Harvard will be the world’s recognized leader in sustainable inclusive excellence by fostering a campus culture
where everyone can thrive
What is Inclusive Excellence?
A community that draws on the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity. One that fully embraces individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.
Where Everyone Can Thrive
Harvard University is committed to fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive, a key to which is ensuring that we each experience a profound sense of inclusion and belonging.
To that end, as a reminder, our established core values are as follows:
Harvard community members are encouraged to always model our values of inclusion and excellence no matter where they are. Especially during difficult and uncertain times — whether locally, nationally, or internationally— let us always choose empathy and kindness, while rejecting hate and honoring the rights, differences, and dignity of others.
Welcome message from Dr. Sherri Charleston
Dear Members of the Harvard Community: On September 1, 2020, I began my tenure as the Inaugural Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and I can unequivocally say that I am equally thrilled and honored to serve this historic institution at this transformational moment in the history of our university and nation...
Combating Anti-black Racism
Harvard University has never been entirely insulated from the dynamism of life beyond its gates. If that was not clear before now, it has certainly been clarified and amplified by the profound impact of both an unexpected virus and a set of unjust murders. We share in the anger and pain reverberating across the nation in the wake of the recent instances of police brutality, white supremacist violence, and the manner in which COVID-19 is devastating black and brown communities at disproportionate rates. We have a responsibility to act with urgency. We must reckon with the structural inequality and pervasive prejudice that has led us here and work towards a future where these disparities no longer exist. Everyone has a role to play. Whether it is through civic engagement, engaging in personal learning, leveraging our privilege, positions and platforms, or challenging our friends, colleagues, and institutions.
Meet Dr. Sherri Charleston, Harvard's new CDIO
Sherri Ann Charleston, one of the nation’s leading experts in diversity and higher education, has been named Harvard’s chief diversity and inclusion officer (CDIO). A historian trained in U.S. history with a focus on race, women, gender, citizenship, and the law, and an attorney with a specialization in constitutional and employment law.
Project Spotlight: Teachly
Teachly is a web application developed at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) to help faculty teach more effectively and inclusively (more details below). It has now been used by over 100 faculty members at HKS, HGSE and HCSPH. Learn more by visiting the website teachly.me
Pulse Survey on Inclusion & Belonging
Harvard University administered a campus-wide pilot “Pulse” Inclusion and Belonging survey in the spring of 2019 to over 50,000 members of the Harvard community. The results of this survey are intended to help the University realize a culture of sustainable inclusive excellence by providing data to those working on inclusion and belonging.
Project Spotlight: This Is How You Say My Name
The Culture Lab Innovation fund (CLIF) helped fund a name recording tool that allows the Harvard community to record their name in my.harvard and the Harvard directory.