Community Activities


Diversity DialoguesArts and Humanities Improvised Music and Medicine Concert | 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


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



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



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


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



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.


Q&A with Kenji Yoshino


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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Arts and Humanities Improvised Music and Medicine Concert

Join us for the first concert in a new series of improvised music at HMS!

HMS Improvised Music & Medicine, in partnership with the HMS Arts Initiative, is a monthly series of small concerts by local, professional and touring improvising musicians, with Q&A between musicians and HMS physician/scientist/& student players. The series is developed to support how improvisation as an art may illustrate and inform improvisation in medicine.

The first concert is Breakaway Quartet. Originating in 2015 as a spinoff from The Whammies, (a project dedicated to exploring the music of the late saxophonist and composer Steve Lacy), Breakaway works with compositions contributed by  its members, each of whom has an extensive resume in new jazz and improvised music. The music freely operates within compositional frameworks, and incorporates influences from American and European jazz, free improvisation, and new music.

“The traditions of jazz improvisation can inform efforts to research and teach medical interviewing by fostering a contextualized view of patient-physician communication.” Paul Haidet, MD, MPH

This short video interview is the quartet (in Thessaloniki, Greece) that will be playing on June 10th (with the addition of Boston bassist Nathan McBride in place of Jason Roebke.

Included is George Lewis from 2011 that addresses improvising and a concert video and talk with Dr. Lewis and Dr. Vijay Iyer (Harvard) from 2012 (Lewis/Iyer)

Breakaway 2016 update for web


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-EXHIBIT DATES: March 30 – April 13, 2017
RECEPTION:  April 4th 2:00 – 3:30 PM – SAVE THE DATE!
LOCATION OF EXHIBIT & RECEPTION: Countway Library, 10 Shattuck Street, 1st fl.

List of all the participants and their artwork display.

Photos from the 2017 OMOT Event

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

Below are images of artwork from previous OMOT events:


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Season of Giving

The Harvard Longwood Campus (HMS, Harvard Chan School and HSDM) is ushering in the 2016-2017 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, gift and clothing drives.

Listed below are some of the ways you can contribute and get involved.

Clothing Drive:  January 2017!

On January 17, 18 and 19, the Harvard Longwood Campus Offices of Human Resources Offices will be hosting a clothing drive to benefit two organizations:  Dress for Success Boston and Boomerangs.

Dress for Success Boston is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network for support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  Dress for Success Boston provides clothing, confidence and career boosts to more than 1,000 women a year.

We will be collecting nearly new women’s professional clothing and accessories.  If your donations are appropriate to wear to work and you would be comfortable wearing your donated item to an interview, we’ll take it!

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
January 17, 18 and 19
11:00AM – 1:00PM

Kresge Atrium
January 17, 18 and 19
11:00AM – 1:00PM

Landmark Center, 3rd Floor East
January 18 and 19
11:00AM – 1:00PM

Donation Policies for both organizations are as follows:

Dress for Success Boston

Currently, Dress for Success is ONLY able to accept the following:

  • Full suits (i.e., matching jacket and skirt or pant) in sizes 00 to 2
  • Full suits in sizes 10 or above
  • Separate work pants or blazers in sizes 16 and above
  • Work-appropriate shells or blouses in sizes XS,XL or above
  • Work-appropriate dresses 14 and above
  • Handbags
  • Scarves
  • Work-appropriate Winter Coats, New winter hats scarves and gloves

***All donated items must be clean, current (purchased within 2 years), and in good repair. Clothing must be on hangers; we do not accept boxed or bagged clothing.***

If you would like more information on Dress for Success Boston, please visit


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

Suits that do not meet the needs of Dress for Success will be sent to Boomerangs.

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

If you have any questions, please contact MJ Grein at and 617-432-4780 or Ilia Maldonado at and 617-432-1627.

Thank you for your support!


Talk@12: The Good Life: Lessons from the longest study on happiness
Thursday, November 3rd: Noon – 1:00pm (Q&A will follow)
Harvard Medical School – Armenise Amphitheater; 210 Longwood Ave. Boston MA
Refreshments will be served

Robert Waldinger is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and Zen priest. He is clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and directs the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest-running studies of adult life ever done. The Study tracked the lives of two groups of men for over 75 years, and it now follows their Baby Boomer children to understand how childhood experience reaches across decades to affect health and wellbeing in middle age.

Write a Note of Gratitude: Nov. 3 – 4

Take a moment to write a note of appreciation to someone who has helped you in the past. Card-writing stations will be open during the Nov. 3 talk until 2:00 p.m. and on Nov. 4 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Quad – Courtyard Café
Global Health and Social Medicine – 641 Huntington Avenue
*Note: The card-writing station will be available at this location until Thursday, November 10th*
NRB – 1st Floor Elevator Bay

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

REB Lobby
*Note: On Friday, Nov. 4, the card-writing station  will be available from 3:00 – 4:00 PM*

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: Nov. 7 – 18

The Harvard Longwood Campus community will be hosting a food drive starting on Nov. 7 and running through Nov. 18. 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: Nov. 18 – Dec. 16

The Harvard Longwood Campus community is helping families in need by participating in the Phillips Brooks House holiday gift drive. The drive will run from Nov. 18 through December 16. 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:

Quad – Courtyard Café
Global Health and Social Medicine – 641 Huntington Avenue: Reception – 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

REB Lobby
Main Lobby

Additional Community Initiatives

Harvard Community Gifts, Harvard’s workplace charitable giving program

sheild-bowThrough the Harvard Community Gifts program, Harvard Longwood Campus employees can give to their favorite charities through 2016 via Harvard payroll deduction. The campaign officially launched on November 2 and ended on November 16. To learn more, visit


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, starting on November 7 – December 6.  Following the toy drive, all additional donations will be given to Phillips Brooks House starting on December 7 -16.

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Summer Music Series

The schools of the Harvard Longwood Campus – HMS, HSPH and HSDM – invite you to take a break from your research, patients, paperwork and other tasks to enjoy the Annual Longwood Campus Summer Music Series, taking place on the HMS Quad and Kresge Courtyard, Wednesdays at 12:30p.m. in July and August. The concerts feature these talented musicians from Berklee College of Music.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy some music with your colleagues.

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 (

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To learn more about these events contact:

Tania Rodriguez in the HMS Office of Human Resources at 432-3809 or

Ilia Maldonado in the SPH Office of Human Resources at 432-1627 or

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