2015 - 2016

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 2015-2016 Dialogues is Race and Ethnicity. The Diversity Dialogues are offered in partnership with the FAS Dean's Office. In this fifth year of our series, we will provide a forum for discussion focused on matters of race and ethnicity in the workplace including the role of interracial dialogue.

Please contact Adriana Gallegos at agallegos@fas.harvard.edu with questions.


Diversity Summer Dialogue: Transgender Inclusion In the Workplace
August 25, 2016 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm 
Location: Harvard Hillel, Beren Hall, 52 Mount Auburn Street
, Cambridge


The Ultimate Rebranding: Himself
Chris Edwards, Advertising Creative Director and Author

Join us for a conversation with Chris Edwards, a pioneer who helped shift the perceptions of an entire community by changing his gender from female to male while working at one of the top ad agencies in the country. Chris will share an array of stories about his gender transition and the secret to his success. His courageous journey, which is told in his forthcoming memoir Balls, will touch your heart and open your mind.

Transgender in the Workplace: Practical Implications and Advice
Jackie Glenn, VP/Global Chief Diversity Officer, EMC² 

Jackie Glenn’s leadership has led to several groundbreaking efforts, including the implementation of the Transgender Reassignment Program at EMC². She has traveled nationally and internationally helping the company’s managers and employees prepare the work culture for transgender colleagues who are at various stages of transition. Jackie will provide advice and insight from her experiences engaging in this work for EMC².


Identity Threat at Work
Mary Murphy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Indiana
Katherine Emerson, Ph.D., Research Associate, Mills College

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 10am-12:00pm, Harvard Hillel, Beren Room, 52 Mt. Auburn Street

This engaging workshop focused on research that demonstrates how situational cues contribute to disparate psychological experiences for racial and ethnic minorities at work. The speakers provided guidance to help alter threatening cues and create more equitable, respectful, and inclusive environments.

Opening Remarks by Claudine Gay, Ph.D., Professor of Government and of African and African-American Studies and Dean of Social Science for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

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But I Don't See Color! Consequences of Racial Color Blindness
John Dovidio, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Yale University 
Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 10am - 12:00pm, Harvard Hillel, Beren Room, 52 Mt. Auburn Street

Through lecture and audience participation this interactive dialogue focused on the research regarding “aversive racism,” a contemporary subtle form of prejudice, and on techniques for reducing its impact.

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Exploring and Empowering Intergroup Racial Dialogue
Keith Maddox, Ph.D., Associate Professor of  Psychology, Tufts University

Sam Sommers, Ph.D., Associate Professor of  Psychology, Tufts University

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 10am-12:00pm, Harvard Hillel, 52 Mount Auburn Street

This interactive presentation focused on the latest scientific research regarding intergroup racial dialogue and provided practical advice on how to effectively engage in racial dialogue.

Series Opening Remarks by Lisa Coleman, Ph.D., Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity

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