The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging was established in spring 2019 to serve as a place of consultation, strategic partnership, and accountability to ensure that all in our community have equitable access to its resources and can share in its benefits. We seek to be an example of a design community that can hold multiple identities and conflicting perspectives in an engaging and respectful way; one that is thoughtful of diversity and helps people understand how respect and acknowledgement of others allows us to be better design practitioners.
The mission of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging is to cultivate and sustain an environment at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) that increases diversity, deepens inclusion, and advances a sense of belonging among students, faculty, staff and our extended community. The GSD believes in equipping students with the skills to design spaces for all people to navigate. To accomplish this, we prioritize the innovation and reflection that comes from recognizing diverse perspectives and experiences, and creating space for them in our community. Our diversity, inclusion, and belonging focus areas include recruitment and retention, community engagement, representation, and assessment.