Harvard Chan Names New Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Officer
Dear Harvard Chan School Community,
I am delighted to announce that Amarildo “Lilu” Barbosa has agreed to serve as our new Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Officer, effective Monday, June 1, 2020. As you are aware, the search for this position has been underway for some time. The process concluded a few weeks back and we are excited for the outcome – and to share the great news amidst this challenging time.
Lilu joins the School from across the river at Lesley University in Cambridge where he served as Chief Diversity Officer, and prior to that as director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Inclusion. He has had 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, areas of bias response, and is licensed as an Intercultural Developmental Inventory (IDI) Qualifying Administrator.
As Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Officer, Lilu will report to me and play a pivotal role in ensuring a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. He will lead the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) as well as the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (DACDI). His duties will 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. In his role, he will also collaborate 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.
Please join me in welcoming Lilu to our community.
Michelle A. Williams, ScD
Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development,
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School