Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging


RSEA Statement of Values

All members of the RSEA Program – students, faculty, and staff – are a vital part of our community and are valued as unique individuals with the right to learn and work to their full potential.

RSEA students have diverse profiles and come from across the United States and around the world; many have lived or studied in countries of East Asia. Each student provides a valuable and enriching perspective to our community. RSEA is committed to actively creating a welcoming and inclusive space in which each of its members can thrive.

The RSEA program condemns discrimination and harassment of all types and adheres to Harvard University’s non-discrimination policies for students and employees, as well as Harvard University’s policy on sexual and gender-based harassment.

We are particularly dismayed by incidences of anti-Black and anti-Asian racist violence. We condemn racism in all its forms and have a responsibility to address inequities in our academic and local communities. As a program dedicated to research that furthers understanding and cooperation, we envision a better future. To actively work against racism and its nefarious effects is part of the mission of the RSEA program.

Civil discourse is essential for academic inquiry and understanding. Open discussion that is frank and respectful leads to a better understanding of academic materials and a clearer understanding of each other’s ideas.

All members of the RSEA community shall be treated with respect and are expected to treat others with respect.

You are welcome here. You belong here.

RSEA Commitments

  • RSEA is committed to building a welcoming, diverse, safe, inclusive, supportive, and productive community.
  • RSEA provides all students with an orientation to Harvard University values and resources. RSEA arranges workshops, such as bystander training, and encourages students to access university resources related to diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • RSEA staff participate in university trainings and initiatives to enhance diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • RSEA students and Harvard faculty share a capacity for rigorous, scholarly exploration of the East Asian region in all its richness and complexity.
  • RSEA encourages academic differences to be discussed without malice or personal judgement towards the other party.
  • RSEA encourages students to engage in student groups and activities with peers and scholars from different academic disciplines and diverse backgrounds.
  • RSEA students were founding members of Harvard GSAS Women in Social Sciences and Humanities (HGWISSH) and help to build community by taking part in affinity groups and events offered by GSAS.


Harvard Policies

Harvard University, in accordance with State and Federal law, prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.

Harvard University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment in which no member of the University community is, on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any University program or activity.

Every member of the community should be aware that the University prohibits sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation, and that such behavior violates both law and University policy.

Harvard Land Acknowledgement

Harvard University is situated on the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Massachusett people. Our university honors the historic Harvard Charter of 1650, which committed our institution to “the education of English and Indian youth of this country.” As a chartered creation of the Massachusetts colonies and Commonwealth, Harvard evolved alongside the persistence of the Massachusett, Nipmuck, and Wampanoag Nations. More information can be found at the Harvard University Native American Program.

DIB Resources

These resources may be of assistance to you. Please feel free to send suggestions of additional resources to rsea@fas.harvard.edu

Harvard Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging: https://dib.harvard.edu/resources

Diversity at GSAS: https://gsas.harvard.edu/diversity-gsas

Dept. of EALC Statement on Asian and AAPI COVID-19 Related Harassment and Resources: https://ealc.fas.harvard.edu/news/resources-asian-and-aapi-students-experiencing-covid-19-related-harassment

GSAS Title IX Resource Coordinator     Danielle Farrell farrell@fas.harvard.edu  Phone: 617-495-1326

Harvard Chaplains https://chaplains.harvard.edu/   Email: chaplains@harvard.edu  Phone: 617-495-5529

Harvard University Health Services https://huhs.harvard.edu/    Smith Campus Center, 4th Floor, Phone: 617-495-2042

Harvard University Police Department https://www.hupd.harvard.edu/  URGENT matters phone: 617-495-1212,   Business matters phone: 617-495-1215

Office for Dispute Resolution https://odr.harvard.edu/   Email: odr@harvard.edu    Phone: 617-495-3786

Office for Gender Equity (formerly OSAPR and Title IX Offices) https://titleix.harvard.edu/oge

Office for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR) https://osapr.harvard.edu/   Email: osapr@fas.harvard.edu  Phone: 617-496-5636; 24-hour Hotline: 617-495-9100

One Queer Harvard  - an initiative for all LGBTQIA+ Harvard affiliates, coordinating among leadership of queer groups across Harvard and advocating on behalf of the queer community.  Email: onequeerharvard@gmail.com

Trans Task Force (TTF) - a community that centers trans and gender non-conforming people. Email: transtaskforce@gmail.com

Undocumented at Harvard https://undocumented.harvard.edu/    Resources and information for undocumented members of the Harvard University community

University Disability Resources https://accessibility.harvard.edu/   Email: disabilityservices@harvard.edu    Phone: 617-495-1859