Program

Program

This section is being actively updated with panelist information including names, pronouns, and titles. Please check back frequently for updates. 

9:30 am | Farkas Hall Theater | Opening Remarks 

10:00 AM | Farkas Hall Theater | Town Hall on the Recommendations of the Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging
Last April, the Harvard University Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging  released its final report and recommendations. We will begin the day with a summary of those recommendations, followed by a discussion and Q&A on specific actions we can take toward implementing them.
Speakers:
Jainaba Seckan (she/her), Project Manager, Harvard University Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Vicki Dzindzichashvili (she/her), Associate Director, Scientific Citizenship Initiative

11:00 AM | Farkas Theater | Town Hall Debrief
We will use this time to continue Q&A and to debrief in small groups about the town hall presentation.

11:00 AM | Farkas 203 | Panel - Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
Harvard University's Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) strive to promote equal opportunity, awareness and understanding of our rich and diverse community that comprise the staff, students and faculty. Our efforts foster an environment of excellence, inclusion, equity and access through collaborative engagement, intersectional educational opportunities, and social initiatives focused on historically underrepresented groups. This panel will bring together a group of ERG leaders to talk about how staff can get involved.
Panelists:
Dominique Bocanegra (she/her), Program Coordinator, FAS Human Resources; Programming Chair, Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty and Staff
Erin Holder (she/her), Administrative Coordinator, Visual and Environmental Studies; Co-chair, Harvard Association of Asian and Asian-American Faculty and Staff
Andrea Kelton-Harris (she/her), Senior Human Resources Consultant, Center for Workplace Development
Mark Vassar (he/him), Lead Archivist, Schlesinger Library; Co-chair, LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Association

 

11:00 AM | Farkas Studio | Panel - Good Work and Promising Practices
Staff across Harvard are doing great work to make us a more diverse and inclusive community. In this panel we will hear about promising practices that are currently underway at Harvard, from the staff helping to lead them. In addition to talking through the practices themselves, we will talk about the advocacy within Harvard that helped them happen.
Panelists:
Kat Nakaji (they/them), Production and Technical Specialist, ArtLab
J.C. Miller (she/her), Accommodations Administrator, FAS Accessible Education Office
Barbara Nobles Crawford (she/her), Executive Coach and Senior Organization Development Consultant, Center for Workplace Development
Kristen Scott (she/her), Senior Program Manager, Center for Workplace Development and member of the #ConsciousHarvard team
Brenna Nicely (she/they), Education and Engagement Director, American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)

12:00 PM | Lunch

1:00 PM | Farkas Hall Theater | Panel - Helping Staff Grow at Harvard
The Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging calls for increased attention to professional development and internal mobility for Harvard staff. This session will focus on how to put that into practice: What resources are currently available, and how do employees access them? What are common barriers to internal mobility? What are some promising efforts within Harvard to help staff grow in their jobs?
Panelists:
Naisha Bradley (she/her), Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Surabhi Chatterjee (she/her), Senior Program Administrator for Learning Services, Center for Workplace Development
Vicky Schubert (she/her), Senior Organization Development Consultant, Center for Workplace Development
Donna Tremonte  (she/her), IT Service Delivery Lead and Engagement Manager, Harvard Kennedy School

1:00 PM | Farkas Hall Studio | Panel - Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Efforts at Harvard’s Professional Schools
This panel will bring together diversity and inclusion professionals from Harvard's professional schools to discuss the state of their diversity and inclusion efforts.
Panelists:
Colleen Ammerman (she/her), Director of the Gender Initiative, Harvard Business School
Robbin Chapman (she/her), Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Harvard Kennedy School
Tracie Jones (she/her), Associate Director of Student Affairs and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Merrill Amos (she/her), Program Manager for Special Projects in the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Partnerships, Harvard Medical School
Josephine Kim (she/her), Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

2:00 PM | Farkas Theater | Breakout - Diversity Without Inclusion Doesn’t Work
"Diversity" is often thought of as recruiting enough people from underrepresented backgrounds into an organization. Inclusion, which is a function of how we treat people after they arrive, is equally important and often more complicated. In this breakout session, GSAS Diversity and Inclusion Fellows will explore this from a student perspective, discussing strategies and action steps to make our workplaces and programs more inclusive for students as well as staff, faculty, and other affiliates.
Speakers:
Xavier du Maine (he/him), Diversity and Inclusion Fellow, Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Andrew Westover (all pronouns offered with respect), Diversity and Inclusion Fellow, Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

2:00 PM | Farkas 203 | Panel - Diversity and Inclusion in the Sciences
This session will focus on diversity and inclusion in the sciences, which are the focus of more than half of Harvard's graduate student population and employ a large number of staff in various roles.
Panelists:
(Moderator) Vicki Dzindzichashvili (she/her), Associate Director, Scientific Citizenship Initiative
Ashwini Jambhekar (she/her), Instructor in Systems Biology, Associate Lab Director
Fanuel Muindi (he/him), Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, Molecular and Cellular Biology; Co-founder, STEM Advocacy Institute (SAI) 
Alexis Stokes, Ed.D. (she/her), Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)
Sheila Thomas (she/her), Dean of Academic Programs and Diversity, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Faculty member, Division of Medical Sciences, Harvard Medical School

3:00 PM | Farkas 203 | Best Practices for Managing Pipeline Programs
"Pipeline programs" are programs aimed at helping students from underrepresented backgrounds remain interested in pursuing scientific careers. Pipeline programs range from K-12 efforts like classroom visits to large, well-resourced programs for undergraduate students (e.g., summer internships) and beyond. This session will bring together staff who are tasked with managing pipeline programs to discuss best practices and build relationships.
Speakers: 
Sheila Nutt, Director of Educational Outreach Programs, Harvard Medical School
Sheila Thomas, Dean for Academic Programs and Diversity, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Stephanie Parsons, Assistant Director of Diversity and Minority Affairs, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences