Project: Harvard IDEAs: Inclusion, Diversity, and Excellence in Action
Team: Myrish Antonio, Lori Cawthorne, Surabhi Chatterjee, Teresa Malonzo, Tana Ruegamer, Colleen Silva, Alexis Stokes
Schools/Units Represented: HHR, HKS,HL, HIO, LASPAU, SEAS
Mission: Harvard IDEAs is a cultural competency training that moves beyond preparing individuals to “work in” an inclusive environment. It prepares individuals to “actively contribute to” an inclusive environment.
The mission of the Harvard IDEAs is to create a university-wide cultural competency program by building leadership capability and organizational capacity to advance inclusive excellence and belonging at Harvard. The program creates allies by exploring issues of privilege, micro-aggressions, self-understanding/biases, engaging in difficult conversations, activism, and creating inclusive excellence among staff and senior leaders. The program will increase commitment from all staff employees to do their part and actively contribute to an inclusive environment -- management must possess diversity and inclusion competencies to lead and manage an engaged workforce and others must treat colleagues with respect by listening to different viewpoints and ideas; and embracing a culture of inclusion.