Diversity Statement

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URAF) is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive undergraduate community at Harvard College where each student has the tools, access to opportunities, and support to thrive.

We recognize that each Harvard College student is different and brings to the community the richness and uniqueness of their backgrounds, identities, and experiences (including gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic class, immigration status, nationality, ability, among many other experiences). We also recognize that many students, because of their identity, have and will experience prejudice, discrimination, and violence.

While we celebrate the diversity of community of undergraduate researchers and future fellowship recipients whose experiences and contributions shape not only their Harvard community, but the world beyond Harvard, we are very aware that so much more needs to be done to further cultivate, expand, and support this diversity and to create spaces where all lived experiences are affirmed.

We understand navigating research and fellowships is not something for which everyone has a road map or previous experience to rely on; we welcome you to our office any time and at any step of the process, from the earliest stages of exploration, identifying opportunities, to later when you are applying. We are also committed to ensuring that the process for accessing funding opportunities for research, study and travel is clear and that outreach is widespread. To this end, we are conscientiously working with campus partners (under the Office of Student Life and the OUE), departments, and Houses, our student Research Ambassadors, and alumni to understand and address the gaps of our processes, services, and outreach. We’re eager to hear your feedback and learn about your lived experience. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to anyone on the URAF team.