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Community Conversations

The Community Conversations series was created June 2020 in response to cases of anti-Black racism, police brutality, and systemic inequality in our country. SEAS and the FAS Division of Science have partnered to create space for members of our community to discuss racial injustice and the strategies to address it as individuals, as well as an institution. In addition to these larger scale discussions, we will also facilitate smaller group conversations for our community. 

Allyship in the Scientific Enterprise: Performance or Progress? - October 6, 2020

SEAS and Boston University Graduate Medical Sciences hosted a panel on allyship in STEM, featuring nationally recognized faculty engaged in both STEM and diversity, equity, and inclusion scholarship as they discussed strategies to move from statements to actionable next steps in support of underrepresented students, faculty, researchers, and staff. Moderated by Dr. Alexis J Stokes, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Harvard SEAS and Farrah Belizaire, Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Boston University School of Medicine.


  • Dr. Tyrone Porter, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Myron L. Begeman Fellow in Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. Karina Gonzalez Herrera, Associate Director of Diversity and Minority Affairs, Division of Medical Sciences, Harvard University
  • Dr. W. Marcus Lambert, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life, Assistant Professor of Education Research in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Dr. Brooke Coley, Assistant Professor in Engineering, Polytechnic School of the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, Arizona State University

Celebrating the Legacy of Juneteenth - June 26, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Dimitry Anselme, Executive Program Director, Facing History and Ourselves

Two Pandemics - June 2, 2020

Community Conversations: Two Pandemics

SEAS and the FAS Division of Science hosted a virtual panel and Q&A to discuss racial injustice, dealing with racial trauma, and strategies for change. The panel was moderated by Dr. Alexis J. Stokes, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at SEAS.


  • Dr. Ande Durojaiye, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Northern Kentucky University
  • Dr. Evelynn Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
  • Dr. Tiffany Pogue, Assistant Professor of Education, Albany State University
  • Dr. Tracy Robinson-Wood, Professor of Applied Psychology, Bouve College of Health Science, Northeastern University

Books recommended by panelists:

1. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

2. Too Much Schooling, Too Little Education: A Paradox of Black Life in White Societies by Mwalimu Shujaa

3. Evidence of Things Not Seen by James Baldwin

4. Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire