Community Activities

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

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: TBD -thanks checking! Keep checking here for new dialogue dates!

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Previous Diversity Dialogues:

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Photo of Dr. Salamishah Tillet, the Robert S. Blank Presidential Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Photo of Dr. Salamishah Tillet, the Robert S. Blank Presidential Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of PennsylvaniaOn May 10th, Dr. Salamishah Tillet, the Robert S. Blank Presidential Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, led a discussion entitled “Public Art, Private Trauma, and the Power of the #MeToo Movement” as part of the Harvard Longwood Campus Diversity Dialogues series.  Click here, 2018 HLC Diversity Dialogue – Dr. Tillet, for a  video of Dr. Tillet’s dialogue. For a closed captioned version, click on the “CC” box below the video.

Pictures by Craig LaPlante, T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at HarvardDanielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, presented at the most recent Harvard Longwood Campus Diversity Dialogue on November 15th. Danielle’s presentation “Inclusive Excellence” included messages such as the importance of nurturing diversity at Harvard and the core ideas behind inclusive excellence. To read more about Dr. Allen’s dialogue, click here.

Click here, 2017 HLC Diversity Dialogue_11/15/2017, for a  video of Dr. Allen’s dialogue. For a closed captioned version, click on the “CC” box below the video.

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

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The most recent presentation in the HLC’s Diversity Dialogues 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

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

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Group viewThe 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.

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

Harvard Longwood Campus On My Own Time imageOn 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.

The exhibit will include displays from all three schools in the Harvard Longwood Campus – Harvard T.H. Chan School, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine.  The displays will vary from photography, jewelry making, knitting, poetry, sculpture, live performances (at the reception) and more!

TWO-WEEK EXHIBIT DATES: Coming soon! April 2021
RECEPTION DATE:  TBD
LOCATION OF EXHIBIT & RECEPTION: Countway Library, 10 Shattuck Street, 1st fl.

Click here for a list of the 2019 participants and their displays at the exhibit.

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 Harvard Longwood Campus (HMS, Harvard Chan School and HSDM) ushered in the 2019-2020 Season of Giving by providing employees with an opportunity to share messages of appreciation with one another, and to help our local neighbors through voluntary food, toy and clothing drives.

Listed below are some of the ways the HLC community contributed and got involved:

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Write a Note of Gratitude:  November 4 – 8, 2019
Our community took time to write a note of appreciation, or just simply say thank you, to someone who has helped us in the past, has made us  feel valued, and/or has done something special for us.

Food Drive:  November 12 – 22, 2019
The Harvard Longwood Campus Human Resources Offices hosted a food drive in collaboration with ABCD, a non-profit organization that provides food donations to low income residents in the Greater Boston region. Faculty, staff and students were invited to donate.

Toy Drive:  December 2 – 13, 2019
The Harvard Longwood Campus (HLC) community helped families in need by participating in the Phillips Brooks House holiday gift drive. The goal was to provide books, games, toys, art supplies and sports equipment to children in need. Faculty, staff and students were invited to donate new, unopened gifts for children of preschool through high-school age.

Clothing Drive:  January 13 – 17, 2020
Harvard Longwood Campus Human Resources Offices hosted 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 went towards supporting AIDS Action’s mission – Preventing new infections, Supporting those affected or at risk, and Tackling the root causes of HIV/AIDS.

If you have any questions on any of the Season of Giving events, please contact any of the following:

     Harvard Chan School:  Ilia Maldonado; imaldona@hsph.harvard.edu; 617-432-1627
     HMS:  Sarah Regan; sarah_regan@hms.harvard.edu; 617-432-4780
     HSDM: Joanna Mannion; joanna_mannion@hsdm.harvard.edu; 617-432-5813

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Additional Community Initiatives

The Family Van

The Family Van works to improve the health of residents in underserved Boston neighborhoods by removing barriers to care, increasing health literacy, and providing risk assessments for chronic illnesses. The Family Van also works to address social factors associated with health disparities, including access to food. Thousands of Boston parents and grandparents rely on monthly nutritional supplemental food donations from food pantries and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program 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 baby formula and diapers. This holiday season, you can support families in East Boston, Roxbury, and Dorchester 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.

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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. The dates, times and locations are coming soon.

For questions, contact Tania Rodriguez

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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.

For questions, contact Tania Rodriguez

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