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ODIB is hiring!

June 3, 2021

Join Harvard’s Office for Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging!

We have just posted three positions to Harvard Asprire. We believe these positions will help move the University forward in our effort to develop organizational excellence, a research-informed/asset-based approach, and continue to build a culture that is fully engaged in equity, diversity, and belonging issues. This is an important institutional investment in our collective work and we need your help identifying great candidates. Please share with anyone that you think might be interested.

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Remembering, Reflecting, Responding

April 19, 2021

Dear Members of the Harvard Community:

As the world turns its attention towards Minneapolis, I thought I would tell you just one story from a few years back, just one of many I could tell. I was stopped on my way home from a Bikram yoga class after work. The squad car followed me for several miles, my elevated heartrate turning to palpitations when seven police cars surrounded my vehicle. Long arm rifles drawn, readied, and aimed at my person from crouched positions behind open car doors, the lead officer ordering me out of my vehicle.... Read more about Remembering, Reflecting, Responding

The Unfinished Business of Creating a More Just Society

April 19, 2021

Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
 
Recent weeks have brought yet more devastating tragedies across our nation. The heartbreaking killings of Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright, two young people who had so much of their lives yet to live, and the gut-wrenching testimony recounting George Floyd’s final minutes, have focused this country again on the killings of African Americans and other people of color by police. The list of those whose names we know is long, and a full list would include many others whose names we do not know, and whose deaths did not occur in broad...

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Making Democracy Work

March 19, 2021

Message from CDIO Sherri Ann Charleston

In January, I wrote to you and reflected on both the importance of democracy and the demands of the current moment relative to racial justice. Now, I invite you to engage with a series of collaborations for our...

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In Community: Spaces for Asians, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Allies

March 18, 2021

Message from CDIO Sherri Ann Charleston

Just last week, I wrote to you about the rise nationally in Anti-Asian racism, sharing resources for Harvard members and allies. It is abhorrent to now be faced with yet another act of violence—the murder in Atlanta of eight people, six of whom were Asian women. There is much we do not know, but it is clear that there are many concerning layers to this case, including the violence...

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Standing Together

March 18, 2021

Message from President Larry Bacow

Dear Members of the Harvard Community,

For the past year, Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders have been blamed for the pandemic—slander born of xenophobia and ignorance. Our own friends and colleagues have had insults and racial slurs thrown at them. Footage of individuals being targeted and assaulted has driven home a rise in aggression and...

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Happening Around Harvard

March 8, 2021

As many of you may know, we are again facing an increase in the number of incidents of targeted Anti-Asian racism happening across the globe. As such, I want to highlight resources for members of our community who are Asian, Asian American, and allies, and encourage anyone in need to take note of the following campus resources: 

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Black History Month

February 1, 2021

In February of 1926, Harvard Alumnus, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the second African American to earn a doctorate at Harvard, launched what was then known as Negro History week. Since the time Dr. Woodson, with the help of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week, the weekly event has grown into a month-long observance of the history of African Americans and their 400+ year quest for full citizenship.... Read more about Black History Month