Who We Are
The HarvardWIT Allies are a group of committed employees who do not identify as women, who strive to improve gender equality and overall inclusivity in the workplace. We welcome all gender identities.
What We Do
We work with HarvardWIT Group to raise awareness about workplace gender equity issues. Our activities include hosting discussions and events to actively support gender equality.
Why We Do It
We want to help foster an environment with a spirit of collaboration, fairness and trust by raising awareness of subtle and unconscious biases.
Isn't this a job for Human Resources?
Gender-based harassment incidents should be reported to human resources. The focus of the WIT Allies is to raise awareness of unconscious biases that play out every day.
Doesn't Harvard already do this?
Yes and no. Top-level organizational support for gender-equity and inclusivity has never been greater. However, it takes conscious effort to integrate this sense of fairness into daily workplace interactions.
A recent report from Bentley University pointed out that improved gender-equity in the workplace is far from a given. The report notes:
- “Many experts predicted that millennial men would naturally become allies for women in business, ushering in a new era of enlightened interpersonal relations. The current body of research should dispel any notion that millennial men see women as equals.” [emphasis added]
- A 2014 Harvard Business School MBA survey found that the attitude of millenial men ascending to top executive positions “may hinder — rather than advance — current efforts to reduce the discriminatory effects of gender bias.”
- McKinsey and Leanin.Org produced a 2016 study that found, at our current pace, “it will take more than 100 years for the upper reaches of U.S. corporations to achieve gender parity.”
How will this impact me?
As shown by research published by faculty from the MIT Sloan School of Management, Carnegie Mellon, and Union College, teams with gender diversity simply perform better.
As we become aware of our biases, communication opens up and workplaces are transformed. They become friendlier, more dynamic, and more innovative.
We encourage you to read the Bentley University research report titled: Men as Allies: Engaging Men to Advance Women in the Workplace.
Rajesh Mohan, Raman Prasad