During the closing ceremony, the Administrative Fellowship Program celebrated its 2018-19 class of fellows by presenting them with certificates of completion in Loeb House.
Administered by the Center for Workforce Development, AFP is a University-wide, year-long leadership development program. It provides talented professionals from underrepresented backgrounds an opportunity to build their management skills and work in a significant academic administrative role in the Harvard community. The program is now in its 30th year and emphasizes enhancing the fellows’ administrative and professional skills, growing their leadership capabilities, clarifying their career objectives, and promoting careers in higher education.
Created to address the ongoing underrepresentation of leaders of color at Harvard, AFP is widely regarded as one of the cornerstones of Harvard’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
“It really has been a model,” said Harvard Provost Alan Garber, who spoke at the ceremony and presented the fellows with their certificates. “We are in the talent business and this program has nurtured talent for a long time and it also is an important component of how we think about and how we address issues of diversity and inclusion and especially belonging.”
This academic year, AFP hosted 21 fellows, eight of whom were visiting fellows — meaning they were recruited from outside the University — and 13 of whom were resident fellows, who were identified by their respective departments at Harvard and selected by the fellowship program review committee.
Resident fellows were Mahlet Aklu, Michelle Cicerano, Ethel Falaise, Sandra Genere, Tracie Jones, Khanh Anh Le, Rebecca Martin, Amber Moore, Cristin Nelson, Daniel Scarver, Amanda Sharick, Ngoc Tran, and Youlim Yai. Visiting fellows were Sadé Abraham, Chelsea Doub, Joanne Kang, Daniel Lobo, Anne Valerie Imparato, Mitch Nakaue, Sara Rogers, and Juan Siliezar.
Their placements this year ranged from the libraries, offices, and Schools across the University.
At the ceremony, fellows who spoke on behalf of their cohort all remarked on the strong sense of community they found among cohort members and their shared experiences.
“Every AFP session has been simultaneously a sigh of relief and a breath of fresh air,” said Anne Valerie Imparato, a visiting fellow placed in the Office of Dispute Resolution. “Hearing my experiences reflected back to me, through the voices of the many brilliant and diverse professionals here at Harvard has made a world of difference to me personally and I know to many of the other visiting [and resident] fellows in our cohort.”
As part of the program, fellows attend seminars, group workshops, lectures, and case studies delivered by outside guests, school deans, vice presidents, major office directors, and faculty across the University. The program curriculum covers various aspects of higher education leadership and academic administration. In addition, the series also familiarizes the fellows with the day-to-day systems and operations within the Harvard environment and also allows fellows to discover University-wide resources and cultivate professional networks and contacts.