Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging


In October 2020, the Department of Global Health and Population launched a new task force on equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDIB). The task force has since become a standing committee, comprised of six members, including students, staff, and faculty, who have committed to help improve EDIB across our community. Working with Department Chair, Dr. Marcia Castro, the standing committee members are Dr. David Bloom, Lisette Martínez, Genesis Mejia, Elizabeth Osborn, Sian Tsuei, and Dr. Aisha Yousafzai.

Three goals guide our work:

  1. Creating an agenda to for EDIB 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 EDIB in the Department.
  3. Serve as a resource for issues relating to EDIB for members of the GHP community.

We are committed to taking the time needed to gain a nuanced understanding of experiences and views on EDIB issues among members of the GHP community. We believe this involves understanding both the experience of working in and learning within the Department and thinking about how  research and teaching can better incorporate EDIB goals.

As part of our effort to understand the current state of EDIB in the Department, we launched a series of focus group discussions at the beginning of 2021. These discussions were an opportunity for community members to partake in a conversation about EDIB in the Department and to share thoughts and ideas on concrete actions and areas for improvement. The focus group discussions have guided the development of a set of actions for improving EDIB across the Department, with the goal to identify both short-term changes that can be implemented within the current academic year as well as efforts to 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.

EDIB Standing Committee Summary and Action Plan

The EDIB 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.

EDIB Standing Committee Members

  • David Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography
  • Lisette Martínez, MSc Global Health and Population Student
  • Genesis Mejia, Grants and Contracts Manager
  • Elizabeth “Betsy” Osborn, Project Director, India Health System Project & Harvard China Health Partnership 
  • Sian Tsuei , PhD Population Health Sciences Student
  • 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,
  • 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
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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.


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