Harvard Hears You: Summit for Gender Equity

April 2, 2019

 
 

Daytime Event

10:00am-3:00pm
Richard A. and Susan F.
Smith Campus Center
(no ticket required)

Evening Event

7:30pm-9:00pm
Doors open at 7:00pm
Memorial Church
(ticket required)
 
 
  • Jess Weiner

    Featured Event:

    Opening Keynote: Jess Weiner

  • Legal Perspectives

    Featured Event:

    Legal Perspectives in Gender Equality with Kendra Albert, D Dangaran, & Sandra Levitsky

  • LGBTQ Inclusion

    Featured Event:

    A Conversation on LGBTQ Inclusion with Jessica Halem, Noelle Lopez, Sheehan Scarborough, & Andrew Westover

  • Organizational Approaches

    Featured Event:

    Organizational Approaches to Ending Gender Inequality with Iris Bohnet, Naisha Bradley, Frank Dobbin, Sharyn Potter, & Alexis Stokes

  • Data and Student Voices

    Featured Event:

    How Data and Student Voices Drive Change with Rachel DiBella, Kacey Gill, Kathleen McGinn, Nicole Merhill, & John Wilson

  • Evening Keynote

    Featured Event:

    Evening Keynote with Laverne Cox, Nicolette Mason, Christian Siriano, & Jess Weiner

About

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Harvard University Title IX Office are proud to announce Harvard Hears You: The 2019 Summit for Gender Equity, which will take place on April 2, 2019. Please save the date for this University-wide event, which will include two exciting events as part of the launch of the University’s Student Survey on Sexual Assault & Misconduct

The daytime portion of the Summit, open to all Harvard community members, will include events at the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center. The day will bring together experts in our community: students, faculty, and staff, as well as invited guests to present in a variety of formats including on-stage interviews, performances and panel presentations. Candid discussions about key issues in the current climate, including gender discrimination on university campuses, due process, and intersectional approaches to equity will be encouraged. This Summit will begin a necessary dialogue, strengthened by lessons learned here and elsewhere, as Harvard strives to be a harassment-free community.  The evening will feature a special guest panel at Memorial Church, and will include important discussion on gender equity and gender stereotyping across industries, popular culture, advertising, and consumerism.

Attendance to daytime and evening portions of the Summit is free. Additional information on panels, speakers, and performers will continue to be updated.

Please note: Tickets are required for 7:30 p.m event in Memorial Church. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Harvard ID only. Limit of 2 per person. Available in person starting at noon on Tuesday, March 26th at the Harvard Box Office located in the Smith Campus Center. Tickets also available on the Longwood Campus at the Office for Student Services, Kresge G-4.

For accessibility needs or accommodations, email titleix@harvard.edu.

 
 

Agenda

10:00-10:40 | Welcome & Opening Remarks: Larry Bacow & Michèle Lamont

Harvard Hears You: The 2019 Summit for Gender Equity welcomes members of the Harvard community to open the day with remarks from Undergraduate Council President, Sruthi Palaniappan, and Vice President, Julia Huesa.

In setting a frame and intentions for the day, opening remarks will also introduce and welcome Harvard University President, Lawrence S. Bacow, to speak about the roles each of us can play in advancing gender equity in the Harvard community.

Opening remarks will culminate with an introduction to the morning keynote by Michèle Lamont, Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She served as the 108th President of the American Sociological Association in 2016-2017 and she chaired the Council for European Studies from 2006-2009. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Erasmus prize for her contributions to the social sciences in Europe and the rest of the world.

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10:40-11:10 | Opening Keynote: Jess Weiner

Jess Weiner is a cultural expert focusing on the intersection of business, social change and inclusivity. She’s the CEO of Talk to Jess, a consultancy that works with Fortune 500 companies to help them better reflect people in their media, marketing, and advertising. Her work focuses on the cultural and generational differences impacting consumer behavior and relationships with brands. Her insights were key to the development and launch of two culture shifting moments. In 2006, she helped launch Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty and ignited a national conversation around beauty, body esteem and the industry’s promotion of unattainable ideals.

A decade later in 2016, Jess again disrupted social norms, this time as a part of the team at Mattel who helped to change Barbie's body, introducing 4 new body types, 7 new skin tones, 22 hair styles and 24 eye colors.

