2020 Grant Recipients
Addressing Bias in Med Ed - Inclusive Anatomical Representation
A pioneering pilot project to replace the predominant anatomical representation of the human body as young, lean, white, and male by collecting and generating anatomical images of all human forms, including those who have been systematically excluded from medical discourse. The pilot will develop into an open-source, multimodal platform that fosters an accessible and collaborative model of medical education.
DEIB Personalized Learning
The mission of the DEIB Personalized Learning Project (DPLP) is to provide resources and pathways for all members of Harvard University to develop and grow their DEIB skills and understandings, both during their time at Harvard and beyond. DEIB is essential for the overall quality of learning, living, and work at Harvard- particularly for the experience of community members from underrepresented backgrounds. Over the past few years, DEIB has become a vital part of the mission of Harvard University, the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), and in the broader field of education. While the commitment to DEIB work at Harvard has been on a steep, positive incline, there remains a need to create supports that can help guide community members’ learning and growth.
Map of Inclusive Symbols and Spaces
The Map of Inclusive Spaces and Symbols at Harvard is an interactive web application that visualizes spaces around campus. Each data point will feature background and information on the symbol (e.g., public art honoring social justice leaders) and space (e.g., named buildings and departments). The data will also be tagged so that similar objects can be found by searching keywords.
While there is no universal first-generation, low-income (FG/LI) student experience across Harvard, there are shared FG/LI challenges and needs that Harvard can effectively address through the innovative use of existing university resources and services. Next Gen is a multiplatform initiative that aims to positively enhance the experience of all students who are the first in their families to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree in the U.S., including undocumented and low-income students.
Harvard H.U.B is an interactive digital platform that harnesses the power of technology and storytelling to connect undergraduate students to a myriad of campus resources. H.U.B, which stands for Here U Belong, aims to aid students in navigating and shaping their unique Harvard experience. We aim to build intentional communities premised on the understanding that everyone’s journey to and through Harvard is unique and worthy of celebration and support.
Harvard Votes Challenge
The Harvard Votes Challenge is a nonpartisan initiative that strives to build a civic culture at Harvard University by increasing voter registration and participation in the Harvard community. We endeavor to transform Harvard University into a national leader for civic engagement, full voter participation and community building. The Harvard Votes Challenge project team was awarded a CLIF 2020 scaling grant.
Race Research and Policy Portal
This project proposes developing an online portal of anti-racism policy research called the “Race, Research and Policy Portal” or RRAPP. The objective of this portal is to evaluate existing evidence-based research and publications in areas of policy, practice, and organizational change as they relate to racism, racial equity, and anti- racism so that all Harvard affiliates can quickly access high quality research for use in the classroom, research, and curriculum development.
SySTEMatic: Expanding the Reach of Diversity in STEM Mentoring
Harvard has several mentorship programs to support diversity for students, faculty, post-docs, and staff in the STEM fields. Three of these programs: HarvardWIT+, WiSTEM, and HGWISE would like to collaborate and implement mentoring software to aggregate the opportunities and streamline administrative efforts, so we can strengthen the impact and expand the reach of these programs toward a cohesive approach in addressing issues around diversity and inclusion in STEM at Harvard.
Teachly is a web application that helps faculty teach more effectively and inclusively. Teachly dashboards aggregate student participation patterns and provide data visualizations to help faculty conceptualize class participation and identify neglected students. Teachly was awarded a CLIF 2020 scaling grant.
UndocuVeritas is a support hub for undocumented/DACAmented students across all Harvard schools and campuses. UndocuVeritas connects students virtually through secure technology platforms, creates community and opportunities for professional development through in-person gatherings, and addresses issues undocumented students face through problem-solving ‘hacks’.
Universal Design for Inclusive Research Labs
This pilot project aims to increase the number of undergraduate students with disabilities in research labs and increase the implementation of Universal Design principles in existing and new research environments.
A Walk in My Shoes: Fostering Empathy for Gender Diversity
The Walk in My Shoes Project is designed to disarm unconscious bias surrounding gender identity. Harvard students will engage with the learning experience, consent to be filmed, and videos will be synthesized into a short film. This film will be screened at an event that will involve a panel with policy, community, education, and healthcare leaders working at the intersection of gender and bias. We will engage in qualitative and quantitative research after this immersive film event to evaluate impact.
The Women+ of Color Project @ Harvard
The Women of Color Project (WOCP)@Harvard aims to improve the pipeline of under-represented racial minority women+ (URRM Women+) who pursue graduate school in the physical sciences at Harvard. We plan to use a multi-platform model consisting of an in-person conference focused on graduate admissions and thriving as a PhD student, in tandem with a digital conference and online portal. We hope our efforts will ultimately increase representation from this demographic by targeting the applicant pool.