Conversations at the School


Town Hall on Diversity and Inclusion
March 16, 2016— The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, led by Associate Dean for Diversity Meredith Rosenthal, hosted the 2nd Annual Town Hall on Diversity and Inclusion. The Town Hall updated the Harvard Chan Community on the progress, efforts, and direction of the Office of the Diversity and Inclusion and discussed the Dean’s Annual Report on Diversity. Other subjects discussed were: the Climate Assessment, Diversity Dashboards, and the ODI’s Recruitment and Community Engagement efforts.

Dean’s Annual Report on Diversity and Inclusion
March 3, 2016— The Dean’s Annual Report on Diversity and Inclusion represents a next step in creating a shared understanding of the state of diversity on our campus, the work we are doing to recruit and retain students, staff, research appointees and faculty from underrepresented U.S. minority groups, and our efforts to build a truly inclusive climate at the School.


Islamophobia:A Conversation with Prof. Ali Asani and Harvard Muslim Chaplain Taymullah
December 8, 2015–It was standing room only at today’s conversation on Islamophobia with Dr. Ali Asani and Chaplain Taymullah Abdur-Rahman. Over 130 students, faculty, and staff from across the campus clustered together in the back of the room and sat in the aisles in order to listen and share ideas in response to the recent incidents of Islamophobia nation-wide.

Message from Dean Hunter on Combating Racism
November 20, 2015–The events yesterday at Harvard Law School are a forceful reminder of how much work we as a University and as a society still need to do to combat racism and other forms of hate and exclusion in our world. I was outraged to learn that the photos of black faculty at HLS were defaced. As HLS Dean Martha Minow said in her message to the law school community yesterday, “Expressions of hatred are abhorrent, whether they be directed at race, sex, sexual preference, gender identity, religion, or any other targets of bigotry.”

Pathway to prison often paved with unfair labels, misdiagnosis
November 18, 2015 – The road to incarceration and social isolation in the U.S. often begins when a child is labeled a troublemaker by a teacher or is diagnosed with a mental illness that may or may not be accurate, speakers told a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health audience on November 16, 2015.

School aims to broaden diversity and inclusion
November 3, 2015- Acting Dean David Hunter and Associate Dean for Diversity Meredith Rosenthal spoke at a Town Hall on Diversity and Inclusion at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on October 28, 2015, outlining steps that had been taken in recent months, as well as plans for the future, to boost discussion and action on diversity and inclusion.

How racism impacts health
November 3, 2015 -Public health professionals must not be afraid to use the word “racism” when they see health inequities linked to issues like poverty, segregation, and lack of access to care, Mary Travis Bassett, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, told an audience at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on October 26, 2015.

‘Covering’ to fit in and get ahead
August 26, 2015 — Legal scholar and gay Asian American Kenji Yoshino spoke on August 24 with Harvard Chan School staff, students, and faculty about his research and writings that examine the ways people “cover” or downplay those aspects of their identities that are based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and disability, in an effort to “fit in” and get ahead professionally and personally.

Racial bias and its effect on health care
August 12, 2015 — Eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health in the U.S. isn’t just the job of the health care sector—it’s the job of society as a whole, argues David R. Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health.

Community marks one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death
August 12, 2015 — On Monday, August 10, students, faculty, and staff at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health marked the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed on August 9, 2014 after a confrontation with a police officer. Brown’s death—and subsequent police-related killings—sparked a national conversation about race, discrimination, and police brutality.

Today’s racial violence has long roots in the past
August 3, 2015 — A recent string of racially motivated violence in the U.S.—including the horrific shooting deaths of nine people in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina in June—is deeply connected with a violent past that stretches back to the Reconstruction Era, according to Melissa Nobles of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an expert in racial and ethnic politics.

Power, politics, privilege and health
July 2015 –The importance of improving community health; the health ramifications of ex-cons’ difficulties finding employment; and how public health experts can address discriminatory policing are among the topics in the July 2015 issue of Harvard Public Health Review (HPHR), which focuses on power, politics and privilege.

Community gathers to mourn Charleston victims, combat racism
June 25, 2015 – Students, faculty, and staff of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health gathered on June 24 at a vigil in memory and honor of the nine victims of the June 17 massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The racially motivated killings at the historic black church shocked the nation and sparked widespread discussion and introspection about racism in the United States.

Mass public shooting increasing in U.S.
June 19, 2015 — On June 17, nine people were killed when Dylann Roof allegedly opened fire in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center andHarvard Youth Violence Prevention Center, weighed in on the topic ofgun violence and mass shootings.

Women’s contribution to health under recognized, undervalued
June 11, 2015 — Fact: Around the world, more and more women are struggling with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Fact: Around the world, women who provide health care are routinely underpaid, undervalued, or not paid at all.  Fact: Around the world, poor women in poor countries face significant health inequities.

Harvard Chan community gathers to remember Freddie Gray
May 1, 2015– On the day that six Baltimore police officers were charged in the death of Freddie Gray, students, faculty, and staff at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health gathered for a moment of silence. Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died on April 19 while in police custody. His death has sparked protests in Baltimore and across the nation.

Better communication, less violence
May 1, 2015 — Steven Hafner is constantly asking the question “why?” And at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health he’s directing that question to the issue of violence against Native American women.

Alumni tackle health disparities
April 2, 2015 Chicago physicians Cheryl Whitaker, MPH ’94, and husband Eric Whitaker, MPH ’93, recently returned to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to discuss how their time at the School helped shape their careers,  and to inspire students to work to address health disparities.

Unity reception pays tribute to Black History Month
February 26, 2015—The deans, faculty, students and staff at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health came together for the 7th Annual Unity Reception in the FXB Atrium.