Inclusivity isn’t a goal. It’s a journey.
As the semester winds down, we acknowledge the various ways in which the past year has been trying. A global pandemic; ongoing, systemic racial injustice; and political extremism have tested our sense of community, as well as our individual wellbeing. These crises have brought into sharper relief both the inequities and the resiliencies distributed among our faculty, students, and staff. From faculty struggling to balance childcare with new modalities of online teaching, to remote students seeking reliable devices and stable wifi signals, this year has given us vivid examples of the invisible labor that even in the best of times can make a Harvard education seem barely sustainable.
Before we consign this longest of years to the history books, we would like to invite the Harvard community to take stock of our ongoing journey to create a culture of teaching and learning in which every instructor and every student feels seen, heard, and supported in our classrooms. Please join us for our first-ever Inclusive Teaching Week this May 10–14.