EDIB Forum

Harvard EDIB Forum

Reimagine Our Community

Harvard's first Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Forum brought the Harvard community together virtually from April 12-14 to learn and engage with critical EDIB topics. This year's theme, Reimagine Our Community, is driven by the need to collaboratively explore how we might work together to build a campus environment where everyone can thrive. All Harvard affiliates were invited to attend and participate. 

Those who did not register may access some video content via the EDIB YouTube Channel.

Registrants may access all video content via the event link shared in your confirmation email.

2022 Featured Speakers

Lauren Ridloff

Lauren Ridloff is a renowned actress and advocate, who may be best known for her role as Makkari, the world's first deaf superhero, in Marvel’s, The Eternals. She is a series regular on TV's The Walking Dead, and was nominated for a Tony Award last spring for Lead Actress in a Play for her Broadway debut in Children of a Lesser God.

A former Miss Deaf America, Lauren is of African-American and Mexican descent, her advocacy work highlights her intersectional identities and aims to raise awareness about and representation of deaf people in the arts and beyond.

 

William Lee

William "Bill" Lee is one of the country's foremost intellectual property and commercial litigation attorneys. He has targued more than 100 cases to the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit and other appellate courts. He recently served as co-lead trial counsel for Apple in the cases between Apple and Samsung. Bill achieved a victory as lead trial counsel for Harvard in the case challenging its admissions policies as discriminatory, and also served as a special assistant to the Massachusetts Attorney General for the purpose of investigating alleged incidents of racial bias in the Commonwealth's courts.

He has served on the Harvard Law School faculty for 15 years. He has also served on Harvard's Board of Overseers and was appointed a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation in 2010, serving as the Senior Fellow since June 2014.

 

EDIB Featured Speaker LaTosha BrownLaTosha Brown is an award-winning organizer, philanthropic consultant, political strategist, and jazz singer with over twenty years of experience working in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors on a wide variety of issues related to political empowerment, social justice, economic development, leadership development, wealth creation, and civil rights.

She is the co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, a power-building southern-based civic engagement organization that played an instrumental role in the 2017 Alabama U.S. Senate race. Ms. Brown is the founding project director of Grantmakers for Southern Progress and is principal owner of TruthSpeaks Consulting, Inc., a philanthropy advisory consulting firm in Atlanta, GA. 

 

Forum Sessions and Topics

A female-presenting person wearing a baseball cap is in deep discussion with another person outside the photo frame. Forum sessions have been curated to highlight pressing concerns, hear new approaches, renew our commitment, and reset expectations for how we engage in critical dialogue and advance institutional change. 

We will hear from those leading EDIB efforts, formally and informally, at the local University level and beyond Harvard. Come learn more about inclusion and equity efforts on your campus, increase your understanding of current and emerging issues, and be a part of advancing the University's EDIB goals.

Visit the EDIB Forum registration page for an updated list of sessions and presenters.

Who Should Attend?

A male-presenting person presents his computer screen to a group not seen in the photo.All Harvard affiliates, administrators, alumni, faculty, fellows, researchers, staff, and students are invited to attend and actively participate in helping to create a place of work and learning that is committed to equity, inclusion, and belonging. 

Whether you work or volunteer in an EDIB role or are interested in learning more, please join us for three days of dynamic speakers, learning, and community building. Please share widely and invite your colleagues to join you at the EDIB Forum. 

The forum will be held online.

 

About the EDIB Forum

The inaugural Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (EDIB) Forum, Reimagine Our Community, will bring together Harvard community members from across campuses from all levels of the organization to examine our practices  and come together to envision, discuss, and develop new directions, areas for growth, and ideas about how we can individually and collectively advance the University's EDIB goals.

 

2022 Forum Planning Committee

Special thanks to the EDIB Forum Planning Committee members.