Lunch n Learn Program for Staff of Color and Allies

Lunch ‘n’ Learn is a series of workshops for Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health staff of color and allies. Participants meet once a month and engage in a themed session facilitated by members of the community and external guests.

Mission Statement

The Lunch ‘n’ Learn Program consists of a group of Harvard Longwood staff of color and allies committed to the School’s goals of developing an open and inclusive environment. The primary goals of this group are to develop a community; promote creativity, innovation, and learning; and foster personal and professional growth.

This year’s theme is Professional Development and Advancement. The ongoing pandemic has encouraged many staff members, both new and seasoned professionals, to consider what career development and advancement might look like for them. This year, Lunch ‘n’ Learn will focus on conversations related to developing your professional life. We will consider topics such as salary negotiation, team dynamics and management, supervision, and transitioning into new fields. These conversations will center professional development within a social identity framework by considering the impact of race and its intersections.

Do you want to be added to the LnL list for 2021-2022? Email Jennifer Castro at by September 1. 

Fall 2021 Dates (Speakers & Topics TBA)

  • Thursday, September 9: Information Session
  • Monday, September 27: Monthly Session
  • Monday, October 25: Monthly Session
  • Monday, November 15: Monthly Session
  • Monday, December 13: Monthly Session

Advisory Committee

Emry Breedlove, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Kamaria Hayden, Department of Biostatistics
Osa Igiede, Office for External Relations
Kathy Jean-Louis, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Cristin Martineau, Office of the Dean
Cris Roberts, Executive and Professional Continuing Education
Gary Williams, Office of Education

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Staff

Amarildo “Lilu” Barbosa, Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Officer
Jennifer Castro, Director of Strategic Projects & Diversity Education
Betty Johnson, Assistant Dean for Faculty and Staff Diversity, Development, and Leadership
Erica Knight, Assistant Director of Student Diversity and Access Initiatives
Ra’Shaun Nalls, Director of Community Engagement
Manny Lim, Executive Assistant


Contact Jennifer Castro, Director of Strategic Projects & Diversity Education, Office of Diversity & Inclusion