Anti-Racism: Learning, Healing, and Taking Action

As a core part of our mission, the Dean of Students Office cultivates engagement, belonging, and respect.  


Within the Dean of Students Office - central administration, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Residential Life, and Student Engagement and Leadership, we will commit to becoming an active anti-racist organization. We began our work this summer, studying and curating the list of resources below, and will continue into the academic year and beyond. 

As our society reckons with our nation’s longstanding and persistent lethal and systemic racism, the deep-rooted and deadly violence committed by police and the implicit and explicit anti-Black bias that persists in our work and lives, we need to build a community of action and one embedded in learning.

We offer the following resources for all DSO staff or Harvard College community members who want to educate themselves about this complex and painful reality and how you can take action. These resources are sourced from Harvard College students, student organizations, DSO staff, and offices within the DSO. If you or your organization would like to list a resource, please send it to dso@fas.harvard.edu.

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Student Voices

“All of us, Black and otherwise, have the ability to be active and use our proximity to resources and privilege to call for justice. Lean into the discomfort, it is needed to make real change. Silence, complacency, and a lack of personal reflection all strengthen the racist foundations of this nation. Now is the time for us to take action.”

–Politics of Race and Ethnicity Co-Chairs Busola Banjoh ‘22 and Jacob Blair ‘22

Institute of Politics Project on Race + Ethnicity Resource List
 

A comprehensive list of resources created by Politics of Race and Ethnicity co-chairs Busola Banjoh ‘22 and Jacob Blair ‘22  including:

  • What you can do
  • How you can learn
  • How you can take care of yourself

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Resources Created by Harvard Staff

Fighting Anti-Black Racism Community Resource Bank

A statement from the Harvard College Women's Center, anti-racist resource list, and the Women's Center's strategy against anti-Black racism. 

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Racial Justice, Racial Equity, and Anti-Racism Reading List

The Harvard Kennedy School Library put together a reading list as a starting place to find resources that speak to racial justice, racial equity, and anti-racism. 

HKS Reading List


 

Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism Work and Self-Care

Resources to educate, facilitate, and equip those seeking to become more effective anti-racism allies compiled by Benita Wolff and the FAS Division of Science.

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Harvard Medical School (HMS) Anti-Racism Resource List

The HMS Office for Diversity Inclusion & Community Partnership features news articles, books, movies, videos, podcasts, and other resources for those interested in anti-racism practice. 

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Resources Created by Harvard College Student Organizations

Thank you to the student organizations below who are creating and sharing anti-racism resources and strategies for taking action. We will continue to add to this section as resources are updated and shared. If your student organization has a resource that you would like to add to this page, please email dso@fas.harvard.edu

Black CAST


Black CAST and Kuumba Singers Requiem for the Self Resource List

Resources gathered from the healing spaces held by BlackCAST and the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College.

Resources for Healing

 

 

 

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Harvard UC Donation Matching List 

A list from the Harvard Undergraduate Council featuring all student organizations at Harvard that are matching donations along with which organizations will receive the donations.

UC Donation matching List

Harvard Black Students' Association

Black Students' Association Town Hall Resources

Resources for anyone who is outraged by the recent instances of police brutality against members of the Black community from the Black Students' Association.

BSA Town hall resources

 

 


Harvard College Democrats Action Week for Racial Justice

Resources to watch, read, listen, act, and donate from the Harvard College Democrats.

Harvard Dems Action Week

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Harvard CAUSA Solidarity Statement and Resources

Harvard Cuban-American Undergraduate Students Association solidarity statement, organizations to donate to, and anti-racism resources.

CAUSA statement

Messages of Solidarity

Meeting the Challenges – Together


Dean of Students, Katie O'Dair, and Danoff Dean of Harvard College, Rakesh Khurana
 

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Student Engagement Statement and Commitment


Dean of Students Office Student Engagement Team

 

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EDI Staff Commitment to Dismantling White Supremacy


Dean of Students Office Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Team
 

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