Inclusive Culture

Creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace allows employees from all backgrounds and walks of life to achieve their fullest potential. An inclusive culture is one that accepts, values and views as strength the difference we all bring to the table. FAS is committed to cultivating not only the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students but also in developing an inclusive culture that is vibrant, engaging and encouraging of innovation as well as intellectual debate.

To that end FAS HR hosts the "Diversity Dialogue Series," a forum for conversation, networking and awareness building regarding various dimensions of diversity. These Dialogues are open to all in the FAS and to the Harvard community at large. At these Dialogues, employees are able to learn from experts in the field about such areas as Unintended Bias, Cultural Competency, Bystander Awareness and Avoiding Stereotyping. The information raises awareness and helps staff and managers to develop competencies in these areas.

As an outgrowth of our Diversity Dialogue series, we host a Diversity Summer Panel each summer that addresses some topic of diversity. Panelists provide their perspectives on various issues and staff members are able to ask questions and interact with the panelists to learn more about the dimension of diversity in focus. Past topics have included Diversity Across the Spectrum: Reflecting on the Continuum of Inclusion and Working with People with Disabilities.

We believe that these two efforts are integral to maintaining an inclusive culture in the FAS and we encourage all to participate in these offerings.

Visit the Community and Special Interest Groups page to learn more about opportunities to connect with other University employees around many shared interest, experiences, and backgrounds.

Visit the Harvard University Pluralism Project to learn about religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources. For more information please contact staff@pluralism.org.

Past Diversity Summer Panels

 

  • Please click here to view the video from the panel, "Diversity Across the Spectrum II: Further Reflections on the Continuum of Inclusion," held on August 28, 2014. Please click here to read the Harvard Gazette story.


 
  • Please click here to read the Harvard Gazette story on the panel, "Working with People with Disabilities: What Happens After You Say Hello?" held on August 21, 2013.

 

  • View the video below from the panel, "Diversity Across the Spectrum: Reflecting on the Continuum of Inclusion," held on August 29, 2012.