In October 2020, the Department of Global Health and Population launched a new task force on diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DIB). The task force is comprised of six members, including students, staff, and faculty, who volunteered to help improve DIB 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:
- Understand the current state of DIB in the Department.
- Work together with the HSPH Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) Chief Officer to implement actions and engage in an ongoing dialogue on improving DIB in the Department.
- Serve as a resource for issues relating to DIB 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 DIB 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 DIB goals.
As part of our effort to understand the current state of DIB 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 DIB 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 DIB 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.
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
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