Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

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    HSDM Diversity Fellows

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging promotes increased recruitment, retention, and advancement of underrepresented minority students and faculty at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. The Office, led in the interim by Dr. Brian Swann, seeks to emulate the Harvard tradition of excellence in education, science, and public health by supporting a well-trained faculty, while creating oral health leaders reflecting the larger community that we serve.


  • Foster an environment that is comfortable and welcoming to all members of the community
  • Provide support for a diverse population
  • Develop a recruitment strategy to increase enrollment of students from underrepresented minority groups
  • Develop and implement a plan to recruit faculty from underrepresented minority groups
  • Enhance and develop curricula that address issues of diversity, cross-cultural care, and sensitivity


The HSDM Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging partners with several offices at Harvard Medical School, including the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership and Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs.


Perspectives of Change website link

Perspectives of Change: The story of civil rights, diversity, inclusion and access to education at HMS and HSDM explores the history of Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) diversity, inclusion and belonging for students of color and other underrepresented groups. The exhibit highlights stories of trailblazing students, faculty, trainees, and health leaders from the 19th century through today. Recorded interviews and a review of historical resources place the exhibit in a broad context as it captures themes of inequity, injustice, and health disparities, locally and nationally while  simultaneously depicting gains that have been made and directions for the future.

Perspectives of Change: The story of civil rights, diversity, inclusion and access to education at HMS and HSDM includes an oral history project and crowd-sourced collection of stories, images, and videos related to the historic and ongoing efforts to advance diversity and inclusion at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and their affiliates.