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Diversity Dialogues | On My Own Time | Season of Giving | Summer Music Series | Transit Gallery

Diversity Dialogues

The Diversity Dialogues are a series of presentations on topics exploring diversity and inclusion. They represent a collaborative effort from faculty and staff across the HLC to support school wide diversity and inclusion efforts. Modeled after the FAS Diversity Dialogues, they serve as a forum for the community to convene and discuss the value and importance of diversity and inclusion within their lives, personally and professionally. Please continue to check below for future Diversity Dialogue dates, presentation topics and registration information. If you have any suggestions regarding diversity and inclusion topics you would like to see included in the dialogues, please email sphhr@hsph.harvard.edu.

UPCOMING DIALOGUES:

Keep checking here f
or future HLC Diversity Dialogue dates!

OTHER DIVERSITY ACTIVITIES:
For members of the TH Chan community, check out the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Micro-Credential Application located here.

 

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Previous Diversity Dialogues:

The most recent presentation in the HLC’s Diversity Dialogue series was entitled “Race, Racism and Health: Challenges and Opportunities”. It featured Dr. David R. Williams discussing a review of empirical evidence regarding how systemic, inter-personal and individual racism, both within and outside of the healthcare context, can affect health and health inequalities, as well as the discovery of promising interventions to reduce racism and its harmful health effects. Click here for a video of the discussion. To read Health Disparities, an article focusing on Dr. Williams’ discussion, click here.

Pictures by Sarah Sholes, T.H Chan School of Public Health
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The third discussion in the HLC’s Diversity Dialogue’s series kicked off with welcoming remarks by Sari Reisner, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. The keynote speaker, Mason Dunn, spoke to the packed auditorium about the difference between sex and gender, why pronouns are important, what it means to be nonbinary, gender nonconforming or gender fluid, health and social disparities affecting the transgender community and how to be an ally. Click here to watch a video of the discussion.

Related Article: Transgender health advocates say keep an eye on the big picture

Mason D.Sari R.

 

 

 

 

Pictures by Sarah Sholes, T.H Chan School of Public Health

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The second discussion in the HLC’s Diversity Dialogue’s series consisted of Dr. Mark Schuster addressing the community with his talk entitled “The Doctor is Out: A Conversation with Dr. Mark Schuster on Being a Gay Physician at Harvard”. To read The Doctor is Out, an article focusing on Dr. Schuster’s discussion, please click here. Please visit the Office for Diversity Inclusion & Community Partnership website, for information regarding available resources for LGBT individuals on the HLC.

Group viewPicture by Steve Lipofsky, copyright HMS

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Pictures by Emily Cuccarese, T.H Chan School of Public Health

The series was kicked off by an insightful presentation titled Make No Assumptions!  Increasing Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities featuring Lisa Iezzoni, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. To read Diverse Perspectives, an article focusing on Dr. Iezzoni’s presentation, please click here. A live recording of the presentation is also available by clicking the title above.

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Q&A with Kenji Yoshino

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The event, “Covering: The Hidden Assault on our Civil Rights” with the author Kenji Yoshino, took place on August 24, 2015.  It was sponsored by the Office for Diversity & Inclusion and Human Resources and it was open to and well attended by staff and faculty!

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On My Own Time at the Harvard Longwood Campus (HLC)

On My Own Time (OMOT) is a two-week exhibit that features the diverse talents and interests of staff, faculty and students.  It was conceived many years ago as a way to offer the opportunity to bring one’s whole self to work and showcase talents that may not be apparent to your colleagues.

OMOT will include all three schools on the Harvard Longwood Campus – SPH, HMS and HSDM.

Past submissions to OMOT have included music, dance, photography, textiles, basket-weaving, poetry, cooking, sculpture, and more.

TWO-WEEK EXHIBIT DATES: TBD
RECEPTION DATE:  TBD
LOCATION OF EXHIBIT & RECEPTION: Countway Library, 10 Shattuck Street, 1st fl.

List of the 2017 participants and their artwork display.

Photos from the 2017 OMOT Event

Submit any questions at onmyowntime@hms.harvard.edu or call:  Tania Rodriguez (617-432-3809); Ilia Maldonado (617-432-1627).

 

 

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Season of Giving
The Season of Giving celebrates the good work and the goodwill of those within our community by offering the Harvard Longwood Campus (HLC) community the opportunity to send messages of appreciation to colleagues who have enriched their work experience through good deeds and small kindness.  It also offers the opportunity to support our Boston area neighbors in need.

The HLC  (HMS, Harvard Chan School and HSDM) is ushering in the 2017-2018 Season of Giving by providing employees with an opportunity to attend a discussion on human connection, to share messages of appreciation with one another, and to help our local neighbors through voluntary food, toys and clothing drives.  Listed below are some of the ways you can contribute and get involved:

 

Talk@12: TBD

Write a Note of Gratitude: TBD
Take a moment to write a note of appreciation to someone who has helped you in the past. Date and time is TBD.  Card-writing stations will be available at the following locations:

HMS
Quad – Courtyard Café
Global Health and Social Medicine – 641 Huntington Avenue
NRB – 1st Floor Elevator Bay

Harvard Chan School
90 Smith Street, first-floor lobby
Kresge Atrium
Landmark Center, 3rd Floor East & 4th Floor West

HSDM
REB Lobby 

You may also download an electronic thank you card and send it by email or via interoffice mail. If sending through interoffice mail, please include the recipient’s name, school, building and department. Because of high volume during this time, allow one week for delivery.

