Making College Diversity Efforts Sustainable — and Impactful
December 1, 2021
In recent years, colleges and universities have put diversity efforts at the center of their agendas, creating new roles for chief diversity officers and helping to fuel the rise of equity and inclusion offices on campuses across the U.S. As these offices become established, it's time to ask: How can they help stimulate truly meaningful changes in campus culture? What are the best practices for ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts are authentic, sustainable, and — most important — effective and impactful. What does meaningful, sustainable diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging look like? How can these efforts spread from the diversity office into the classroom — and how can they help drive student success?
Featuring: Francesca Purcell, Sherri Charleston, Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, and Richard Reddick
Our Earliest Learners — and their Caregivers
November 17, 2021
The early education landscape continues to shift under the weight of pandemic impacts. Watch the conversation as we look at where things stand for our young learners, their families, and the early educators who are trying to serve their needs. We talk about the current challenges in early learning that need critical attention. We explore how our caregivers are managing their own stresses and helping young children navigate disruption and instability. And we offer strategies for perseverance and even innovation, focusing in on the solutions that educators and their families are finding and spreading.
Featuring: Junlei Li, Lynette Fraga, and Stephanie Jones
Mental Health and Wellness at College Today
November 3, 2021
Colleges and universities are facing a crisis in mental health today — with nearly 40% of college students experiencing depression, according to a 2020 study, 34% reporting anxiety, and 13% saying they had thought seriously about suicide in the last year. The pandemic exacerbated the crisis, but there are other factors driving the surge. We explored what campuses can do to create environments that prioritize and sustain health and wellness — and how can they assemble the resources, staff, and administrative structure needed to make it happen.
Featuring: Francesca Purcell, Ernesto Escoto, and Nicole Green
The Healing Power of Friendships and Relationships
October 20, 2021
The pandemic has caused many of us to recognize the power of relationships — for ourselves, and for our children. Have your children's friendships changed — or suffered? Are your students finding it hard to re-ignite their stalled connections? How can schools help to foster friendship — and prioritize strong relationships and a sense of belonging for every student? And what are the lessons we can take with us into our own adult lives?
Featuring: Junlei Li, Traci Baxley, Jean Rhodes
Teaching and Leading with Compassion
October 6, 2021
Today's teaching challenges are multifaceted, calling on a range of leadership skills, instructional decisions, and — perhaps most important, empathy and compassion. At a time of continued anxiety, when students and educators alike are feeling the strains of pandemic losses of all kinds, how can we make classrooms spaces of welcome, inclusion, safety, and care? How can we teach, lead, mentor, and coach with compassion?
Featuring: Uche Amaechi, Rhonda Bondie, Khalya Hopkins, Victor Pereira, Jr., Ed Yoo
Back to School: Moving Forward from Here
September 22, 2021
For the third consecutive school year, the rhythms of our schools are being disrupted by a global pandemic — a pandemic that has laid bare existing inequities across almost every relevant metric. Watch the panel of Harvard education experts discuss key challenges and concerns for educators, leaders, and families — and share concrete ideas for addressing them, with equity at the center.
Featuring: Uche Amaechi, Andrew Ho, Stephanie Jones, Mary Grassa O'Neill, Paul Reville
Keeping Our Schools Healthy
September 15, 2021
In an episode jointly presented by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, we talk through some of the practical things we can do now to support physical and mental health in our schools. And explore the larger issues of equity, community building, and other themes that we’ll be facing for the foreseeable future.
Featuring: Bridget Long, Michelle Williams, Joseph Allen, Josephine Kim, and Natalia Linos