FAS Diversity Dialogues 2019 - 2020

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. 


Is a Degree Required for Success in Today's Workplace--Myth or Reality?

In light of COVID-19 precautions, the Dialogue has been postponed until further notice.

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020  

Organizations speak to the need to recruit and retain great talent. What often comes along with this is a focus on educational credentials and in some cases particular educational pedigrees. In many industries and especially in higher education, there are candidates who have the educational credentials and those who may not. The question remains: How critical is an educational pedigree for success? And, could our preference be related to any unconscious biases we may possess? Our Dialogue will explore these issues and will be moderated by Renee Graham, editor and columnist from the Boston Globe with guest speakers Kim Dukes, Diversity and Inclusion Talent Strategist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Professor Laura Huang, PhD, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School.

Title: To Be Announced

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Glass Box Suite 10th floor, Smith Campus Center, Cambridge MA

Information to be announced.

Please contact Andrea Kelton-Harris at alharris@fas.harvard.edu with Diversity Dialogue-related questions. For accessibility requests, please contact hr_programs@fas.harvard.edu

Past Diversity Dialogues 2020

Mental Health as an Invisible Dimension of Diversity

Mental Health as an Invisible Dimension of Diversity

Thursday, August 22, 2019 1:00 - 3:00 P.M.
Location: Harvard Hillel, 52 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA


Mental illness is an “invisible disability” not always apparent to others and can significantly impact one's daily living, including their time at work. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, one out of five adults in the U.S. (46 million people) experience mental illness in a given year. It is no wonder that managing the intersection of employee performance and mental health has risen to the surface for many managers and is now considered an “invisible” dimension of diversity. Mental illness can impact anyone at anytime. Moderated by Callie Crossley, WGBH host of Under the Radar, the panel of experts will help us to better understand what mental health is, how it impacts the workplace, and will identify best practices for managing situations related to mental illness at work. Practical advice on how we can help to create and support a more inclusive and supportive FAS environment for this dimension of diversity will also be shared.

Mental Health and Ethnicity

Mental Health and Ethnicity

Monday, November 18, 2019 9:00 - 11:00 A.M.
Location: Lowell Lecture Hall, 17 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA


As shared in Dean Gay’s announcement of this year’s Dialogues, the FY20 Diversity Dialogues will endeavor to build awareness and community related to individuals who possess invisible dimensions of social diversity. Our first Dialogue will focus on Mental Health and Ethnicity. We look forward to hearing from experts on various topics such as mental health and its intersection with ethnicity, resilience, and the intersection of mental health with societal issues related to ethnicity/immigration. Our guest moderator will be Renee Graham, editor and columnist from the Boston Globe. Guest speakers will be Professor Kristen Lee, Associate Teaching Professor and Lead Faculty, College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University and Professor Tracy Robinson-Wood, Professor of Counseling Psychology, Department of Applied Psychology, Northeastern University. Lowell Lecture Hall  provides ample seating so the event will not be live streamed. The Dialogue will be recorded as per usual and will be placed on YouTube for viewing afterwards. DVD copies of the Dialogue will be available if you or your department wish to borrow and view it.