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Fall 2020

  • 09/10 at 12pm: #BlackLivesMatter in Research, Too – Dr Jonathan Jackson
Join us Thursday September 10th at noon (12pm EST). Dr Jonathan Jackson, Director of the MGH CARE Research Center, will present “#BlackLivesMatter in Research, too”, a talk about the history of medical abuses against Black and marginalized communities in the name of science, and the continuation of racism & challenges around health equity in research.

Jonathan Jackson, PhD, is the founder and Executive Director of the Community Access, Recruitment, & Engagement (CARE) Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on midlife and late-life health disparities in clinical settings that affect Black populations.

Dr. Jackson also works as a cognitive neuroscientist, investigating the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), particularly in the absence of overt memory problems. He serves on Mass General’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) and Mass General’s Cancer Center Equity Program, specializing in identifying and overcoming barriers to clinical research for people and communities of color. He has become a well-known Mass General representative to communities of color and dozens of affiliated organizations, particularly regarding clinical research. Dr. Jackson serves on the leadership team of several organizations focused on community health, as well as local, statewide and national advisory groups for research recruitment, Alzheimer’s disease and community engagement.


  • 9/11: Science on Tap –  Come listen to Viviana Siless and Paige Spark and learn more about our mission, vision, upcoming series and how you can be involved!!


Employee resource groups in higher education are groups formed based on a shared identity or experience with a focus on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. These groups create a space on campus for marginalized communities to voice their concerns, develop their own leadership skills, and drive change to foster an inclusive environment on campus. Because ERGs are managed by volunteers and not always well supported or understood, a common challenge is that these groups may not be appropriately recognized for their important work. This can lead to a perception that ERGs have limited impact on systemic change. This panel will highlight the work that ERG leaders are doing across Harvard, identify their successes, barriers, and challenges, and explore how ERGs can work in collaboration to advance DEI at Harvard.


Angel Velarde (Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty and Staff)
Erich Manser (Disability+ Affinity Group)
Viv Siless (Women in Science Group at Martinos Center, Harvard Medical School)
Donna Tremonte (Harvard Women in Tech + Allies)


  • 9/24 at 12pm: An open discussion on life during Covid – Come and talk about career development, mental health and feminism over coffee

Details can be found on the flyer.