Harvard Graduate School of Design

Diversity, inclusion, and belonging have the ability to enrich the classroom and community experience by creating a space for multiple perspectives to be surfaced and challenged for optimal learning.  We believe that these values should be imbedded in the fabric of the School’s community.

 

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The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging was established in spring 2019 to serve as a place of consultation, strategic partnership, and accountability to ensure that all in our community have equitable access to its resources and can share in its benefits.  We seek to be an example of a design community that can hold multiple identities and conflicting perspectives in an engaging and respectful way; one that is thoughtful of diversity and helps people understand how respect and acknowledgement of others allows us to be better design practitioners.

The mission of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging is to cultivate and sustain an environment at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) that increases diversity, deepens inclusion, and advances a sense of belonging among students, faculty, staff and our extended community. The GSD believes in equipping students with the skills to design spaces for all people to navigate. To accomplish this, we prioritize the innovation and reflection that comes from recognizing diverse perspectives and experiences, and creating space for them in our community. Our diversity, inclusion, and belonging focus areas include recruitment and retention, community engagement, representation, and assessment.

"Advancing diversity work is about reimagining what excellence is and redefining it to go beyond what history tells us. Excellence can bloom in any environment from any person dedicated to their passions. I’m a firm believer that in order for Harvard to continue to live up to its promise of excellence we have to create a community where all people can thrive. Helping to create and sustain that type of community is a part of my purpose here."

 

Naisha Bradley

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

"As a community of shared values, the GSD strives to recognize diverse perspectives and experiences, and to create spaces for them and their stories; this is an integral part of our mission as a design school. The GSD teaches students how to shape our world, engaging not only buildings, technologies, infrastructures, landscapes, and spaces, but also what it means for us to live together in the world."

 

Sarah Whiting

Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Design