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

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

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

Previous Diversity Dialogues:


On 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


Danielle 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


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



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



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

Covering-Yoshino-Kenji-9780375760211The 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!



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.

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!

RECEPTION DATE:  April 8; 2:30 – 4:00 PM
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 or call:  Tania Rodriguez (617-432-3809); Ilia Maldonado (617-432-1627).

List of the 2017 participants and their artwork display.

Photos from the 2017 OMOT Event


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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) is ushering in the 2018-2019 Season of Giving by providing employees with an opportunity to attend an inspirational talk, 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 you can contribute and get involved (SAVE THE DATES):


Write a Note of Gratitude:  Wednesday, November 7th & Thursday, November 8th;
12:00 – 1:30 PM

Take a moment to write a note of appreciation, or just simply say thank you, to someone who has helped you in the past.  “Thank You” Card-writing stations will be available at the following locations:

Courtyard Café
Global Health and Social Medicine – 641 Huntington Avenue

Harvard Chan School
90 Smith Street, first-floor lobby
Kresge Entrance (Nov. 7th) & Kresge Atrium (Nov. 8th)
Landmark Center, 3rd Floor East & 4th Floor West

REB Lobby – 188 Longwood Avenue 

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.


Inspirational Talk:  Thursday, November 14th at 12:00 – 1:00 PM; Armenise Amphitheater – 210 Longwood Avenue (it will be live-streamed)

The talk features Robert Brooks, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital with the topic The Power of Resilience.

What are the best strategies for reducing stress and leading a more resilient, meaningful life? Renowned speaker and author Robert Brooks will share insights and anecdotes that highlight the importance of emphasizing personal control, maintaining connections to minimize feelings of loneliness, practicing therapeutic lifestyle changes, engaging in contributory activities and expressing gratitude towards others in order to enrich the lives of others and provide health benefits for ourselves.

Click here to view the recorded live-stream from 2017, closed captioning included.


Food Drive:  November 13th – 27th
The Harvard Longwood Campus community will be hosting a food drive in collaboration with ABCD, a non-profit organization that provides to low income residents in the Greater Boston region. 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:  December 3rd – December 19th
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:


Courtyard Café – by Security Desk
Global Health and Social Medicine – 641 Huntington AvenueReception
Countway Library – Lobby
NRB – 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur – first floor by the elevator
Landmark Center, 5th Floor West

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

Main lobby – 188 Longwood Avenue
REB Lobby – side glass entrance at 188 Longwood Avenue


Clothing Drive:  January 15th, 16th & 17th; 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
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.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to donate!

Boomerangs accepts new or gently used men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories.  They also accept kids clothing.

All donations are tax-deductible for income tax purposes.  You will get a tax receipt when you drop off any donations at one of the locations listed below.  PLEASE NOTE: Your donation will be a tax write-off in the year 2020.

Donations can be dropped off at one of the following locations:

HMS – Courtyard Café

Harvard Chan School – Kresge Atrium

HSDM – REB Lobby – 188 Longwood Avenue (side glass entrance)

Landmark Center, 3rd Floor East

If you would like more information on Boomerangs, please visit

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Regan at and 617-432-4780 or MJ Grein at and 617-432-5076.

Thank you for your support!


Additional Community Initiatives

Harvard Community Gifts, Harvard’s workplace charitable giving program
Annual open enrollment for Harvard Community Gifts, Harvard’s workplace charitable giving program will run from November 7-14, 2018. Faculty and staff are invited to learn more and sign up for charitable giving by Harvard payroll deduction in 2019 at:

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.

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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 are located in the Kresge Courtyard. Come on over and spend your lunch break enjoying great music! Click here for more information.

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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Countway Cares about your peace of mind

The Countway Library of Medicine invites you to attend a series of events throughout September, including workshops on mindfulness and panels on healing and recovery. Registration is required for below workshops. For more information or to register, visit the Countway Library of Medicine’s classes and events website

Mindfulness Workshop*
Sept. 6, 4 – 5 p.m.

Calming the Worried Mind/Mending Your Mood Workshop*
Sept. 10, 2 – 3 p.m.

Documentary Film: “The S Word”
Sept. 11 & Sept. 27, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Documentary Film: “Looking for Luke”
Sept. 13 & Sept. 19, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

How You Can Help Panel Discussion
Sept. 18, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Sleeping Soundly Workshop*
Sept. 24, 2 – 3 p.m.

Healing & Recovery Panel Discussion
Sept. 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m.












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