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.

Focus Areas

Recruitment and Retention: We work in partnership with other GSD offices to ensure diverse recruitment of faculty, staff, and students and advocate for retention practices that foster inclusion.

Community Engagement: We collaborate and support faculty, staff, and students who organize programming that seeks to advance conversations about dib. We do this by helping to create avenues for diversity in community programs, conferences, and symposia.

Representation: We strive to ensure that our community is an accurate reflection of the diversity in our world, and we accomplish this in two ways:

  1. We review and develop GSD policies to ensure recognition of a diverse and inclusive community while providing accountability to the GSD community values.
  2. We seek to encourage a consistent review of the curriculum to maintain an academic voice that highlights the diversity of the field and that can be far-reaching to our current and prospective students.

Assessment: We seek to advance our work and mark our movement using data-driven and evidence-based approaches to diversity, inclusion, and belonging.


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