Monthly digest from Harvard Women in Technology + Allies ABCD
Sent on April 1, 2020
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April 2020

Dear HarvardWIT+ community,
We hope you are all keeping well during this time of uncertainty given all going on regarding COVID-19. We acknowledge that the greater Harvard community is struggling to keep up with the burdens of balancing our full lives in this time of crisis. 
HarvardWIT+ aims to continue to be a community of support and learning during this difficult time. We hope you will connect with us on our Slack channel and attend our April 20th monthly meeting which will now be held virtually via Zoom.
We are also exploring novel ways in which we can hold space together during this time. If you have any ideas or interest in hosting virtual events or gatherings with HarvardWIT+, please reach out to Anisha Asundi.
It has been truly inspiring to see networks and neighborhoods come together to support each other through mutual aid and community care. In this vein, we have listed a couple of resources on COVID-19 and mutual aid networks in Cambridge and the greater Boston area below, should you be interested in learning more about what is going on in our local communities.
COVID-19 Resources  

Thank you,
Anisha Asundi, Deirdre Schreiber, and Donna Tremonte
HarvardWIT+ Co-Chairs
April 2020 Digest


HarvardWIT+ Speaker Series

Pronouns and Beyond: Understanding Gender Identity



Jessica Halem, LGBTQ Outreach and Engagement Director, Harvard Medical School


Monday, April 20, 3:30-5pm


Jessica Halem will present, Pronouns and Beyond: Understanding Gender Identity. Jessica is the LGBTQ Outreach and Engagement Director at Harvard Medical School and remains unique in her role for medical schools in the United States. Since taking the helm almost six years ago, she has increased the number in the first-year class who self-identify as LGBTQ from 4% to 15% and recently helped to secure a historic $1.5 million dollar grant to overhaul the curriculum to integrate sexual and gender minority health equity throughout. In this session, Jessica will be sharing the latest research for understanding terminology and concepts associated with gender identity and some immediate ways we can all ensure the positive inclusion of gender diversity throughout our schools and workplaces.
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Hot Jobs!

Hand-selected for the HarvardWIT+ community, here are some active searches happening right now at Harvard. They need candidates; we have a network of talent.

Instructional Technologist (57), Harvard Kennedy School

Senior PHP Application Developer (58), Harvard Medical School Countway Library


This month's jobs listing is shorter than previous months. COVID-19 is impacting hiring all around the world, including Harvard. If you’re in the market for a new job, we’re including a few resources below that might offer additional tips to consider during this time.  

Professional Development

There are plenty of professional learning and development opportunities online. In addition to HarvardWIT+ Training Portal Group, try LinkedIn LearningHarvard Manage Mentor, and IT ProTV.


Managing Your Remote Team Inclusively: Knowledge Burst (Catalyst)

Quickly get up to speed on leading remote teams inclusively. Catalyst has published this informative tool to help managers and their reports establish communication norms that increase the remote team’s performance.  


Exploring Power and Privilege (HLC)

Learn a bold new model for Diversity and Inclusion work, distinguished from other curricula in several important ways. This day-long training provides a cognitive understanding of how Privilege operates as well as an experiential exploration of what it takes, individually, to fully engage across the many and varied Privilege Gaps in our diverse society. 

April Events

A round up of virtual events about diversity, gender, and technology at Harvard and in the Boston community. 


April 1 - Colloquium Livestream with Kaysha Corinealdi: 'Creating Afro-Diasporic Solidarities from Panama to the United States' (FAS)
April 2 - Project Bamboo: The Science and Art of Scaling Diverse Teams Quickly and Sustainably (HKS)
April 3 - Data & Donuts [REMOTE]: #MeToo Project Team (HKS)
April 9 - Women and Public Policy Program Seminar (HKS)
April 10 - Data & Donuts [REMOTE]: Gabby Lim on using data to study information controls (HKS)
April 14 - Navigating Careers in STEM: Virtual Panel Discussion (FAS)
April 15 - "Hush Arbor (The Opera): 'I’ll Fly Away'-Liminality, Death and Transcendence in African American and African Derived Folklore, Literature and Music" (FAS)
April 16 -  Inclusive Leadership, Identity, and Power (HKS)
April 17 - Data & Donuts [REMOTE]: Sarah Boyd on data, gender & feminism (HKS)
April 20 - Pronouns and Beyond: Understanding Gender Identity (HarvardWIT+)
April 22 - "'Friends of Japan': African American Women’s Visions of Afro-Asian Solidarity" (FAS)
April 29 - 'Approaching Work-Family from the South: Breastfeeding at Work, Black Mothers, and Working-Class Settings'(FAS)
April 30 - Lessons Learned: A Conversation with a Fortune 500 Chief Diversity Officer (HKS)



April 5 - Volunteer at: Jr. Tech Girls’ STEM Summit
April 14 - She+ Geeks Out April Virtual Happy Hour
April 22 - Apply for Resilient Coders 2020: Women, Queer & Non-Binary folk Hackathon!
April 23 - *VIRTUAL EVENT* The Business Case for Diversity Undermines LGBTQ+ Individuals’ and Women’s Anticipated Sense of Belonging and Interest in Joining Organizations
April 24 - She+ Geeks Out Virtual Job Fair!
April 26 - Women as the Future of Robotics
June 8 - WIT Connect Virtual Conference



Mindfullness workshops at Harvard
Virtual tours of the Met
Virtual tour of the Van Gough Museum

View the full HarvardWIT+ Events Calendar

Ally Actions
During a Time of Crisis


How we can all best support and advocate for marginalized communities during this pandemic 

By Anisha Asundi, Research Fellow: Gender Specialist, Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School and co-chair, HarvardWIT+

It's clear that COVID-19 disproportionately affects the most vulnerable and marginalized: including elderly individuals, immunocompromised individuals, communities of color, immigrant and undocumented communities, incarcerated communities, and low-income communities. We are listing a few resources that focus on how to communicate and advocate for these communities using an equitable & inclusive perspective. 

Ensure your messaging about COVID-19 is centered around inclusion, empowerment and justice
Many organizations and departments are releasing messages about how their work has been impacted by COVID-19. The Opportunity Agenda has a template to use a VPSA (Value, Problem, Solution, Action) format when talking about the coronavirus and its response in order to center your messaging from an inclusive perspective.

Explore the best ways to support those most marginalized by COVID-19
This includes ensuring there are protections in your local communities for elderly communities, continuing the fight for affordable, quality healthcare & sick leave, and supporting small local businesses. The NAACP created a list of key considerations of equity implications due to COVID-19.  

Support mutual aid groups in your community
The mutual aid concept is that people from a community volunteer to offer up resources like food, transportation, and other essentials to each other, according to what they have and others need. Some mutual aid and community care resources from the Cambridge and greater Boston area:


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