FAS Diversity Dialogues

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. At these Dialogues, employees are able to learn from experts in the field about topics such as unconscious bias, cultural competency, and being an active bystander. The Diversity Dialogue series is open to all in the FAS and to the Harvard community at large.

Please join FAS HR for the next Diversity Dialogue on:

Black Fatigue and Strategies to Achieve Sustainable Antiracist Impact

Special guest speaker Mary-Frances Winters
Thursday, February 10, 2022
10:00am - 12:00pm EST
Register now for this Dialogue via Zoom

Black Fatigue is a term that describes a harmful syndrome which is prevalent for many in the Black community. It can impact every aspect of an individual’s life including their ability to work at their best level due to things such as disillusionment, insecurities, lack of engagement and lack of trust.

At this Dialogue, we will hear from and engage with Mary-Frances Winters. She is the author of the book Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body and Spirit, within which she coined the term “Black Fatigue” and defined the syndrome. Please join us for an engaging discussion of:

  • Definition and characteristics of Black Fatigue;
  • Its impact on minds, bodies and spirits;
  • Strategies to protect against Black Fatigue; and
  • Strategies to impede Black Fatigue by achieving sustainable anti-racist impact.

2021-2022 Diversity Dialogues

2021-2022 Diversity Dialogues

Talking Loud and Saying Something: 
Progressing From Moment to Movement

Over the past year, there have been many communications, conversations, and dialogues about events that were occurring in the “moment.” This year, our Diversity Dialogues will support our efforts to take our actions from supporting a “moment” to being part of a “movement.” We will focus upon things that go beyond the moment and will help us develop a deeper understanding of the movement for racial and social justice.

As always, it is our goal for the Diversity Dialogues to increase awareness, educate, and build competency of those who are in attendance. As an intentional addition to this year's series, each dialogue will include a brief period of self-care where we will engage in an activity that supports our well-being.

Dates for future Diversity Dialogues during the 2021-2022 academic year include:

  • Thursday, February 10
  • Thursday, May 12, 2022

Recent Diversity Dialogues

Cultural Appropriation and the Native American Community 

Cultural appropriation is a phrase that has been in the news for many years but never more than in the past few years. And there are definitely differing opinions on the veracity of claims of cultural appropriation. At this Diversity Dialogue, Carolina Castoreno, Executive Director of The American Indian Center in Indiana, will discuss what cultural appropriation is and how it impacts the Native American (and other) communities, primarily communities of color. A video recording of this session is available.

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021