HKS Opens New Office for Student Diversity and Inclusion

October 2, 2012
By Doug Gavel

With the intent of helping cultivate a rich and robust learning environment for all students, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) recently launched its new Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion under the direction of Alexandra Martinez, who was named Assistant Dean for Student Diversity and Inclusion.
"The Kennedy School is committed to bringing a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to our campus to enrich the educational experience for all of our students," said Dean David T. Ellwood. "By establishing the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, we reaffirm and strengthen our community's belief in these important principles and enhance our capacity to really make a difference."
Martinez brings more than 20 years of admissions and student services experience at HKS to her new position, where she will focus on recruiting a diverse array of talented students to the Kennedy School and helping provide an exceptional and supportive student life experience for all students and student organizations.
"Alexandra brings a wealth of knowledge and a deep personal passion for supporting and empowering a rich mosaic of students from all backgrounds, particularly those historically underrepresented at HKS," said Chris Fortunato, Dean of Students. "Her success in building powerful relationships with students, colleagues, alumni and organizations throughout the world will prove invaluable to advancing this important work."
"We know that Diversity in the educational experience produces excellent culturally competent students," Martinez said. "The School also recognizes the importance of our mission to prepare students to be global leaders. In order to do so, we must continue to initiate and support activities which increase diversity concerning race, gender, religion, ethnic background, age, sexual orientation, disability and economic status."
As the Assistant Dean for Student Diversity and Inclusion, Martinez will direct the new office and also provide critical administrative management to the HKS Diversity Committee in partnership with the committee's faculty and student chairs.
"While diversity on all dimensions already creates a unique and meaningful learning environment at HKS, we know that there remains much work to be done to provide students with the superior level of connection, understanding and opportunity that we aspire to at the Kennedy School," said Fortunato.

Photograph of Assistant Dean Alexandra Martinez

Alexandra Martinez, Assistant Dean for Student Diversity and Inclusion

"The Kennedy School is committed to bringing a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to our campus to enrich the educational experience for all of our students," said Dean David T. Ellwood. "By establishing the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, we reaffirm and strengthen our community's belief in these important principles and enhance our capacity to really make a difference."

"We know that Diversity in the educational experience produces excellent culturally competent students," Martinez said. "The School also recognizes the importance of our mission to prepare students to be global leaders. In order to do so, we must continue to initiate and support activities which increase diversity concerning race, gender, religion, ethnic background, age, sexual orientation, disability and economic status."


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