STUDENT GROUPSCarmen Sivakumaren Graduation

"By balancing personal/professional development and networking events with social gatherings and outreach efforts, MBSH provides a welcoming and enriching environment to a diverse population of students."

- Carmen Sivakumaren (BBS)


Minority Biomedical Students at Harvard (MBSH) is a student group dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in the life sciences community at Harvard.

Underrepresented Students of Neuroscience.  USN seeks to provide community support for students who are underrepresented minorities or who come from underrepresented/non-academic backgrounds. 

W. E. B. Du Bois Graduate Society is an organization of GSAS students and others devoted to addressing minority issues.

The Multicultural Student Alliance is comprised of six minority student health-related organizations. It implements programs and addresses issues that have an impact on current and prospective students in programs based at Harvard Medical School.

AEO Student Groups. Disability Alliance: Creating a community for disabled students at Harvard. Deaf Awareness Club: Advocating for understanding of Deaf Culture at Harvard through educational events and working with the local Deaf Community. RSI Action: Providing preventative education, advocacy, and support for students experiencing repetitive strain injury. 

Harvard Native American Program brings together Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students and interested individuals from the Harvard community for the purpose of advancing the well-being of indigenous peoples through self-determination, academic achievement, and community service.

LGBTQ@GSAS provides a community and safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer graduate students.

Harvard GSAS Latinx Student Association is an interdisciplinary organization committed to building community and providing intellectual and social support among students currently enrolled in graduate programs at Harvard University.

The Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (HGWISE)  is committed to enhancing the personal, academic, and professional development of women in science, social science, and engineering at Harvard University.

Additional Student Groups are listed on the GSAS Diversity Student Groups page.


GSAS Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (EDIB). The mission of the Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs is to recruit and mentor a community of scholars that reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of our society and to this end, our office serves the needs of the community through social, professional development and academic activities, and advising. We’re also committed to expanding the pool of talented students who apply to graduate school through the development of programs for future applicants.

  • GSAS Diversity and Inclusion Fellows. GSAS created two positions for graduate students as Diversity and Inclusion Fellows. The Fellows have the opportunity to make significant contributions to supporting underrepresented students at Harvard, and to participating in recruiting and outreach to underrepresented undergraduates.  The program has been so successful that GAS is adding a third Fellow to represent students in the LGBTQ community.
  • Perspectives a brochure for minority students considering GSAS programs at Harvard

HMS Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership. The mission of the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP) is to advance diversity inclusion in health, biomedical, behavioral, and STEM fields that builds individual and institutional capacity to achieve excellence, foster innovation, and ensure equity in health locally, nationally, and globally.

Office for Gender Equity. The Title IX Office is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment that is free from sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct. Our office supports the entire Harvard community in a neutral role, meaning that all members of the University community can access our resources.

University Disability Services (UDS) welcomes students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities. UDS provides leadership to University efforts to ensure an accessible, welcoming working and learning environment for individuals with disabilities while ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations.

Accessible Education Office. The Accessible Education Office (AEO) partners with GSAS students with visible and invisible disabilities to identify barriers and implement plans for access. Through collaboration with the campus community, we foster an environment of equity and inclusion.


Summer Institute
The Summer Institute is an optional program offered to students from underrepresented groups across Harvard. Activities include panel discussions by senior graduate students about topics such as transition to graduate school, navigating Harvard, being a 1st generation student, managing familial pressures, being the outsider in your home community, and the imposter syndrome. Participating students engage in a paper reading boot camp that exposes them to the type of discussion classes they will see in their first year. Additional workshops cover topics such as mentoring up, choosing rotations, and experimental design.  The Summer Institute also leverages existing programs such as the MATLAB boot camp to bring students from multiple programs together to help them learn statistics and programming. 

Culture and Community Workshop
All first year students particpate in a 2.5 hour Culture and Community Workshop during the DMS Orientation in late August. The goal of the DMS Culture and Community Workshop - organized by the GSAS Diversity and Inclusion Fellows and facilitated by DMS graduate students  - is to equip incoming DMS students with the tools to establish and sustain an inclusive culture and community across DMS and in their individual programs through dynamic and in-depth discussions and activities.

2020 Student Facilitators:  Gabriel Alberts, Sabrina Bacero, Sarah Bier, Kelcee Everette, Makda Gebre, Bettine Gibbs, Stanley Gill, Lillian Horin, Daniel Kassler, Patrick Loi, Krissy Lyon, Malinda McPherson, Aparna Nathan,  Talia Hart

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Additional Readings and Videos

Harvard Office for Diversity Inclusion and Belonging: Combating Anti-Black Racism Resource Guide

Tips on Allyship

Culturally aware mentorship (CAM) is an innovative initiative launched through NRMN to enhance mentors’ and trainees’ ability to effectively address cultural diversity matters in their research mentoring relationships. The CAM initiative and approach are supported by evidence which indicates that broader participation of culturally diverse groups enhances the quality of research and practice in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences.

ShutdownStem Resources

Implicit Bias

Online Course on Implicit Bias from NRMN

A Reading List on Issues of Race. We've highlighted a few here:

  • Ibram X Kendi - How to be an Antiracist
  • Robin DiAngelo - White Fragility
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki

Ties between Black Lives Matter and Immigrant Rights

DACA Resources at Harvard

Diversity & Inclusion at GSAS Videos: Meet the Diversity and Inclusion Fellows
    Part I
    Part II
    Part III

SACNAS Keynote Speaker  (DMS Alumna - Knatokie Ford, PhD: 2017)