Schedule of Events
Monday, April 3
Humanizing Diversity & Inclusion (RSVP)
3:30-4:30pm @ Aldrich 107
The topic of “Diversity and Inclusion” can seem daunting and intimidating particularly for non-minorities. Join HBS alum and Chief Diversity Officer of eBay Damien Hooper-Campbell to discover how business leaders can humanize the concept of diversity and inclusion. Damien will also take questions on his career and how he rose to the C-suite of a Fortune 500 tech company. Refreshments will be served. RSVP here.
International Food Fair
5-7pm @ OWA Lawn
Join us as the RC International Reps share traditional and authentic cuisine celebrating the rich diversity within our community! We’ll have lots of food, beer, wine, and music (live DJ) from various countries all around the world! Weather back-up: OWA & SFP Common Rooms.
Tuesday, April 4
Lunch & Learn: The ROI of Diversity (RSVP)
12:15-1:15pm @ Cumnock 220
The tangible business benefits of diversity have been well-documented, and CEOs, corporate boards and investors are increasingly recognizing the correlation between diversity and overall company performance. Join Pritzker Group as we review the research, examine the current state of industry, and discuss how diversity is core to innovation, decision making, customer engagement, employee satisfaction and other drivers of business success. Co-sponsored by the HBS Venture Capital & Private Equity Club, and lunch catered by Boloco. RSVP here.
Do you know what unconscious, or implicit, bias training is? It involves our thoughts and feelings outside our conscious awareness and control that impact our behavior and interactions with others. Unconscious biases impact who and how we hire and how we interact in teams. Unconscious biases even come into play in seemingly homogeneous groups and when businesses begin to expand and transact across borders. Unconscious bias training has been supported by Harvard researchers and implemented by top MBA recruiters, such as Google, Facebook, and Bain. HBS is joining this effort and offering unconscious bias training to its students, faculty, administration, and staff. Come and learn more about how biases affect us in our personal and professional lives. Co-sponsored by HBS Career & Professional Development (CPD). Refreshments will be served. RSVP here.
The Space Between: An SA Campus Conversation
6-7:30pm @ Aldrich 109
MyTakes across the aisle. Come hear how students from a variety of perspectives have formed their political beliefs and seek to find commonalities with each other. Join the dialogue on bridging the political divide. Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, April 5
Belonging in the HBS Community (RSVP)
12:15-1:15pm @ Aldrich 210
Do you feel that you truly belong at HBS? Does anybody? How can we as students create opportunities and promote environments- both “right here right now” and when we go to lead outside of the HBS bubble- that build understanding between individuals around sensitive and/or potentially divisive topics? Are there things that we could be doing that would help more members of our community feel that they truly belong at HBS? Listen to what students are already doing- and bring your own ideas to share. Sponsored by Student & Academic Services (SAS) and the Joint Committee on Inclusion (JCI). Lunch provided. RSVP here.
Afternoon of Engagement: by Harvard's Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging (Register)
2pm @ Sanders Theater
President Drew Faust and Tracy Palandjian, member of the Board of Overseers, will host for this event, which we hope will be an exciting interactive workshop for students, staff, and faculty to explore what the concepts of inclusion and belonging mean for our campus. All members of the Harvard community are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Documentary Screening & Discussion: 13TH (RSVP)
4:30-6:30pm @ Spangler Auditorium
The SA, Social Enterprise Club and Entertainment and Media Club are hosting a film screening of the Oscar nominated documentary, 13TH. “13TH” — which takes its title from the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery — explores the link between slavery and the modern-day prison system. The film also explores how corporations have profited off of privatizing prisons and utilizing prison labor. Come view the documentary (1 hr, 40 minutes) and stay for a brief debrief discussion where we will share resources on becoming more actively involved in this critical issue. Sliders, popcorn, and lots of fun movie snacks will be served! RSVP here.
Thursday, April 6
Building Culture: Lunch with Fortive CEO, Jim Lico (RSVP)
12:15-1:30pm @ Aldrich 107
Come listen to Jim Lico, President and CEO of Fortive Corporation, discuss what it means to build and lead a strong culture in an international corporation. Hear about how he has dealt with difficult leadership subjects in the business environment and how to handle them. All are welcome to attend and discuss these important topics with an experienced business leader. Sponsored by the HBS Taskforce on Sexual Assault Prevention. Please RSVP here.
Hack@HBS Inclusive Ideas Forum (Learn more)
4-5pm @ Spangler Auditorium
The SA & Airbnb are excited to bring you Hack@HBS – an opportunity for RCs and ECs to team up and hack on innovative and inclusive product solutions to eliminate bias on Airbnb’s platform. Please join us on April 6th for an exciting Inclusive Ideas Forum and Awards Reception, where Hack@HBS teams (our classmates!) will pitch their best ideas to a judging panel for the chance to win cash prizes, Airbnb vouchers, and more! Refreshments will be served.
Closing Reception: TGIT
5-6pm @ Spangler Lawn
Cap off the week with us at our first TGIT of the Spring! Immediately following our Ideas Forum, join us on Spangler Lawn for more food, beer, and wine as we congratulate all the Hack@HBS teams and toast to a successful week of events. Weather back-up: Spangler Grille.
The HBS Student Association proudly thanks all of our sponsors for making our inaugrual Symposium on Diversity and Inclusion possible!
We also thank all of our event co-sponsors for helping us host a wide-range of events all week!
- Harvard University Graduate Commons
- HBS Career & Professional Development
- HBS Class of 2018 International Reps
- HBS Digital Initiative
- HBS Entertainment & Media Club
- HBS Social Enterprise Club
- HBS Venture Capital & Private Equity Club
HBS SA & Airbnb are proud to announce
Building Innovative & Inclusive Product Solutions to Eliminate Bias on Airbnb
HOW TO HACK
Form your own team OR get matched with one
By March 24th | Sign up HERE
March 27th | Receive the official hackathon problem statement and final guidelines via e-mail
March 27th-April 6th | Hack with your team!
April 6th | Teams present 2-4 minute product pitches to judges, followed by an awards reception
Top prize*: $1,500 cash
Airbnb travel vouchers
*Note: All winnings are subject to IRS and State regulations and withholdings
Do I need to be technical or have coding experience to participate? No!
How big are teams? 2-5 HBS students – any combination of RCs, ECs, and Partners.
I don’t have a team yet. Can you help me find a team? Yes! Sign up HERE and we’ll match you with a team.
When do we work on the project? Once the problem statement and guidelines are emailed to all teams on March 27th, your team is free to hack. Work on what you plan to pitch to the judges from March 27th to April 6th as you wish.
What do we present at the Inclusive Ideas Forum? Up to you! This is a product focused hackathon. You are welcome to present wireframes or flows, a short video, examples of front-end changes you would make to the platform – or your team can present a completely new product concept through mocks.
March 24th | Sign-up deadline
March 27th | Receive problem statement
March 27th-April 6th | Hack with your team to come up with an innovative & inclusive product solution
April 6th | Present your pitch to judges & join us for food, drinks, and prizes at the awards ceremony
HBS SA is proud to partner with Blackstone, Pritzker, eBay, Corning, and the HBS Digital Initiative on our inaugural Symposium on Diversity & Inclusion.