Campus Resources

NeuroDEI The HMS Neurobiology Departmental Committees on Diversity & Inclusion (DCDI) aim to institute concrete and permanent changes in the Department that will increase diversity at all levels of training, elevate and support diverse voices within our community, and create platforms that cultivate a sense of belonging and inclusion among department members, one that promotes inclusive excellence and allows everyone to thrive and succeed.

DMS Office for Diversity Programs works collaboratively with the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Medical School, as well as departments and individuals at the other Harvard schools to provide a wide range of programs and resources designed to foster a respectful, accessible, and inclusive environment where all members of the community can feel that they belong. 

GSAS Office of Diversity & Minority Affairs (ODMA) recruits and mentors a community of scholars that reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of our society and 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 & Inclusion Fellows support the efforts of the GSAS Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs (ODMA)​, help GSAS to identify needed areas of support, and work with student groups across GSAS.

HMS Office for Diversity Inclusion & Community Partnership (DICP) seeks 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.

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 (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.

Identity Support Groups & Workshops Harvard's Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) offers regular facilitated support groups and workshops for international students, students of color, and LGBTQ+ students, among other identity groups.

For New Students

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 first generation student, managing familial pressures, being the outsider in your home community, and imposter fears. 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 & 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.