Monthly digest from Harvard Women in Technology + Allies ABCD
Sent on July 8, 2020
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Summer 2020 Digest

Dear HarvardWIT+ community,

We hope you are taking care of yourselves given everything going on. It has been inspiring and empowering to see how the HarvardWIT+ community has shown up in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement these past few weeks. Our #ShutDownSTEM event on June 10 had more than 200 attendees, which is our most well-attended event by far. We hope you found the conversation useful and can take action within your departments, offices, and schools to fight anti-Blackness. Please keep an eye out for other events as HarvardWIT+ commits to learning more about allyship, anti-racism, and solidarity, and we hope to see you at our July 20th event where Danielle Boudrow will be talking about labor rights from an anti-racist and feminist perspective.

In exciting news, HarvardWIT+ Mentoring program in collaboration with Harvard’s WiSTEM and the Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering mentoring programs, has received a Harvard Culture Innovation Lab Fund to implement a new software that will automate the mentor pairing process, and streamline communication for program participants.  All 3 mentoring programs are dedicated to supporting marginalized genders in STEM fields for staff, undergraduate students, and graduate students. This software will allow us to reduce the amount of time it takes to administer these programs to allow us to scale them out and support more of the Harvard community. Learn more about HCLIF and the other grants supported by this initiative: 

Your HarvardWIT+ Co-Chairs,
Anisha Asundi, Deirdre Schreiber, and Donna Tremonte 

HarvardWIT+ Summer AMAs

Labor Rights during the Pandemic with Danielle Boudrow



Danielle Boudrow, HUCTW Organizer


Monday, July 20, 2020


Online via Zoom
Registration below
The right to negotiate as equals with the individuals who decide our pay and govern our daily working lives is vital even in good times and this pandemic has laid bare how often it's also a matter of physical safety as well as economic justice. Danielle will discuss how union as well as nonunion workers can exercise more control over what happens to us at work in order to make our jobs and our world better, safer, and more equitable.

Danielle Boudrow is an HUCTW Organizer and the union's Recording Secretary. Prior to coming to work full time for the union in 2018, Danielle worked for many years at HKS in the Women and Public Policy Program and has an academic background in Women's and Gender Studies as well as Labor Studies. She brings an intentionally feminist and anti-racist lens to labor organizing and is excited to talk with everyone in the WIT community.
 ALLY ACTIONS | Summer 2020 

Asking for support can be challenging during these times, and we should recognize the ways in which this pandemic and systems of oppression are disproportionately affecting our Black, LGBTQ, and immunocompromised colleagues. How do we ensure that we are still able to hold spaces where we can connect and learn from each other? Additionally, how do we navigate community connections and networking in a virtual world?

1. Meet another HarvardWIT+ member through a Virtual Coffee. HarvardWIT+ volunteer Danielle Lavoie has started virtual coffee sessions via Slack that people can opt into to connect with other HarvardWIT+ members one-on-one. Please join the #virtual-coffee channel on our Slack if you are interested!

2. Explore virtual wellness resources. The Center for Wellness and Health Promotion has an excellent resource page that features online classes and resource that serve to replenish and restore you.

3. Join virtual workshops on social justice and anti-racism. There are many opportunities to continue your allyship and activism to fight racism and anti-Blackness. Here are a few workshops compiled by Harvard DIB Office, the Charles Houston Institute for Race and Justice, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

4. Create intentional spaces for colleagues and staff to take time and care for themselves. Many managers are asking how they can best support employees of color through this pandemic and through all that is happening in terms of institutional racism. This HBR article offers several ways in which managers can support their employees at the team level, at the organizational level, and at a societal level.

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


Hiring activity around the university is beginning to increase.  This month, we would like to highlight two Salesforce jobs that are currently being recruited for. In addition to these roles, we have a number of other IT job opportunities to profile this week, attached HERE. All of these jobs are being actively recruited for.  Let the listed contact person know if you or someone you know would like to learn more.  Remember that all of Harvard’s open positions can be found via Harvard Careers.

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.


Building a Personal Resilience: Optimism

Wednesday, July 22 | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Description: In this workshop, you will learn the definition of optimism, and its undeniable connection to resiliency. In fact, social scientists consider optimism, to be the engine of resiliency. You will see first-hand that optimists are highly skilled at seeing situations as they actually are, moving quickly to identify the root cause of the problem, and moving forward to create and execute plans that lead to improved outcomes. 

(More sessions will be held on later dates, please see the schedule on the Harvard Training Portal).


Managing Engagement and Burnout in the COVID Era

Wednesday, August 19

Description: This one-hour virtual workshop is one of three in a Managing in the COVID Era series. Managers may enroll in any one or the entire series. Managing Engagement and Burnout will explore practices for keeping oneself and one’s staff engaged and contributing to team priorities in a way that takes into account their unique circumstances and stressors that may be at play during this time.

NEW! HUIT Security Book Club: This summer, the Security team invites the community to explore the impact of cyber activities on society, culture, and history by reading four books that will inform, entertain, and perhaps inspire us. Join us for one or more mid-day book discussions facilitated by info security team members and offer your insights on these engrossing choices. Find out more about the books and the facilitators and register at Summer 2020 Book Group.

Ten Percent Happier App
Designed to increase resilience, self-awareness, and compassion through mindfulness, the popular Ten Percent Happier App is now free for Harvard benefits-eligible employees. You’ll have unlimited access to guided meditations, talks, daily features, and personal coaches. Learn more about setting up a free account here
Introducing the RRR Initiative: Resilience, Recovery, and Renewal
Aimed at supporting Harvard employees amid the COVID-19 crisis, the Resilience, Recovery, and Renewal initiative will provide resources to help you respond to disruptive changes (Resilience), overcome challenges and regain productivity (Recovery), and apply new lessons and innovations to emerge stronger than ever before (Renewal).
Harvard’s Center for Workplace Development (CWD) has curated resources to help staff build resilience.  Among them are articles on how a learning mindset is an antidote to anxiety, TED Talks on being your best self in times of crisis, advice on leading a team through uncertainty, workshops on science-based tools to strengthen resiliency, and access to relevant LinkedIn Learning and Harvard ManageMentor courses. Learn more here.

Parents and Caregivers Microsoft Teams Group: Join other Harvard Parents and Caregivers through the MS Teams group to share resources and connect while working from home during this time.

Check out further Professional Development opportunities with the IT Academy!

July Courses
Digital Accessibility:  July 21 - July 22
Project Management:  July 22 - July 23
User Experience:  July 28 - July 29

August Courses:
Information Security:  August 5 - August 6

September Courses:
Digital Accessibility:  September 9 - September 10
Information Security: September 16 - September 17

Volunteer Opportunities

Lively is a Harvard student-run organization who is trying to spread the word about their service. Volunteers are ready to shop and deliver groceries for elderly and immuno-compromised in Boston. Please help spread the word, here is a link to the flyers.

Upcoming Events

A round up of virtual events about diversity, gender, and technology at Harvard and in the Boston community. 
July 14 - She+ Geeks Out Virtual Happy Hour (She+ Geeks Out)
July 14 - Design Your Talk Topic (Women Talk Design)
July 16 - Making it Work: How to Adapt Your DEI Efforts to the Virtual World (She+ Geeks Out)
July 21 - Women Talk Design Lightning Talks (Women Talk Design)
July 22 - Build Skills for Working with Humans (She+ Geeks Out)
July 29 - Advancing Black Women and Women of Color in the Workplace (She+ Geeks Out)
August 5 - Present Yourself Speaking Intensive (Women Talk Tech)
View the full HarvardWIT+ Events Calendar
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