Legacy of Slavery Projects at Harvard Chan

Go Here To View Feedback and Comments from Community Discussions on the Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery Report’s Recommendations

In April 2022, Harvard University published the Harvard & Legacy of Slavery Report detailing the university’s ties to slavery and the slavery economy. The report also included a set of Recommendations on actions that can be taken by the university, which was generated by the university’s President’s Committee on Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery.

At this initial stage, our Legacy of Slavery Projects at the Harvard Chan School encompasses a series of community discussions and activities centered throughout the year on Harvard University’s Legacy of Slavery Report that intend to create room for engagement in three main areas that center on the following questions: 1) What are we feeling and carrying?, 2) What steps will the University be taking?, and 3) What does it mean for us at the Harvard Chan School?.

Each question spawns a different type of community discussion and set of activities relative to the report and opportunities for engaging our Harvard Chan community members.

Visit our calendar to view upcoming events, which are also designated as “Legacy of Slavery” events and programs.

Project Steering Committee

To facilitate progress with this effort, a steering committee will be needed to help move forward the various activities and priorities within Harvard Chan School’s Legacy of Slavery Project. A steering committee will be convened that includes a diverse set of Harvard Chan School stakeholders (i.e. students, alumni, staff, faculty, researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and senior administrators). To facilitate this process, the Dean’s Advisory Committee for Diversity & Inclusion’s full committee will serve as the steering committee for the Harvard Chan School’s Legacy of Slavery Project.

The Steering Committee’s charges are to do the following:

  1. Review all data and feedback collected via engagement with Harvard Chan community
  2. Identify possible actions (in connection with community feedback) for the school in alignment with Harvard & Legacy of Slavery report’s recommendations.
  3. Synthesize all information and develop final recommendations for actions to be taken by the Harvard Chan School in response to the recommendations in the Harvard & Legacy of Slavery report

To provide feedback, comments, or for any questions, please email us at legacyofslavery@hsph.harvard.edu.