2017 - 2018

Diverse voices need to be heard and understood, and our FY18 Diversity Dialogue series will provide a platform to do just that, as our theme for the upcoming academic year will be Storytelling to Enhance Inclusion.Through these efforts we strive to create a more inclusive workplace not just for ourselves at Harvard, but all those we reach beyond our campus as well.

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

Past Events

Authenticity at Work

Mike Robbins,Certified Speaking Professional
Mike Robbins spent his early years as a student and athlete in various diverse communities in California. After an injury ended his professional baseball career, he was able to pursue his passion of empowering and inspiring people. An expert in teamwork, leadership, and emotional intelligence, Mike Robbins delivers keynotes and seminars that encourage individuals to be more authentic with themselves and others. In this dialogue, Mike will share research and experiences from his own life to help others bring their complete and authentic selves to the workplace.
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 10:00am to 12:00pm 
Location: Harvard Hillel, 52 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Truths About Race

Anthony Peterson, Adjunct Instructor and EdD candidate,
Leadership and Professional Studies at Trevecca Nazarene University

Anthony Peterson is an African-American, self-proclaimed “Army brat” who is passionate about the power of the written and spoken word. With degrees in psychology and religious education, he has developed and facilitated diversity education at a wide range of companies and organizations for nearly two decades. Anthony’s diversity discussions took a different turn in 2014, when his five-year-old white grandson asked, “Am I white or am I black?” In conversation with Callie Crossley, host of WGBH’s Under the Radar, Anthony will draw from his life story, current research, and discussions with his grandchildren to explore social narratives about race in the 21st century.
NEW DATE: Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Harvard Hillel, 52 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Livestream of this event will be available here.

Stories for Change

Stephanie Burt, Ph.D., Professor of English, Harvard University
As a tenured faculty member of the FAS at Harvard University, Stephanie Burt is one of the first openly transgender members of the FAS faculty. In June of 2017, she announced that “after several years of presenting myself as a lady some of the time, and as a guy at other times, I am now a lady all the time.” With several published full-length poetry collections and works of literary criticism, Stephanie has been described as “one of the most influential poetry critics of [her] generation” (NY Times). At this dialogue, focused on storytelling as a method for change, Stephanie will share glimpses of her life as a transgender woman both professionally and personally.
Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm 
Harvard Hillel, 52 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Professor Burt was recently interviewed by the Harvard Gazette. The article is available to view here.

See the recording of the livestream on our Youtube page.