At GSAS, through the Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs (ODMA), we strive to create an inclusive environment where all students can thrive and grow academically and personally by:

  • Engaging in an active outreach and recruitment effort to increase applications from groups underrepresented in graduate study;
  • Working with individual GSAS departments and programs to help in their recruitment of prospective and admitted students;
  • Cooperating with other Harvard Schools in University-wide efforts to recruit prospective students and encourage admitted students to attend GSAS;
  • Partnering with national organizations whose missions align with our goals, such as the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers, The National Name Exchange, Ivy+ Consortium, Leadership Alliance, among others;
  • Developing and running several outreach pipeline programs that provide crucial preparation for research careers to undergraduates from groups underrepresented in graduate study;
  • Producing publications, including Perspectives, that highlight our recruitment and outreach efforts and include advice on the application process;
  • Supporting several GSAS student affinity groups with their efforts to create community through social, cultural, and academic programing;
  • Advising faculty, staff, and graduate students in GSAS degree programs on their student retention efforts and about how to improve department inclusivity;
  • Assisting the GSAS Diversity & Inclusion Fellows and other graduate student leaders in promoting inclusivity across campus;
  • Collaborating with Harvard's Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging on University-wide implementation strategies for student retention.
In addition to attending the events listed below, ODMA also: Conducted information sessions on other campuses; Hosted McNair Scholars and other groups for on-campus information sessions; Helped several departments plan recruitment events for admitted students.Read more
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The Diversity and Inclusion Fellows support the efforts of the GSAS Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs (ODMA)​, help GSAS to identify needed areas of support, and work with student groups across GSAS.Read more