Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Sociology at Harvard strives to be a place that is welcoming and inclusive for people from a diverse set of experiences and backgrounds. As we highlight in our community statement: “The Department of Sociology reaffirms its unambiguous commitment to ensuring all affiliates may pursue their learning, research, scholarship, and work in an environment free from discrimination and harassment. The Department recognizes our educational and research missions are strengthened by contributions from diverse perspectives. We aim to promote a fair, inclusive, and supportive environment for all.” We also wholeheartedly support the powerful words written by Dean Lawrence D. Bobo about racial violence and racial justice in America.

Standing Committee on Inclusion and Professionalism

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Department of Sociology established a Standing Committee on Inclusion and Professionalism (CIP) in 2020. The CIP is chaired by a tenured member of the Sociology Department faculty and includes one additional faculty member, two staff members, and two PhD students in Sociology. The 2021-2022 CIP members are:

Mary C. Waters, Faculty Member and Chair

Joscha Legewie, Faculty Member

Lisa Albert, Staff Member

Jess Viator, Staff Member

Ohjae Gowen, PhD Student Member

Yinan Wang, PhD Student Member

Diversity and Inclusion Resources at Harvard

There is a broad set of diversity and inclusion resources available to members of the Harvard community. Below, we offer a partial list of those resources, including people, organizations, and links.

Current Graduate Students:

If you are a prospective graduate student and are interested in discussing diversity and inclusion topics with a current Sociology graduate student, you can feel free to reach out to the following students:

Leah Gose 
Ohjae Gowen
Yinan Wang

Additional People Involved with Diversity and Inclusion at Harvard:

Sheila Thomas, Dean for Academic Programs and Diversity
617-495-5315, sthomas@fas.harvard.edu

Sherri Charleston, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
617-496-9678, dib@harvard.edu

Sheree Ohen, Inaugural Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging
617-496-0661, sheree_ohen@harvard.edu


Smooth Transitions, Minority Student Handbook

Diversity at GSAS

Family Resources, Policies and Resources for GSAS Families

University Disability Resources

International Student Resources


Office for Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

GSAS Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs

GSAS W.E.B. Du Bois Graduate Society

GSAS Latinx Student Association

GSAS LGBTQ Student Site

Accessible Education Office

Harvard International Office