Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) is committed to building and improving a culture that embraces and exemplifies diversity and inclusion. In 2017, Dean Doyle appointed a standing committee on diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Members of this committee include faculty, staff, students, and postdoctoral researchers.

The SEAS Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging is currently leading a strategic planning process to develop additional strategies, initiatives, and programs to ensure all individuals have the opportunity to benefit from and contribute to the mission and values of SEAS. The objectives of the committee are to increase the recruitment of a diverse pool of faculty, students, postdoctoral researchers, and staff including underrepresented minorities and females; provide the academic and professional support that contributes to a culture of inclusive excellence; engage all members of the SEAS community in celebrating diversity, inclusion, and belonging as a core value of SEAS; build stronger relationships with the Boston and Cambridge communities through outreach and service; and establish accountability measures that assess campus climate, effectiveness of programs/initiatives, and provides greater transparency to the SEAS community.

The committee consists of five subcommittees that will address the following priority areas:

1. Recruitment and Access

2. Community Engagement

3. Retention and Success

4. Assessment and Tracking

5. Outreach to the Broader External Community

You can click the links above to learn more about each subcommittee. We welcome all members of the SEAS community to get involved. Please visit the Committee Membership page to get more information.


SEAS diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives are also supported by the Computer Science Diversity committee. It was founded in 2016 and works to increase recruitment and retention of women and underrepresented minorities in computing.