Food Drive: TBD
The Harvard Longwood Campus community will be hosting a food drive. Well-marked donation boxes will be located throughout the three Longwood Campus schools. The boxes will be collected on the last day of the food drive.

Toy Drive: TBD
The Harvard Longwood Campus community is helping families in need by participating in the Phillips Brooks House holiday gift drive. The goal is to provide books, games, toys, art supplies and sports equipment to children in need. Faculty, staff and students are invited to donate new, unopened gifts for children of preschool through high-school age.

Collection box locations for both the food and toy drives will be at the following locations:

HMS

Quad – Courtyard Café
Global Health and Social Medicine – 641 Huntington AvenueReception – First floor conference room hallway.

Harvard Chan School
90 Smith Street, first-floor lobby
Kresge Lobby
FXB Lobby
Landmark Center, 3rd Floor East & 4th Floor West

HSDM
REB Lobby
Main Lobby

Clothing Drive:  TBD
Harvard Longwood Campus Offices of Human Resources will be hosting a clothing drive for  Boomerangs. Boomerangs is a family of non-profit thrift stores in the Greater Boston area.  They are owned and operated by AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.  100% of store proceeds go towards supporting AIDS Action’s mission:  Prevent new infections, Support those affected or at risk and Tackle the root causes of HIV/AIDS.

Please note:  All donations are tax-deductible.  You will get a receipt when you drop off clothing and other work-appropriate attires at one of the locations listed below.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to donate!

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:
HMS – Courtyard Cafe
Kresge Atrium
Landmark Center, 3rd Floor East

Donation Policies for Boomerangs!
They accept and are in need of the following items to fill the thrift stores but are able to make use of ALL clothing items in good condition:

  • Men’s suits
  • Men’s pants
  • Men’s sweaters
  • Women’s professional clothing
  • Coats (winter and spring)
  • Designer brands

Aside from the donations to the thrift stores, Boomerangs also directly serve and meet the needs of clients at AIDS Action Committee, including their Youth on Fire program which serves homeless youth ages 14 – 24 in Harvard Square.  They are always in need of the following:

  • New Socks (black is preferred)
  • New Underwear (all sizes but especially L-2X
  • Winter hats (if hosting in winter months-early spring)
  • Winter gloves (if hosting in winter months-early spring)

If you would like more information on Boomerangs, please visit http://www.shopboomerangs.org/.

If you have any questions, please contact MJ Grein at maryjane@hms.harvard.edu and 617-432-4780 or Ilia Maldonado at imaldona@hsph.harvard.edu and 617-432-1627.

Thank you for your support!

Additional Community Initiatives
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Harvard Community Gifts, Harvard’s workplace charitable giving program
Through the Harvard Community Gifts program, Harvard Longwood Campus employees can give to their favorite charities through 2017 via Harvard payroll deduction. Specific dates and details coming soon.  To learn more, visit http://hr.harvard.edu/harvard-community-gifts

The Family Van
The Family Van works with our Boston neighbors to improve health by removing barriers to care, increasing health literacy and providing risk assessment for chronic illnesses. Recognizing that 60 percent of all health problems are a result of unstable housing and a lack of education or a good job, the Family Van works not only to improve health but they also to address associated social factors. One of these factors is food. Thousands of Boston parents and grandparents rely on monthly nutritional supplemental food donations from food pantries and WIC to feed their families, and often these subsidies are not enough. The Family Van sees the impact of this every day, so we provide emergency supplies such as diapers and baby formula. This holiday season you can support families with a donation of diapers or formula through the Family Van. Let’s make sure that every family has what it needs to have a happy holiday season.

Credit Union
The Harvard University Employees Credit Union is hosting a toy drive – Toys for Tots.  Dates TBD.  Following the toy drive, all additional donations will be given to Phillips Brooks House.

 

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Summer Music Series

HMS, HSDM and the Harvard Chan School of Public Health invite you to join us and enjoy free, outdoor lunchtime concerts featuring talented musicians from Berklee College of Music. Listen to a wide variety of musical styles including folk, jazz, Latin and pop.
The concert series begins in July and will run through August. All concerts take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays* and alternate between the HMS Quad and Kresge Courtyard. Come on over and spend your lunch break enjoying great music! Click here for more information.

Berklee Students

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Transit Gallery

The Transit Gallery, located in Gordon Hall’s lower level corridor, showcases professional artists in the Harvard and greater Boston communities whose works use, explore or are otherwise connected to the sciences.

Contact Tania Rodriguez (tania_rodriguez@hms.harvard.edu)

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To learn more about these events contact:

Tania Rodriguez in the HMS Office of Human Resources at 432-3809 or Tania_Rodriguez@hms.harvard.edu.

Ilia Maldonado in the SPH Office of Human Resources at 432-1627 or imaldona@hsph.harvard.edu.

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