The HarvardWIT+ Chairs formed a Task Force on Diversity and Inclusivity in 2017 to develop actionable items towards recruiting, retaining and advancing people of diverse backgrounds in IT. We have amazing volunteers helping us manage our events, mentoring program, and other initiatives.
I joined Harvard in August 2017 as a fellow in the Administrative Fellowship Program. I currently serve as the Diversity and Inclusion Engagement Launch Senior Manager for the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Being a member of Women in Technology has allowed me to work with a dynamic group of women on a topic that is not only a passion of mine but central to my work at Harvard and the success of the Harvard community.
-- Alexis Stokes, Diversity and Inclusion Engagement Launch Senior Manager (SEAS Communications)
Back in college there were no words like "mansplaining" to explain what being a woman in IT would be like. After years and different experiences, learning about the WIT group and the Task Force was so encouraging that I decided it was time for me to do something about it and be part of the solution.
-- Judit Flo, Senior Systems Architect (SEAS)
I joined Harvard in June 2017. I work in the University Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging as a Project Manager. Prior to joining Harvard I worked at an organization dedicated to supporting women in their career development. I remain passionate about women’s issues and my time as a HarvardWIT member has been incredibly fulfilling. I have the privilege of engaging with passionate and driven women working in IT. Their passion for culture change is infectious and I am excited to be a part of this journey!”
-- Jainaba M. Seckan, Project Manager, Diversity & Inclusion (OPP)
I have been part of Harvard University for almost a decade, and have been part of departments like the Harvard International Office, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Central Administration’s Planning and Program Management team. I’m currently part of the Career Development and Talent Management team at the Center for Workplace Development and one of the chairs of the Committee on the Concerns of Women at Harvard. Both roles help me focus on the success of the underrepresented groups in the workforce. Being a part of the Women in Tech Diversity task force has helped me broaden my ability to help women succeed and thrive, in what is increasingly a challenging environment.
-- Surabhi Chatterjee, Talent Development Senior Program Coordinator (CWD HR)
I’ve been in Human Resources & Recruiting for my entire career, but never before has Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging been a higher priority. I joined Harvard Human Resources in 2014 and am part of the HR team working with HUIT, FAD and HUECU. I love having the opportunity to participate in efforts to increase female and minority employees in areas that have historically been less diverse. Within Human Resources we are constantly looking at the ways in which we attract and retain talent, and how we can be more inclusive in our process. Being part of WIT+ has given me an opportunity to work with incredible individuals who are passionate about impacting change, and are influencing others to do the same.
-- Angela Boudreau, Associate Director, Talent Acquisition (HUIT HR)