About the Office
The mission of the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP) is to advance diversity inclusion in health, biomedical, behavioral, and STEM fields that build individual and institutional capacity to achieve excellence, foster innovation, and ensure equity in health locally, nationally, and globally.
The Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP) was established in 2002 (originally named Faculty Development and Diversity, est. 1995) to promote the increased recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse faculty, particularly individuals from groups underrepresented in medicine (URM), at HMS and to oversee all diversity activities involving Harvard Medical School (HMS) faculty, trainees, students and staff.
This is achieved through efforts that support the career development of junior faculty and fellows; train leaders in academic medicine and health policy; provide programs that address crucial pipeline issues, and sponsor awards and recognitions that reinforce behaviors and practices that are supportive of diversity, inclusion, mentoring, and faculty development. In addition, DICP activities support the Faculty Development and Diversity Task Force recommendations, particularly as they relate to mentoring, professional development and the design, creation and monitoring of workforce metrics. DICP also acts as a central resource for faculty development and diversity efforts of the Harvard Catalyst (HCat) through the HCat Program for Faculty Development and Diversity Inclusion (PFDD).
Recognizing the importance of addressing issues that impact faculty recruitment, impede faculty advancement and thwart faculty retention, in 1990, HMS initiated the Minority Faculty Development Program (MFDP). The MFDP, a component of DICP, offers consistent programming that is responsive to identified needs of individuals and institutions and serves as a nexus for collaborative work among HMS, HMS-affiliate faculty development programs and/or diversity/multicultural affairs offices. In addition, MFDP addresses issues of increasing the pool of minority and disadvantaged students interested in careers in science and medicine, and has built a three-pronged effort to encourage URM and disadvantaged students from all levels of the educational pipeline to pursue biomedical, STEM and health-related careers. Programs begin as early as the middle school level and carry on through the postgraduate level and involve curriculum development, teacher training, enhancing student research, and career development. DICP/MFDP’s work addresses HMS’ relationship with the community (internal and external) through the provision of programs that link HMS faculty, trainees and students with local, regional and national community-related activities.
Through DICP’s research and evaluation arm, Converge: Building Inclusion in the Sciences through Research, DICP conducts evaluation for DICP programs, as well as research addressing national, regional and local strategies that support workforce diversity and inclusion in the biomedical sciences. Of particular interest are groups that are traditionally underrepresented in these fields. Knowledge is generated through rigorous, theory-based scientific research; linking policy and practice with scientific evidence; and convening interdisciplinary stakeholder groups. Converge’s systems-based perspective for diversity and inclusion serves as the foundation for the work that it undertakes. The current research focuses on building a knowledge base and training mechanism for sustained capacity-building and decision making that enhances workforce diversity and human resource development in academic medicine.