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October 21, 2021

Harvard Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Sherri Ann CharlestonSherri Charleston reflects on her 1st year, outlines new five-year strategic model

This week, the Office for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging released its first Community Update under the leadership of chief diversity and inclusion officer Sherri Charleston, who began her work in the role in August of 2020.

The Gazette spoke with Charleston to hear her reflections on her first year-plus on the job, how she is building out the capacity of OEDIB (which was recently renamed), how her team has created new opportunities for community engagement and organizational excellence in their work over the past 14 months, and what her plans are for the future. This interview was edited for clarity and length.

Read the October 20, 2021, Q&A with Nate Herpich in the Harvard Gazette

Changing Names and Narratives

October 15, 2021
Dear Members of the Harvard Community,

Sherri CharlestonLast week, President Biden issued a formal proclamation declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, following a broader movement in more than 100 cities and a dozen states across the country led by Native and Indigenous Activists. Since time immemorial, Native and Indigenous peoples have occupied, cultivated, and safeguarded what is now the United States. It is important that we remember that Harvard University is itself located on the traditional and ancestral land of Native and Indigenous peoples. I encourage everyone to engage with the Harvard University Native American Program to learn more.... Read more about Changing Names and Narratives

LGBT History Month

October 14, 2021

October is National LGBT History Month. Let’s shine a light on some people who brought awareness to it.


Photo of Rodney Wilson“The greatest act of advocacy for civil rights for LGBT Americans is the act of coming out,” wrote Rodney Wilson who established Gay History Month in 1994. “LGBT history gave me self-confidence as a gay person and strengthened my resolve to live, as best I could, an honest, open and integrated life.”  

In 1994, while teaching history at Mehlville High School in suburban St. Louis, Wilson came out to his class during a lesson about the Holocaust. He told his class if he had lived in Germany during World War II, he probably would have been imprisoned and killed by the Nazis for being gay. He became the first openly gay K-12 teacher in Missouri. What started with a lesson evolved into a broader mission to teach young people about gay history. Inspired by Women’s History Month and Black History Month, he worked with national organizations to develop a gay-friendly curriculum for educators. Today Wilson holds a master's degree from the Harvard Extension School as well as the University of Missouri-St. Louis. 

Read more about the People Behind the Movement from the Countway Library. 
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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Fall Forum at Harvard School of Public Health

September 24, 2021

Join leaders of Harvard Chan School of Public Health for the 2021-22 Fall Forum outlining their Office for Diversity's plan and priorities for the year ahead and share resources avalable to all members of the Harvard Chan community. 

Wednesday, October 6 at 1 p.m. ET via Zoom


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