Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is committed to building an inclusive community that welcomes and supports individuals with a broad range of lived experiences, cultures, identities, backgrounds, ideas, and perspectives.

Embracing and engaging with diversity in all its forms is essential for progress in public health. It is also a critical foundation for academic excellence.

At Harvard Chan School, we recognize the vital importance of drawing on a multiplicity of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and skills to solve the urgent challenges facing our society. In our approach to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging, we strive to integrate these practices into every facet of School life as we work to achieve our shared vision of a world with health, dignity, and justice for all.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion collaborates across the School to:

  • Recruit and retain a diverse community of students, staff, faculty, researchers, and trainees
  • Nurture a culture of equity and belonging, where every individual is respected and valued
  • Build capacity for dialogue across differences
  • Support historically marginalized members of our Harvard Chan community
  • Surface and address both historical legacies and current structural, institutional, and personal biases that may negatively affect members of our community
  • Work with the community outside our campus on initiatives to improve health and advance equity for our neighbors in Boston and our partners around the world
  • Promptly address complaints of discrimination, bias, or harassment

We carry out that work by taking the following approaches to implement coordinated and integrated EDIB practices:

  • Engagement, partnership, and collaboration with leadership at multiple levels
  • Partnership across departments on programs and initiatives; problem-solving when issues arise
  • Involvement of students in thought partnership, planning, and implementation
  • Initiatives, workshops, and resources to build capacity for understanding and engagement across differences in our interpersonal interactions, teaching, research, and professional endeavors
  • Communication and alignment of practices with the University, other Harvard schools, and departments at Harvard Chan School
  • Regular and transparent communications on priorities, updates, and planned activities
  • Dedicated roles and assigned responsibilities among personnel essential to advancing our equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging goals

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