Association of Black Faculty, Administrators, and Fellows (ABFAF)

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WELCOME to the home page of The Association of Black Faculty, Administrators and Fellows (ABFAF). ABFAF strives to support and advocate for the University's Black community. We provide a means of communication, interaction and counseling for members through seminars, discussion groups, and social gatherings. The Association of Black Faculty, Administrators and Fellows is a university-wide group, and is open to all faculty, administrators, fellows and staff.

Visit our Calendar of Events for a list of upcoming events, including First Fridays!

To be added to our mailing list, please send a request to us.

The mission of the Association of Black Faculty, Administrators and Fellows (ABFAF) is advocacy on behalf of the University's Black community.  It provides a means of communication, interaction and counseling for members through seminars, discussion groups, and social gatherings.



ABFAF First Fridays

The POWER of My PLN (Professional Learning Network):

Growing at Your Own Pace

PLN Event - Oct 2021

Dr. Josue Falaise

Friday, October 1st, 2021 – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM via Zoom

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Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Connections Welcome Event

BIPOC Welcome Event - Aug 2021

August 19–20, 2021

New to Harvard? Join us for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Connections, a two-day, online welcome event for all incoming students, staff, faculty, postdocs, fellows, researchers, and other people of color.

All sessions are rooted in an antiracist, social justice framework, with welcome remarks from Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Sherri Ann Charleston.

Registration Information

ABFAF First Fridays

Learn about opportunities to advance your career trajectory!

Friday, August 6, 2021

12 pm – 1 pm (EDT)

Via Zoom

We hope to see you there!

ABFAF First Friday - August 2021

Juneteenth Celebration 2021

Pride Month 2021

Black History Month Celebration 2.26.20

Hack for Inclusion 2020

Black History Month Flyer 2020

Mental Health and Ethnicity Event - Nov 18

2019 Summer Panel

Save the Date for Our 2019 Summer Panel
Mental Health as an Invisible Dimension of Diversity

Thursday, August 22, 2019

1:00 - 3:00 P.M.
Harvard Hillel

52 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA

As a dimension of diversity, mental illness is often an 'invisible disability' that is not always apparent to others but can significantly impact one's daily work environment. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, one in five adults in the U.S. (46.6 million people) experiences mental illness in a given year. Mental health issues intersect with all dimensions of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, religion, socio-economic status, and more. How can we support those around us who live with a mental illness?

Moderated by Callie Crossley, WGBH host of Under the Radar, our panel of experts will share information about mental health, discuss challenges that may present in the workplace, and share best practices in creating an inclusive and supportive work environment.

Information about the summer panel, including registration information, will be available on the FAS HR website. Space is limited so please mark your calendars now and plan to attend when registration opens.

Registration will be available on Eventbrite August 1, 2019. This event will be live streamed on the FAS Human Resources YouTube channel.


L and L Series 1


Featuring: Oneeka Williams MD, MPH

Friday, April 12, 2019


HGSE, Larsen Building, room 214

Lunch will be served



Diversity Dialogue Poster


FAS Diversity Conference: A Decade of Dialogue

Tim Wise, Keynote Speaker

Over the last ten years, the FAS Diversity Dialogue Series has sparked conversation about diversity, equality and inclusion in the FAS community and beyond. Join us for a retrospective look at diversity and inclusion, a discussion of current issues, and practical guidance on how we can move toward greater inclusion and belonging at Harvard.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Tim Wise, prominent anti-racism writer, educator, and activist. A moderated discussion with Tim will be led by Renee Graham, an associate editor and
columnist at the Boston Globe.

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 8:00am to 1:00pm
Location: Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Registration is required:


The morning will include:

Introduction by:

John Wilson
Senior Advisor and Strategist to the President

Opening Remarks by:

Professor Philip J. Deloria
Professor of History and Chair of the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature

Panel Discussion Moderated by:

Renee Graham featuring:
Sandra Upton, Cultural Competence
Allison Manswell, Race Relations
Stephanie Huckel, LGBTQ Workplace Equity
Michael Fosberg, Anti-Bias/Storytelling

Keynote by:
Tim Wise, Writer, Educator and Anti-Racist activist

Special Presentation:

Nina Livingstone, Journalist and Spoken Word Artist

Book Signing and More


DIB 2019 Conference


May 21st, 2019 at Farkas Hall and the Smith Campus Center,

9:00am – 5:00pm

Learn more here:

Register here:

We are bringing together Harvard staff who are on the ground level of diversity work to exchange ideas, share action steps, and build a support network and we want you to join us!

This inaugural conference will host speakers, panels, networking, workshops, and a poster session focusing on the Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging work here at Harvard.

Our goal is to create a space to share work and promote/support best practices on campus.

