in biostatistics, epidemiology, and global health and population, and to prepare students from historically marginalized and underserved communities for doctoral study.
A month-long intensive computing and biostatistics summer course geared towards high school students from underrepresented, historically marginalized, and low-income backgrounds in the greater Boston area. Students develop statistical programming skills, receiving mentoring, and make connections inside and outside of the classroom.
Established in 1994, this 6-week summer program aims to encourage historically marginalized undergraduate students to participate in graduate programs in biostatistics, computational biology, and health data science by exposing them to the use of quantitative methods in biological, environmental, and medical research.
Running in tandem with the Summer Program in Biostatistics and Computational Biology, two interns are selected to participate in collaborative research projects at academic and clinical centers across Harvard. Postbacs receive directed mentoring and support for the graduate school application process. >> Learn more
Pipelines Into Biostatistics Annual Symposium
A culmination of both the Summer Program in Biostatistics and Computational Biology and the Post-Baccalaureate Program, which provides participants with an opportunity to present their research findings, hear from visiting faculty, and network with alumni. Attendees include current and past summer program participants, faculty, fellows, graduate students, and visiting faculty from URM-serving institutions.
Visiting Faculty Workshop
We invite faculty members at URM-serving undergraduate institutions to attend our annual symposium and to spend two days in intensive meetings with Harvard Chan faculty and students. The goal is to increase their exposure to the field of quantitative public health so they can return to their institutions and provide guidance to their students on a broader set of career options. At the same time, we aim to learn from faculty about ways to strengthen our pipeline programs and better support URM students in our graduate programs.
The Office for Diversity & Inclusion strives to promote equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging within the Harvard Chan School community and beyond.
Resources & Trainings
Find out about Harvard Chan’s offerings, including anti-racism training, addressing bias and bias-related incident reporting, LQBTQ+ resources, and more.
EDIB Facilitator Program
The EDIB Facilitator Program engages community members in a developmental train-the-trainer program that prepares them to deliver EDIB content across the school.
Find Harvard Chan’s annual lectures, lunch series, special events, and upcoming conferences.
Harvard’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging seeks to catalyze, convene, and build capacity for equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and anti-racism initiatives across the University in order to lead Harvard toward inclusive excellence by fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive.
Harvard Culture Lab
Explore Harvard’s incubator for innovative ideas that seek to advance a culture of belonging at the university
Search for a variety of Harvard data, including news, events, colleagues, organizations, courses, and research funding opportunities through Harvard Link
Engage with an extensive list of Harvard-wide and community events that focus on various aspects of relevant DIB themes
The mission of the Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs is to recruit and mentor a community of scholars that reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of our society and to this end, our office serves the needs of the community through social, professional development and academic activities, and advising.
Student Affinity Groups
Connect with a community of like-minded individuals with GSAS student groups.
Learn about Harvard’s wide range of research opportunities that offer valuable experience in preparation for the PhD
Perspectives Resource Publication
Read more about Harvard’s degree programs, commitment to diversity, and the application process to our degree and certificate programs.