Lilu Barbosa joined the Harvard Chan School in June 2020 as Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Officer. Previously, Lilu was Chief Diversity Officer at Lesley University; prior to that, he served as director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Inclusion. He has experience in the higher education and nonprofit sectors over the past decade, with interests in diversity and multicultural affairs, residential education, and academic support. He holds certifications in restorative justice, social justice conflict mediation, and areas of bias response, and is licensed as an Intercultural Developmental Inventory (IDI) Qualifying Administrator.
As Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Officer, Lilu plays a pivotal role in ensuring a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff at the Harvard Chan School, leading the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) as well as the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (DACDI). His duties include vision development; strategic and resource planning, reporting, policy and practice development; prioritization around efforts such as recruitment, retention, staff, faculty, and student development; and expanding and deepening discussions about diversity, inclusion, and related issues in the curriculum. He also collaborates across the University to learn and share best practices, serving as an advisor to create a more vibrant and supportive campus climate for all members of our community.
Lilu holds a bachelor of science in business administration and marketing, and a master of education in higher education and student affairs administration, both from the University of Vermont. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Human Development and Leadership program at Lesley University, where his research focuses on strategic diversity leadership, professional development, and organizational learning and capacity-building.