Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Equity Task Force


In October 2020, the Department of Global Health and Population launched a new task force on diversity, inclusion, belonging and equity (DIBE). The task force is comprised of six members, including students, staff, and faculty, who volunteered to help improve DIBE across our community. Working with Department Chair, Dr. Marcia Castro, the task force members are Daniel Alejandro Arias, Dr. David Bloom, Emily Coles, Niamh Gibbons, Valentina Vargas, and Dr. Aisha Yousafzai.

Three goals guide our work:

  1. Understand the current state of DIBE in the Department.
  2. Work together with the HSPH Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) Chief Officer to implement actions and engage in an ongoing dialogue on improving DIBE in the Department.
  3. Serve as a resource for issues relating to DIBE for members of the GHP community.

The task force is part of a broader effort to make progress on these goals across the Harvard Chan School. We are committed to taking the time needed to gain a nuanced understanding of experiences and views on DIBE issues among members of the GHP community. We believe this involves understanding both the experience of working and learning within the Department and thinking about how our research and teaching can better incorporate DIBE goals.

As part of our effort to understand the current state of DIBE in the Department, we launched a series of focus group discussions at the beginning of 2021. These discussions are an opportunity for community members to partake in a conversation about DIBE in the Department and to share thoughts and ideas on concrete actions and areas for improvement. The focus group discussions will guide the development of a set of actions for improving DIBE across the Department, with the goal to identify both short-term changes that can be implemented within the current academic year and efforts that can be rolled out over a longer timeline. In all of these efforts, the Department will have input and guidance from the HSPH ODI office.

We wish to emphasize that we see this as a team effort. We hope that you will join us on this journey as we work to strengthen our community.

DIBE Task Force Summary and Action Plan

The DIBE Task Force focus group discussion and individual interview summary report (April 2021) and action plan (April 2021 – April 2022) are available to download from this password-protected page.

DIBE Task Force Members

Daniel Arias, PhD Student in Population Health Sciences
David Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography
Emily Coles, Senior Takemi Program Coordinator
Niamh Gibbons, Research and Evaluation Manager, Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA), Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Valentina Vargas, MS-80 Global Health Student, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Fellow
Aisha Yousafzai, Associate Professor of Global Health

Support Resources at Harvard University

For all Harvard Chan School community members:

  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer, Amarildo “Lilu” Barbosa, lbarbosa@hsph.harvard.edu
  • The Ombuds Office: Provides a highly confidential, impartial and informal forum in which to discuss concerns, goals and options. Confidential line (office) Phone: 617-432-4041
  • Whistleblowing Policy: Members of the Harvard community are encouraged to report suspected violations of law or University policy to their supervisor, to a local tub finance officer, to a local or central human resources officer, or to the Anonymous Reporting Hotline (877.694.2275). The University will protect from retaliation members of the Harvard community who make good faith reports of suspected violations of law or University policy.
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  • For anonymous bias-related incident reporting: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/diversity/bias/
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For students:

For staff:

  • Employee Assistance Program: Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers free, confidential help for all Harvard employees and their adult household members. You can reach the EAP any time for personal or work-related concerns at 877-EAP-HARV (877-327-4278). Explore this section for specific ways in which the EAP can help. You can also visit the EAP online.


If you have any comments/questions, please email us at GHPDIB@hsph.harvard.edu

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