Her roster of clients and partners span across industries including: Amgen, Disney, Aerie, Netflix, Warner Brothers, Google, Amazon, and she served on The White House Council for Women and Girls, under the Obama administration. Jess is an adjunct professor at USC in the Annenberg School of Journalism, an acclaimed author, and was recently named by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in Business in the areas of Diversity and Education.

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11:10-11:30 | Student Performance: Najya Williams '20

Najya Williams is an undergraduate at Harvard College. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Najya aims to pursue a career in Pediatric and Neonatal Medicine. A youth advocate and social activist, Najya has committed to participating in numerous poetry and spoken word driven events to shed light on issues present in her community that many consider taboo. She was recently recognized by The Harvard Foundation and The Black Men’s Forum for the work she has cultivated and continues to maintain within the Black community on Harvard’s campus. Najya looks ahead to continue making a difference in not only her community, but the nation as a whole, one word at a time.

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11:30-12:15 | Legal Perspectives in Gender Equity

What role does the legal system play in the lived experiences of those grappling with gender and sexual harassment in universities? How should we think about the various ways universities respond to the law? How can individuals be better informed about the options available to their community, as they respond to those responses? This panel will explore these questions and more as experts from diverse perspectives discuss the law as it pertains to gender equity in the university.

Panelists:

  • Sandra Levitsky is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Sociology and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Sociology Department of the University of Michigan. Dr. Levitsky’s research lies at the intersection of sociology of law, political sociology, and social movements. She is currently working on a study funded by the National Science Foundation that examines how colleges and universities are responding to legal, political, media, and activist pressure to better prevent and respond to sexual misconduct on campus.
  • Kendra Albert is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and a Clinical Instructional Fellow at the Cyberlaw Clinic. Their formal research focuses on the impact of the legal system on transgender people, whereas their activist work gives communities tools for dealing with sexual and gender-based harassment outside of formal legal contexts.

Moderator:

  • D Dangaran is a 2L at Harvard Law School. They are currently an Articles Editor for the Harvard Law Review, for which they will publish a short Recent Case analysis arguing for the use of restorative justice for sexual offenses.

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12:15-12:30 | Student Performance: The Kuumba Singers of Harvard College

Kuumba was founded in 1970 by Dennis Wiley and Fred Lucas, two African American undergraduates of the Harvard class of 1972. In an era of “Black Power” and Black pride, immediately following the 1968 assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1969 Harvard Strike, the choir emerged as a source of community, spiritual inspiration, political motivation and cultural stimulation among the small but growing number of Black students at Harvard. Inspired by the History of Black Music class taught by Professor Hubert Walters in the spring of 1970, the choir concept was conceived that summer as an outgrowth of a project on Black music conducted by Dennis and Fred and supported by the newly established Department of African and African American Studies and African American Cultural Center... (read more)

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12:30-1:15 | A Conversation on LGBTQ Inclusion

Whether in the microcosm of the university classroom, in the academy more broadly or beyond the walls of educational institutions, an intentional focus towards LGBTQ inclusion is necessary. This panel brings experts from across Harvard University together to discuss best practices and lessons learned throughout their years of experience.

Panelists:

  • Noelle Lopez serves as the Learning Lab Fellow for Ethics & Critical Engagement at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University. Dr. Lopez collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and administrators to support pedagogical effectiveness and innovation, especially in response to inequities in the classroom and in courses featuring ethical or community-engaged components.
  • Sheehan Scarborough is the Director of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard College. Sheehan oversees the work of the Office and is responsible for developing the strategic vision for supporting BGLTQ students at Harvard College. In addition, Sheehan represents BGLTQ student views to the administration and works to enhance the College community's awareness of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender issues.
  • Jessica Halem serves as the LGBTQ Outreach and Engagement Director for the recently launched Sexual and Gender Minorities Health Equity Initiative at Harvard Medical School. With over twenty years of experience in equity work in both nonprofit and education settings, Jessica has led efforts to improve recruitment and retention, amplified voices of women and minority students, faculty and staff, and implemented critical programs and policies. Her team’s collaborative efforts resulted in growing First-Year class matriculation of those who self-identify as LGBTQ from 4% to 11%.

