History & Purpose

EIF was founded with the aim of developing the skills, approaches and theories of action that are needed in the exercise of leadership for social change. The Fellows will work together and with faculty to expand their own capacity for fostering structural transformation;  facilitate dialogue across differences at Harvard and beyond; and create new knowledge for the field of diversity, equity and inclusion. Many alumni of the Fellowship have gone on to lead high-impact work in universities, schools, districts, non-profits, consultancies, or through their own ventures.

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Roles & Responsibilities

  • Identify and address emerging equity and inclusion issues at HGSE 
  • Push fellow educators to leave HGSE and contribute to building a more equitable world
  • Develop/deepen personal capacity to design and facilitate equity programming
  • Provide a space for Fellows to share past learnings and imagine future projects
  • Cultivate leadership skills through thorough self-examination

Strands

In-Person Fellows
Students who can attend in-person classes will join a larger cohort of Fellows who take part in the following:

  1. The Fall Semester, 4-credit course, The Equity and Inclusion Fellowship Leadership Practicum. The course meets twice a week, each time for 90 minutes.
  2. A site-based Fellowship with an EIF partner organization.
  3. A half-day retreat on Saturday, September 4.
  4. Four 90-minute sessions in the Spring semester.

Online Fellows
Students who will attend HGSE remotely can join a smaller cohort of Fellows who take part in the following:

  1. A position with the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (ODEIB) and the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) to work on diversity, equity, and inclusion across Harvard schools.
  2. Enrollment in two courses to be selected from an EIF-approved list.
  3. Two three-hour learning sessions with faculty in the Fall.
  4. Four 90-minute sessions in the Spring semester.