Inclusive Hiring Initiative

The University-wide Inclusive Hiring (IH) Initiative is a joint collaboration being led by the Talent Acquisition and Diversity (TAD) team with the Inclusive Hiring Working Group and supported by the Office for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (OEDIB). This initiative aims to develop sustainable guidelines and trainings on compliant and inclusive hiring practices that align with the University's commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. These resources will support efforts to reaffirm the University's commitment to inclusive hiring, to building an increasingly diverse workforce, and to more fully realize the promise of Harvard as a place where everyone can flourish. 

Initiative Goals

  • Provide foundational knowledge on compliant and inclusive hiring
  • Offer resources and practices that can be implemented into department hiring strategies
  • Teach strategies for engaging with diverse talent for open positions
  • Instill an understanding of how departments can leverage the selection process to promote a more inclusive hiring process overall
  • Facilitate conversations with Subject Matter Experts around best practices

Process & goals for IH Initiative

Inclusive Hiring Roadmap

Phase I-a: Data Collection (February - May 2021)

Data collection will be conducted by surveying university-wide recruiters and leading focus groups with a sampling of hiring managers. This information will provide an increased understanding of our current state and will be instrumental in developing relevant topics for the inclusive hiring training and Talent Acquisition and Diversity (TAD) Talks. We also hope to gain an understanding of unintended barriers in our recruitment processes and workflows.

Phase I-b: Inclusive Hiring Resources Guide (February 2021)

An Inclusive Hiring Resources Guide (IHRG) has been developed to provide recruiters and hiring managers resources to help mitigate biases in our hiring practices and to create a more diverse workforce. Please note, this resource guide will be continuously revised by members of the Inclusive Hiring Working Group to keep its status current and relevant.

Phase II: Talent Acquisition and Diversity (TAD) Talks (May 2021 - April 2022)

As part of our goals to bring Subject Matter Experts to the forefront of our Inclusive Hiring Initiative, we developed a monthly series called “TAD Talks.” We are thrilled to have hosted ten speakers, who presented on a variety of topics, from external and internal talent pools for diverse talent to current diversity sourcing and recruiting trends. The TAD Talks were a critical data point in our Inclusive Hiring Initiative, and the feedback gathered was leveraged to inform the roll-out of Phase III, our Inclusive Hiring training.

Phase III: Inclusive Hiring Training

As stated above, TAD is thrilled to announce the launch of its first live, virtual training: Between the Lines: Discerning and Mitigating Bias in the Selection Process. This course will use hands-on scenarios to provide participants with an understanding of the top biases in the selection process and the framework needed to mitigate these biases. By doing so, participants will be provided with the foundational knowledge needed to support inclusive hiring efforts across the University. This course is designed for recruiters and hiring managers, but all who touch the hiring process (e.g., interview panelists) are encouraged to attend!
We will be offering this course on the following dates and times:
  • July 27, 2022: 10-11:30 AM
  • August 24, 2022: 10-11:30 AM
  • September 21, 2022: 10-11:30 AM
  • September 28, 2022: 10-11:30 AM
Please note that capacity is limited, so advance registration is highly recommended! To do so, simply go to the Harvard Training Portal (HarvardKey required).
We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including those with disabilities, to engage fully in our offerings. To request an accommodation and for any inquiries about this course and accessibility, please contact

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Contact Us

For questions regarding any aspects of the Inclusive Hiring (IH) intiative, please contact a member of the Talent Acquisition and Diversity (TAD) team:

Michelle Gordon-Seemore, Director of Talent Acquisition & Diversity
Rebecca Bearse, Diversity & Inclusion Project Manager, AFP
Kristina Paolini, Senior Talent Acquisition Project Manager