Moderator:

  • Andrew An Westover is a Ph.D. Candidate in Education at Harvard University. An ethicist who focuses on teacher-student relationships, Andrew's interdisciplinary research draws, in part, from over a decade of advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion in cultural spaces. His work is supported by fellowships at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and he currently serves as the inaugural GSAS ODMA LGBTQ-focused Diversity and Inclusion Fellow.

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1:15-2:00 | Organizational Approaches to Ending Gender Inequality

With expertise spanning a range of disciplines, this session draws from leaders in the field throughout Harvard University. This panel will examine gender inequality from an organizational perspective and offer insight into ending discriminatory practices.

Panelists:

  • Naisha Bradley serves as the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. In this inaugural position, Bradley collaborates with faculty to expand and deepen discussions that value difference, partners with student groups committed to diversity and inclusion at the GSD and helps to identify policies and practices that would lead to creating a more supportive campus climate with an increase of hiring, promotion, and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty and staff. Bradley speaks globally about topics related to women’s advancement and diversity in leadership.
  • Frank Dobbin is a Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and the Director of SCANCOR/Weatherhead Initiative in International Organizational Studies. Dr. Dobbin studies organizations, inequality, economic behavior and public policy.
  • Iris Bohnet is the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, the co-director of the Women and Public Policy Program, and the Academic Dean of Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Bohnet is a behavioral economist, combining insights from economics and psychology to improve decision-making in organizations and society, often with a gender or cross-cultural perspective.
  • Sharyn Potter is a Professor of Sociology and the Co-founder and Executive Director of Research at the Prevention Innovations Research Center: Ending Sexual and Relationship Violence and Stalking at the University of New Hampshire. She is also the Co-founder and Vice-President of Research of Soteria Solutions. Professor Potter is a global leader on the social scientific development and evaluation of bystander intervention strategies.

Moderator:

  • Alexis Stokes is the Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Harvard University’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Dr. Stokes’ “Listening Tour” throughout SEAS produced a summary report of strengths, challenges, and opportunities as it pertains to making the community a more diverse and inclusive place for students, faculty, staff and researchers.

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2:00-2:50 | How Data and Student Voices Drive Change

Garnering data from a community is merely the first step in driving effective change. How can institutions harness the power of student voices towards a more equitable community? With the Association of American Universities Survey release, this panel will explore what happens after our community has spoken.

Panelists:

  • Kathleen L. McGinn is the Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Strategy and Recruiting at Harvard Business School. Professor McGinn studies the role of gender and social class at work, at home, and in negotiations. Professor McGinn is the Chair of Harvard University’s AAU Steering Committee.
  • Nicole Merhill is the Title IX Officer at Harvard University. Nicole joined the Harvard Title IX Office in 2016 and has more than 15 years of civil rights experience in various protected class statuses, including sex, race, color, national origin, disability, and age. Nicole is a member of the Steering Committee for the 2019 Harvard Student Survey on Sexual Assault & Misconduct, oversees the University’s Title IX efforts, and is partnering with Deputy Provost Peggy Newell in representing Harvard, a Sponsoring Member, of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Action Collaborative.
  • Kacey Gill is a Harvard College Junior, and the President of the Association of Black Harvard Women and Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations Intern.
  • John Wilson serves as the Senior Adviser and Strategist to the President of Harvard University and leads the University’s Inclusion and Belonging efforts. Dr. Wilson is the former president of Morehouse College, former head of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the former Senior Administrator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Moderator:

  • Rachel DiBella is the Title IX Education Program Manager at Harvard University. Rachel is an independently licensed social worker and part-time faculty in the Boston College School of Social Work. Rachel spearheads the student, staff, and faculty Title IX liaison committees and leads student feedback and assessment efforts of all University Title IX Programming.

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2:50-3:00 | Closing & Evening Keynote Preview: Peggy Newell

Peggy Newell, Harvard University Deputy Provost, will close the daytime portion of the Summit for Gender Equity with remarks and a preview of the evening event featuring Emmy Award-winning actress, Laverne Cox.

