The John F. Kennedy School of Government is committed to advancing the public interest by training enlightened leaders and solving public problems through world class scholarship and active engagement with practitioners and decision makers. This commitment, we believe, includes training our students to lead effectively across lines of difference.

That requires that our faculty, students, and staff be exposed to and understand a broad array of ideas, insights, and cultures. One crucial element involves attracting superlative people from diverse backgrounds and traditions who vary by their race and ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, physical and mental abilities, political philosophy, and intellectual focus. A second essential ingredient is the creation and maintenance of an atmosphere that welcomes new ideas—even unpopular and controversial ones—and encourages an effective and active exchange of views in an environment of mutual respect.

The Kennedy School will work to recruit a highly diverse group of students, faculty, and staff. It will work to ensure that our appointments and selection procedures consciously identify and evaluate a people from underrepresented groups. We also strive to remove sources of unconscious bias.

The School is developing a curriculum that deals with issues of diversity and encourages students and faculty to talk openly and effectively about difficult and highly charged issues. The School provides professional support to faculty on how to teach these issues effectively. It emphasizes the powerful benefit of exchange of ideas. The School enlists students in efforts to make classrooms and classmates more welcoming of the unique ideas and insights that students from different backgrounds and perspectives bring. And it seeks to correct situations where full and open exchange of ideas has been limited.

One of the John F. Kennedy School’s greatest assets is its breadth of talent in the community. The School is working toward increasing that diversity even further and taking full advantage of the opportunities for training enlightened leaders and solving critical public problems.

John F. Kennedy School of Government

Non-Discrimination Policy
The Harvard Kennedy School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, source of income, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.