Diversity

SEAS is committed to supporting and increasing diversity

We are committed to supporting and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds, countries, and cultures. Doing so gives us the ability to readily adapt, the creativity to come up with fresh ideas, the openness to connect with others, and the willingness to share knowledge and our excitement about pursuing it.

Staff

Over the past year, SEAS’ female representation in the workforce increased from 49.7% to 51.9%. Our minority population grew from 23.6% to 25.4%.  Thanks to a revitalized Human Resources Office, SEAS has taken several positive steps to further increase the diversity of the staff.

  • SEAS was one of only a few schools at Harvard to select two Fellows in the University’s Administrative Fellowship program; the chosen candidates remain at SEAS after the completion of the program.
  • SEAS’ Joint Council comprises representatives from the management and members of the HUCTW.
  • SEAS funds a student in the HUCTW School to Work program each year, which allows a student from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School to work after school in one of SEAS’ administrative offices.
  • SEAS participates in the University’s Job Shadow program; students from local high schools accompany SEAS employees during a work day.

Faculty & Researchers

Over the past decade, SEAS has made steady progress toward increasing faculty diversity. The percentage of tenured Asian faculty members has risen from 7% to 22% and non-tenured Asian faculty has risen from 15% to 38%. While the number of tenured minority faculty has remained zero, progress has been made with non-tenured minority faculty, with an increase from 0% to 13%. Women now comprise 19% of non-tenured positions and 13% of tenured positions.

Since becoming a school, SEAS has enhanced its recruitment efforts through the evolving area dean structure, allowing area deans (faculty leaders representing intellectual faculty groupings) to closely monitor the planning and implementation of searches. This complements the FAS guideline that enables the dean of SEAS to review individual search diversity goals at specific benchmarks, such as when a committee is prepared to invite tenure-track search short list candidates for campus visits.

SEAS works closely with the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and the FAS Senior Advisor for Faculty Development and Diversity. In addition to taking advantage of their technical assistance, SEAS faculty and senior administrators participate on two different planning committees convened by the Senior Vice Provost, and have attended training opportunities on conducting broad and productive searches offered by both offices. SEAS also formalized a mentoring program to help better retain and attract talented, diverse faculty.

In addition to internal efforts, faculty at SEAS also benefit from being part of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Faculty Development and Diversity at FAS
This site provides information for current and prospective faculty, FAS administrators, and anyone interested in learning more about the career of a Harvard faculty member. We look at appointment, promotion, tenure, mentoring, faculty development in the areas of teaching, research, and service, as well as diversity and other related issues.

Students

Harvard is an extremely diverse, cosmopolitan, cultural community. At SEAS, about 30% of the undergraduate and graduate student populations are from outside of the United States and between 20-30% of students are women.

The College, University and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences provide extensive support for students from all walks of life and from all parts of the world.

Related efforts, such as the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Racial Relations, sponsor events for the entire Harvard University neighborhood, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Graduate Society caters to supporting ethnic groups among the gradaute student population.

SEAS Resources

Student-Based Groups

University Resources