Special Initiatives

Beyond our regular programming, we collaborate and serve in leadership roles that encourage dialogue and diversity across our campus community.

Since the founding of the Harvard University Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging in 2019, we have received three of their Culture Lab Innovation Fund (CLIF) grants. The CLIF awards grants to Harvard students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and academic personnel to pursue ideas that seek to strengthen Harvard’s capacity to advance a culture of belonging.

2022-2023 Scaling CLIF Grant

We are excited to announce that we were awarded with a second CLIF grant for $20K to expand our efforts in introducing the Harvard College community to restorative justice philosophy and practices. We will use this funding to continue to provide targeted training and supports to staff and students in residential contexts for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Sex Health and Reproductive Care brochure cover with green backgroundReproductive Care at the College

Over the 2021-2022 academic year the Women's Center worked with staff representing offices across the University to draft and publish the first comprehensive sexual and reproductive health resource guide for undergraduate students. This guide is modeled after one that was originally published in 2012 titled "Pregnant at Harvard?" and was mentioned in a 2015 op-ed in the Harvard Crimson. We are excited to ressurect and expand this resource to be more inclusive of our current student population and provide up-to-date healthcare information and social supports for students regarding sex, reproductive health, and parenting.

2020-2021: Harm to Harmony CLIF Grant

Harm to Harmony focuses on community-based harm prevention, intervention, and response. 

In fall 2021 we organized restorative justice training for community members with the University of San Diego. Our collaborative pilot is taking place with the Women's Center, student organizations and with residential communities, and our ultimate goal is to expand the program to various communities across Harvard. The video below shares our program pitch.


2019-2020: STEM Mentorship CLIF Grant

SySTEMatic is a program focused on expanding the reach of diversity in STEM programming through enhanced mentorship technology.

SySTEMatic is now in its second year of pilot thanks to additional project funding through the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Project Review Board. It explores how mentorship can be critical to confidence, belonging, and retention of underrepresented groups in STEM.