In recent years, many institutions have hired a diversity officer and in some cases supported the opening of a fully staffed diversity office or center. As beneficial as this can be for our communities, we have learned that this alone will not “fix” the lack of diversity in academia. In this talk by Dr. Alexis Stokes, we will focus on the collaborative and intentional efforts of administration, faculty, students, staff, and researchers to create and sustain an environment were marginalized identities have access, can thrive, and feel welcomed academia.

This seminar is open to everyone interested!

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 12th, 2020, 6:30-8:30 PM

Location: Broad Institute (Olympus Room, 1st floor), 415 Main St., Cambridge, MA 02142

Appetizers and wine will be provided. Registration is required, sign-in upon arrival. Please arrive at least 10 minutes in advance to sign up.

No refunds will be issued.


Dr. Alexis J. Stokes is the Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). She has over 11 years of experience working with non-profit and higher education institutions. Throughout her career, she has worked to not only increase college and career access but also create systematic changes to support the success of underrepresented minorities, nontraditional students, and education programs in rural and urban areas. In her current role, she is responsible for working with various SEAS offices, including Faculty Affairs, Academic Programs, Human Resources, and the Senior Administrative Leadership Team, to develop and implement a diversity and inclusion plan, programming, engagement initiatives, and special projects. Alexis chairs the SEAS Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and serves as a member of the Harvard Women in Technology Taskforce on Diversity and Inclusion. Alexis has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana, a Master of Education in Community Counseling from the University of Georgia, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University.


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