Better Together: Diversity at HMS and the Committees


Diversity at HMS

Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.

Click here to visit Harvard Medical School's Diversity at HMS web page for our Diversity Statement, Resources for Racial and Social Justice, Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion Final Report, and Reflections. 

Better Together Plan

As the Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion (TFDI) and its subcommittees deliberated, the need emerged for a long-term, ambitious plan to establish HMS as a destination for diverse individuals. Based on community stakeholder feedback, the TFDI envisioned a Better Together plan that articulates HMS’s “Big Bang Goal” to be the institution of preference for diverse candidates.

Click here to see Better Together Plan. 

Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion Report

Click here to read the Executive Overview. 

Go to the full report.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee serves as the primary HMS body responsible for monitoring diversity- and inclusion-related activities within the HMS community. It advises leadership on diversity, inclusion and belonging policy, practice, and programming, including identifying and revising diversity groups for focused recruitment and retention strategies.

Click here to learn more about the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Diversity Council

The Diversity Council is comprised of HMS-Affiliated hospital representatives who are identified by department chair members of the Executive Committee plus up to six additional positions.  Council members will serve as liaisons between HMS-Affiliate departments, the HMS Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the HMS Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership.

Click here to learn more about the Diversity Council.

HMS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Research and Scholarship Committee

Consistent with the HMS Better Together plan and utilizing the NIH NIMHD Research Framework as well as consideration of fundamental research, the DEI Scholarship and Research Committee will assess ongoing equity-related research at Harvard Medical School (HMS) to identify gaps, unmet needs, areas of excellence, and areas of opportunity.

Click here to learn more about the HMS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Research and Scholarship Committee.

Quad Diversity Committee

The Quad Diversity Committee is comprised of quad department faculty who are identified by quad department chairs. Members will serve as liaisons for all diversity-related matters in their respective departments.

Click here to learn more about the Quad Diversity Committee.

Voices from The Community

Watch video "Voices from the Community: Mutual Respect and Public Discourse".