Harvard Culture Lab Operates 14 Diversity and Inclusion Grant Projects | New

Harvard’s Culture Lab Innovation Fund has awarded grants to 14 teams working on projects to promote diversity and inclusion on the Harvard campus, the university announced last month.

Launched in 2019 as a joint initiative between the President’s Office and the University’s Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, the Innovation Fund provides grants up to ‘to $ 15,000 for initiatives that “advance a culture of belonging” on campus, according to the OEDIB website.

This year’s grant cycle offered application tracks on racial justice, mental health, and community rebuilding, although applicants could also choose a topic of their choice.

The 14 chosen initiatives, publicly announced by Harvard on Nov. 16, include standardizing pronoun data for Harvard affiliates, reducing stress for black students and staff through music, and implementing programs. of breed-conscious studies at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

In an emailed statement, Sherri A. Charleston, head of diversity and inclusion, said the Culture Lab – which has received nearly 100 applications this year – is eager to support the projects.

“The 14 project teams who received funding to pilot their ideas represent a shared commitment by university leadership and members of the Harvard community to promote a culture of equity, inclusion and belonging.” , wrote Charleston.

The grant recipients, who learned of their selection last summer, were able to use Harvard funding to begin implementation of their projects.

One of the proposals selected, called Peer Coaching Initiative, aims to equip students with the tools to help and listen to each other effectively.

Marc O. Roudebush, a lecturer at the Graduate School of Education that is leading the project, said the initiative can help address the mental health issues of the student body.

“What peer coaching does, which I think could be useful in this context, is that it gives people the experience of being very open, honest, and confident when talking to someone. par of their aspirations and their difficulties, ”said Roudebush.

Roudebush said he and his team had an “excellent” grant application experience and that writing their application helped them further develop their idea, which is currently being tested at the TH Chan School of Public Health.

“It made us really think, ‘How is this relevant for inclusion, equity and belonging? “How is this relevant for mental health?” Said Roudebush.

Another project beneficiary, Pronoun Data, is working to centralize Harvard affiliate pronoun data to help affiliates address each other with respect.

“People asked for it to show Harvard’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging,” said Carolyn M. Emberley, project manager, who is associate director of identity and identity management services. Harvard access. “So where we see it is being able to deliver the data to a bunch of different places. “

The Harm to Harmony Project, which also received a grant this year, seeks to promote the philosophy of restorative justice – which promotes reconciliation and rehabilitation – to remedy cases of prejudice on campus.

Bonnie M. Talbert, co-lead of the Harm to Harmony project, a senior lecturer in social studies, wrote in an email that she enjoyed collaborating with her colleagues on the grant proposal during the pandemic.

“Even though there was a lot of uncertainty when planning a project during a pandemic, it was really good to be able to keep going through the inevitable setbacks and logistical hurdles we faced,” Talbert wrote.

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