As Harvard works to adopt the recommendations of the Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, staff are often on the front lines of institutional change. Implementing change is complicated, and staff have valuable insights that can help to accelerate and sustain important improvements in how we work. The Conference on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB) will bring together support staff and mid-level managers to work toward 3 main goals:

  1. Translating big ideas into practice. We will focus on the perspectives of those executing ground-level action steps, both in our programming and in our facilitation.
  2. Strengthening community. This conference will be an opportunity for staff in the DIB space to break down silos, learn from each other, and build supportive relationships.
  3. Taking action. Our discussions will emphasize concrete and specific ways for Harvard to be a more inclusive place to work and learn.



The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Harvard University Title IX Office are proud to announce Harvard Hears You: The 2019 Summit for Gender Equity, which will take place on April 2, 2019. Please save the date for this University-wide event, which will include two exciting events as part of the launch of the University’s Student Survey on Sexual Assault & Misconduct.

The daytime portion of the Summit, open to all Harvard community members, will include events at the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center. The day will bring together experts in our community: students, faculty, and staff, as well as invited guests to present in a variety of formats including on-stage interviews, performances and panel presentations. Candid discussions about key issues in the current climate, including gender discrimination on university campuses, due process, and intersectional approaches to equity will be encouraged. This Summit will begin a necessary dialogue, strengthened by lessons learned here and elsewhere, as Harvard strives to be a harassment-free community. The evening will feature a special guest panel at Memorial Church, and will include important discussion on gender equity and gender stereotyping across industries, popular culture, advertising, and consumerism.

Attendance to daytime and evening portions of the Summit is free. Additional information on panels, speakers, and performers will continue to be updated.


Askwith Forum









        Harvard Graduate School of Education
        Longfellow Hall
        13 Appian Way

        Thursday, March 28 2019, 4:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
PLEASE NOTE: Seating for this forum will be available on a first come, first seated basis.

Black educators were essential to the legal victory that was Brown vs. Board of Education, but over time, they saw the promise of greater access and greater equity grow dimmer, undermined by the way this now-iconic legal milestone was actually implemented. In a forum ranging widely over the past, present, and future of the long fight for justice in American schools, Emory University historian Vanessa Siddle Walker will explore the pedagogical and advocacy models that black educators developed, despite Jim Crow, that they hoped would be enhanced with the dismantling of racist school policies. She’ll describe how these practitioners came to make sense of what ultimately became a desegregation compromise, as the ruling took effect. And in a follow-on conversation moderated by HGSE assistant professor Jarvis Givens, Walker will be joined by Edith Bazile, the president of the Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts, to examine the contemporary legacy of Brown — and how the perspectives of those earlier practitioners can create a new lens through which to view the continuing critical challenges of race and education today.

Organization/Sponsor: HGSE
Speaker(s): Vanessa Siddle Walker, Ed.M.’85, Ed.D.’88, president-elect, American Educational Research Association (AERA); Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of African American and Educational Studies, Emory University, Edith Bazile, President, Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts, Moderator: Jarvis Givens, Assistant professor of education, HGSE; Suzanne Young Murray Assistant Professor, Radcliffe Institute

Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Contact Info:
More info:…



October 30, 2018

On Wednesday, October 30, 2018, the Association of Black Faculty, Administrators, and Fellows (ABFAF) held a meeting to celebrate the appointment of African American women leaders at Harvard University. ABFAF celebrated the appointments of Deans Tomiko Brown-Nagin (Radcliffe), Claudine Gay (FAS and AAAS), Bridget Terry Long (HGSE), and Michelle Williams (HSPH) as well as Chief of Staff Patricia Bellinger (President's Office).

At the event, Dean Bridget Terry Long talked about her origins and Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin talked about her vision for the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Dr. John Silvanus Wilson (HGSE) attended the event as well and spoke briefly about the University-wide work on Inclusion and Belonging. As Dr. Wilson neared the end of his speech the lights went out in the room, then he stated that he’ll take that as his cue to end his speech, and the crowd erupted in laughter and applause. Shirley Greene, the Associate Dean of Students, closed the event by urging everyone to “reach back.”

The event was organized by Pamela A. Mason (HGSE and Co-Chair of ABFAF), Andrea Kelton-Harris (FAS and Co-Chair of ABFAF), Shirley Greene (DCE) and Andrena Mason (HGSE). The event was held in Longfellow Hall at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Faculty Co-Chair

Pamela Mason, Graduate School of Education

Senior Lecturer on Education

Director, Language and Literacy Program

Jeanne Chall Reading Lab

The Partnership for Just Educators

Staff Co-Chair

Andrea Kelton-Harris, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Senior Human Resources Consultant


Shirley Green, Division of Continuing Education

Associate Dean of Students

Harvard Black Alumni Society

Harvard Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University Disability Resources

The Center for Workplace Development

The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations

The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research

The Office of Faculty Development & Diversity

The Office for Gender Equity


Harvard Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Resources

FAS Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging


FAS Division of Science Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging


GSAS Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs


Harvard University Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging


HGSE Diversity and Inclusion


HKS Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (ODIB)


HSDM Office of Diversity and Inclusion


HSPH Office of Diversity and Inclusion


SEAS Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging