On April 11, Harvard College hosted the inaugural Diversity, (In)Equity, and Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference to 100+ attendees. The purpose of the conference was to bridge both academic and cocurricular learning by giving students a space to have critical conversations about research with their peers at Harvard and beyond. The conference recognized research on populations and perspectives that are sometimes ignored, overlooked, or discounted in the academy.
The symposium featured a keynote speech by alumnus and Professor of Education and Director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Nien-chu Kiang (江念祖). There were also 40 research presentations by students from Harvard and 16 other institutions. The conference was welcomed by faculty, staff, and students who are not given an opportunity to explore these topics within the normal confines of the academy. Seven students were recognized for their research and awarded prizes.
This conference was co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Harvard College, the Office of Student Life, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, Phillips Brooks House, Office of BGLTQ Student Life, Harvard College Women’s Center, The Office of Undergraduate Education; Harvard Graduate School of Education; The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships; FAS Standing Committee on Public Service; Advising Matters – Advising Programs Office.