FAS Diversity Dialogues 2016 - 2017

Led by experts in the field, FAS Diversity Dialogues are forums for FAS staff and faculty to build awareness around a range of issues related to diversity and inclusion. 

The theme for the 2016-2017 Dialogues is Intersectionality and this series is offered in partnership with the FAS Dean's Office. In its sixth year, Diversity Dialogues will provide a forum for discussion focused on matters of intersectionality in the workplace.

Please contact Andrea Kelton-Harris at alharris@fas.harvard.edu with Diversity Dialogue-related questions.


Summer Panel Date TBD


Overcoming Obstacles:
Managing Complex Intersectionality

April 5, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm 
Location: Harvard Hillel, 52 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA

Presented by: Eric Alva, Retired Staff Sergeant & Gay Rights Activist and Spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign

A powerful inspirational speaker, Eric Alva discusses his battle to overcome his injuries and the difficulties he encountered after leaving military life. From learning to walk with a prosthetic, to his desire to continue his education and get his degree, Alva shows audiences that it is important to never give up. As a Hispanic disabled vet and a gay man, Mr. Alva will share his story with us, including the opportunities and challenges he faced as he managed these four intersections of diversity in his life.

Muslim Feminism
December 6, 2016 from 10:00am to 12:00pm 
Location: Knafel Center (formerly Radcliffe Gymnasium)
Presented by: Celene Ibrahim, M.A., M. Div., Ph.D. candidate

Celene Ibrahim provided guidance for ensuring that the workplace is a hospitable one for Muslim women. Beyond providing practical advice, this cultural competence awareness helped participants understand that being Muslim and being feminist are not incompatible.


Intersectionality 101
October 21, 2016 from 10:00am to 12:00pm 
Location: Knafel Center (formerly Radcliffe Gymnasium)

Presented by: Laurie A. Nsiah-Jefferson, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist and Senior Lecturer, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

In this presentation, Dr. Nsiah-Jefferson provided an overview of intersectionality as a theory and concept. It also described the benefits of utilizing this concept to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond. Participants had the opportunity to engage with each other as they considered the implications of the application of intersectionality to the workplace.