DEI Commitment Statement Guide

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The DEI Commitment Statement Guide was developed by the Harvard Office for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging to be used as a resource for Executive Organization Effectiveness (EOE) Consultants, HR Consultants, HR Directors, Business Partners, Diversity Inclusion & Belonging Leadership Council, School and Unit Leaders, and managers across Harvard University.

It is designed to:

  • Establish a broad understanding of what a diversity statement is;

  • Communicate the utility of a diversity statement for groups and organizations;

  • Clarify what should be included as a part of a diversity statement;

  • Offer examples of effective diversity statements;

  • Highlight how a diversity statement differs from an Equal Opportunity or Reasonable Accomodations statement;

  • Provide next steps for after writing a diversity statement.

This guide is a continously evolving document that we plan to improve over time. We welcome your input. Please feel free to provide any feedback at


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