Deputy Provost Newell joined Harvard’s Office of the President and Provost in November 2012 as Deputy Provost. She is responsible for strategic and tactical planning and management of all provost area activities, as well as advising the Provost on a wide array of administrative matters requiring executive decision-making. She works closely with the University Development Office to assure that academic priorities drive fundraising. With the Executive Vice President, she works to plan for development of space for academic expansion in Allston. She created and directs the Provost’s Academic Leadership Forum, a program that helps to develop leadership potential in faculty members selected from across Harvard’s schools.

In addition, Peggy oversees the Title IX Office, the budgets and financial management of all Provost’s offices and activities, and the Associate Provosts for Arts and Culture, Institutional Research, and Social Sciences & the Professions. She works closely with the Harvard Library, serves as co-chair of the University Risk Management Committee and is a member of the Harvard University Information Security Oversight Committee.  She represents Harvard on the Executive Committee of HUBWeek, a collaboration led by Harvard, MIT, MGH, and the Boston Globe to promote and celebrate Boston as an innovation hub.

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7:30-9:00 | Gender, Power, and Culture: A Conversation with Laverne Cox, Nicolette Mason, Christian Siriano, & Jess Weiner

This evening event, set in Memorial Church and featuring a panel of renowned guests, will involve a ground-breaking discussion on gender equity, breaking through the gender binary, and challenging gender stereotypes in popular culture, industry, and beyond. Join Laverne Cox, Nicolette Mason, Christian Siriano, and Jess Weiner for this exciting panel.

Note: Admission to the evening event is free. Tickets required. Harvard ID only. Limit of 2 per person. Available in person starting at noon on Tuesday, March 26th at the Harvard Box Office located in the Smith Campus Center .

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Speakers & Performers

Kendra Albert

Kendra Albert

Clinical Instructional Fellow at the Cyberlaw Clinic

 

Larry Bacow

Larry Bacow

President of Harvard University

 

Jason Beckfield

Jason Beckfield

Professor of Sociology

 

Iris Bohnet

Iris Bohnet

Academic Dean of Harvard Kennedy School;
Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government

 

Naisha Bradley

Naisha Bradley

Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Caysie Carter

Caysie Carter

Associate Title IX Officer

D Dangaran

D Dangaran

Harvard Law School Class of 2020

 

Rachel DiBella

Rachel DiBella

Title IX Education Program Manager

Frank Dobbin

Frank Dobbin

Professor of Sociology

 

 

Alan Garber

Alan Garber

Provost of Harvard University
 

Kacey Gill

Kacey Gill

Harvard College Class of 2020

Jessica Halem

Jessica Halem

LGBT Program Director for Harvard Medical School

 

Evelynn Hammonds

Evelynn Hammonds

Chair, Department of the History of Science; Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science; Professor of African and African American Studies

 

Julia Huesa

Julia Huesa

Harvard College Class of 2020

Siobhan Kelly Photo

Siobhan Kelly

PhD Candidate, Religion, Gender and Culture

Rakesh Khurana

Rakesh Khurana

Dean of Harvard College

 

Alexandra Killewald

Alexandra Killewald

Professor of Sociology;
Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology Department

 

The Kuumba Singers of Harvard College

The Kuumba Singers of Harvard College

Michele Lamont

Michèle Lamont

Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies; Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies

Sandra Levitsky

Sandra Levitsky

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology (University of Michigan)

 

Noelle Lopez

Noelle Lopez

Learning Lab Fellow for Ethics & Critical Engagement, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Kathleen McGinn

Kathleen McGinn

Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration;
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Strategy and Recruiting

 

Nicole Merhill

Nicole Merhill

Title IX Officer

 

Peggy Newell

Peggy Newell

Deputy Provost

 

Sruthi Palaniappan

Sruthi Palaniappan

Harvard College Class of 2020

Sharyn Potter

Sharyn Potter

Professor of Sociology

Sheehan Scarborough

Sheehan Scarborough

Director of the Harvard College Office of BGLTQ Student Life

 

Alexis Stokes

Alexis Stokes

Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Andrew Westover

Andrew Westover

LGBTQ-focused Diversity and Inclusion Fellow, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs

 

Najya Williams

Najya Williams

Harvard College Class of 2020

 

John Wilson

John Wilson

Senior Advisor and Strategist to the President