“Diversity and inclusion: challenges and solutions. French and American perspectives”: a one-day conference at the Harvard Kennedy School
On Saturday February 4th, 8AM-6PM.
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA
“Diversity and inclusion: challenges and solutions. French and American perspectives” is the first student-led symposium on Diversity organized by the HKS Francophile Club and HKS Vice-President of Diversity, with the support of the French Consulate. This event aims to facilitate best practices sharing and an open dialogue on the French and American models of inclusion by bringing together students, faculty and practitioners from France and the US. Beyond a mere for/against debate comparing two models, the ambition is to establish bridges between two perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion, in order to define a common set of actions to shared issues.
The definition of inclusion selected for this conference is inspired by the American trans-sectorial perspective, and concern all forms of diverse identity (sexual preference, disability, ethnicity, religion, gender…).
A one day format, the symposium will offer discussion panels followed by action-oriented ones. After each discussion panel, the audience will split to attend the action-oriented panel they are the most interested in, given that they will happen simultaneously. Discussion panels will allow speakers to talk more extensively. Action-oriented panels will be more interactive and participative for the audience. They will require the presence of a recording secretary and of a facilitator. They will lead to the drafting of practical answers to the problem considered. The conclusions of the event will be published both in French and in English. They will be available to HKS student body, Diversity Committee, staff and faculty. They will also be shared with the French Community in Boston and politicians in France.
The first “Diversity and inclusion: challenges and solutions. French and American perspectives” symposium is supported by: the Consulate General of France in Boston, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, Institut Français - Paris, Education Française Greater Boston, Harvard Kennedy School’s Vice-President for Diversity, the Diversity Committee, the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights, and the Office for Student Diversity and Inclusion.
More info will be announced soon. Stay tuned!