Lumas Helaire, PhD serves as the Assistant Dean for Population Health Management and Health Equity Education at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He helps the dean and members of the Harvard Chan School faculty identify, develop, and promote health equity collaborative initiatives. Dr. Helaire also works with Harvard HealthLab, an accelerator for social impact ventures which offers comprehensive support to Harvard University students entering the innovation space and working in interdisciplinary teams.
Dr. Helaire also serves on the Board of the Center for Community Health Education and Research Services, Inc. (CCHERS), a community-based organization promoting the development of academic community health centers.
Prior to joining Harvard Chan School, Dr. Helaire served as the senior associate director of the University of Michigan’s Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives where he oversaw their operations and programs. He also directed various student development programs including GEAR UP, a federal pre-college program that partners with schools in preparing students from low-income backgrounds for post-secondary education. At the University of Michigan, he was also the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lead for the suite of offices under the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and chaired the university’s Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium planning committee, coordinating the annual keynote lecture which hosts national and international activists and social justice organizers.
From 2013-2021 he served as the inaugural board president for the James and Grace Lee Boggs School in Detroit, Michigan. The school uses project-based curricula to nurture creative critical thinkers who contribute to the well-being of their community.
Dr. Helaire received his BA in Psychology with honors from Morehouse College, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate. He then earned his MS in Developmental Psychology and PhD in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan.