In many cases, university efforts to increase racial diversity are focused on numbers. While the goal of increasing the number of Black students and faculty on the campuses of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities, it often does not go far enough.
Harvard University is taking the next step by forming the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging. The task force will study and make recommendations on how to make Harvard a more welcoming place for all students from underrepresented groups.
Danielle Allen, a professor of government and a professor of education and the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, is one of three co-chairs of the presidential task force.
Professor Allen stated that “achieving a sense of belonging for all members of the Harvard community is an important measure of whether people are thriving. Even our efforts to be inclusive — to recruit a diverse faculty, students, and staff — will be strengthened by greater success at ensuring thriving for all. When all feel that they belong, we will feel the benefit of the full application of their talents to our shared problems and questions.”
Professor Allen is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University where she majored in the classics. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in the classics from Cambridge University. In addition, she has a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.