Resources

Harvard Campus Identity Discussions, Workshops, and Training

For students interest in continuing community dialogue on issues related to identity and belonging, there are many  opportunities for both individuals and groups available across campus. Check out the following office websites to learn more, or contact them directly regarding workshops, trainings, discussions, and events.

Office of BGLTQ Student Life

Allyship Workshops:

The Office of BGLTQ Student Life Allyship Training draws on recent news, personal stories, statistics, and biology to best present our current knowledge of the issues lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, and other gender/sexual minorities may face. It will better inform you as an ally to the community, be an opportunity to get questions answered, and prepare you to effectively wield the sword of knowledge to appropriately intervene or be a source of support.

Contact bgltq at fas.harvard.edu if your group would like to arrange a workshop by appointment.

Harvard Bureau of Study Counsel

Real Talk & Identity and Diversity Workshops:

Workshops and discussion groups provide students with opportunities for self-exploration, interpersonal support, skill-building, and problem-solving in topic areas related to student life and academic development. The confidential and respectful format of workshops and groups allows students to express their concerns and stretch their limits within a context of mutual trust and creative exploration.

Please contact the BSC at 617-495-2581 to speak with a counselor about your request.

Harvard Chaplains

On Faith Discussions:

Take a look at the breadth of religious life at Harvard, where members of the community participate in moments of worship, spirituality, and community across the University. Students can engage in prayer or reflection in one of Harvard’s historic places of worship or in one of many less formal locations—a dorm room, dining hall, office, or Widener Library.

To connect with the chaplains email chaplains at harvard.edu

Harvard College Women's Center

Gender 101: Moving Beyond the Binary 

An interactive workshop that aims to build awareness of the diversity of gender identities on campus. Through presentation and discussion, we hope to build the capacity of individuals to recognize and respect all genders and provide tools and ideas for organizations to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment. This workshop lasts 1.5 hours and can be tailored to meet the distinct needs of your organization.

For more information, please email us at hcwc at fas.harvard.edu

Harvard Dialogues

Dialogues:

Student-facilitated discussions and training. Harvard Dialogues unites students from all walks of life to talk about identity, difference, and Harvard culture, and promotes engagement in community problem solving. Our goal is to use dialogue as a way to build relationships across differences and as a catalyst for action.

Harvard Foundation

House Diversity Events:

Race relations tutors and volunteer student associates hold 1-2 events in their Houses on issues surrounding race relations and intercultural awareness. Students interested in helping organize an event in their House or Entryway may reach out to their race relations tutor/proctor, or contact the Harvard Foundation directly.

For more information email harvfoun at fas.harvard.edu

Harvard Freshman Dean's Office

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Community Conversations

For many years, the Freshman Dean’s Office has assigned readings to incoming first-year students and organized conversations with faculty and administrators during Opening Days to address important questions raised in the texts. Typically, selected texts focus on race, class, sexual orientation, and the overlap among these characteristics. Readings are intended to raise awareness of the diversity in society and encourage students to situate themselves within this context. The discussions, known as Community Conversations, have traditionally offered students an opportunity to reflect on the above issues with the ultimate goal of building a more inclusive and cohesive academic community whilst promoting communication about diversity.

Contact: fdo at fas.harvard.edu