Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty and Staff

Association of LatinX Faculty and Staff at Harvard

The Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty and Staff (AHLFS) was founded in 2009, through grassroots efforts by a number of employees here at Harvard University. AHLFS was established to promote, support and advance the needs and goals of Latinx faculty and staff at Harvard University. Membership is free of charge and open to all faculty, administrators, fellows, and staff at all levels employed by Harvard University and its affiliates who support the mission of AHLFS.

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The Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty and Staff is dedicated to articulating, supporting, and advancing the needs and goals of the Latinx community at Harvard University.


The Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty and Staff will establish itself as a channel of communication to address challenges and opportunities impacting the Latinx community at Harvard. 


  • Assist Harvard in the increased recruitment, retention, and promotion of Latinx faculty and staff.
  • Develop a nurturing and empowering community for Harvard’s Latinx faculty and staff through professional development and social networking activities.
  • Maintain an inclusive, supportive and dynamic system that addresses the needs of Latinx faculty and staff.
  • Increase the visibility of the work and accomplishments of Harvard’s Latinx's in the larger Harvard and Metro Boston community.
  • Establish partnerships with campus Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), programs, departments, faculty & administrators at all levels that support AHLFS mission to enhance access to Harvard resources.

The History Behind the Terms: Latino, Hispanic, Latinx, Chicano

Upcoming Events:

  • Boost Your LinkedIn 
    • Date: September 29th 2020
    • Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    • Come and learn pieces of advice that you can use right now to boost your LinkedIn profile from Harvard's Center for Workplace Development, Roberto Martinez, Senior Talent Diversity Sourcer
    • Register here


Past Events: 2019 - Early 2020

  • Addressing Mental Health Challenges in the Time of COVID - Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
    • Join All of Us as they share what makes some of us more vulnerable and how to enhance resilience. Featuring Dr. Jordan W. Smoller, Professor of Psychiatry at HMS, Professor in Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health, and Principal Investigator in the All of Us Research Program, and Dr. Luana Marques, Director of Community Psychiatry PRIDE at MGH, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. The conversation will be moderated by the Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty and Staff Administrative Chair Jacobo NegronAll of Us
  • How Can We Harness the Power of ERGs at Harvard? - Monday, September 21st 2020
    • Employee resource groups (ERGs) in higher education are groups formed based on a shared identity or experience with a focus on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. This panel will highlight the work that ERG leaders are doing across Harvard, identify their successes, barriers, and challenges, and explore how ERGs can work in collaboration to advance DEI at Harvard. This panel is hosted by Harvard Women In Tech + Allies and as the AHLFS's representation, don't miss our very own Angel Velarde, FAS Financial Associate, on the panel.
  • Latino Identity in the Workplace - Wednesday, November 20th 2019
    • A facilitated session by Dr. Robert Rodriguez. he will be speaking about the Latino Identity in the Workplace and how to help Latinos at Harvard gain a better frame of reference on how to view our culture sense of identity and provide tools on how to better leverage our heritage as an asset and as a source of strength.
    • 4:00pm-5:00pm
    • Forum Room, Lamont Library
  • Harvard Latinx Heritage Month Celenbration - Wednesday, October 9th 2019
    • Join the Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty and Staff as they partner with HGSE and the Committee on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at SEAS for a celebration of Latinx culture and history at Harvard. Our guest speaker will be Professor Andrew Crespo, first Latino to be promoted to a tenured position on the Harvard Law School faculty. There will be opening remarks by our Admin Chair Jacobo Negron as well as Alexis J. Stokes, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at SEAS.
    • Enjoy appetizers, music and creating community!
    • 12:00pm - 1:30pm Latinx Heritage Month Poster
    • Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, 2nd fl., Milstein East Room 2036
  • Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Tips for Internal Candidates - Thursday, September 26, 2019

    • Lamont Library, B30 (basement level, Cambridge Campus)
    • Thinking of a career shift? Need advice about internal mobility? The Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty and Staff is proud to team with the FAS Human Resources Recruitment Services and invites you to attend. Facilitated by Chris Keller, FAS Diversity Recruiter, this will be an hour-long professional development session for staff interested in how best to approach a job search at Harvard. In this session, FAS Lead Diversity Recruiter, Chris Keller, will provide practical guidance on how to navigate internal opportunities at Harvard.

Dominique Bocanegra
Programs and Events Chair
Program Coordinator, FAS HR Programs and Professional Development

Adriana Gallegos
Communications/Vice Chair
Manager of Administrative Operations, Harvard Libraries

Brandon M. Tilghman
Community Outreach Chair
Academic Appointments Manager, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Jacobo Negron
Administrative Chair
Police Sergeant, Harvard University Police Department

Amy Elizabeth Soto-Shed

Assistant Director, Faculty Support Services, Harvard Business School

Angel Velarde
Treasurer/Membership Chair
Financial Associate, FAS Administrative Operations

Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Beloning

Harvard University is committed to fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive, a key to which is ensuring that we each experience a profound sense of inclusion and belonging. 

Office of the Assistant to the President, Institutional Diversity and Equity

The mission of the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity (H-OAP), originally established in July 1971, is to lead a sustained University-wide effort and to develop, coordinate, and advance inclusive excellence, diversity, and equal opportunity (EO) initiatives, programs and policies at Harvard University Final Report of the Task Force on Inclusion & Belonging, Pursuing Excellence on a Foundation of Inclusion

Office of Faculty Development and Diversity

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity is Harvard’s central faculty affairs office. Our goal: to recruit and retain outstanding scholars and teachers as we continue to diversify the faculty. We are especially attentive to tenure-track faculty needs and the concerns of women and minority faculty at all academic ranks.

Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance (HLAA)

The mission of the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance (HLAA) is to develop a network and sense of community among current and future Harvard alumni who self-identify as Latina/o and reside or work in the United States; to increase Latino representation throughout the University; and to encourage Latino alumni involvement in University alumni activities and affairs.

Hispanic Employee Resource (ERG) Group Study by the Hispanic Assocation on Corporate Responsibility

The HACR Research Institute’s first Hispanic Employee Resource Group (ERG) Study, funded by AARP and launched in late 2012, was created to benchmark Hispanic ERGs and ascertain what’s driving their growth, highlight best practices, and identify current and future challenges. Two dozen Fortune 500 companies participated in the Institute’s groundbreaking study which captures insights from Human Resources (HR) departments, ERG members and leaders, as well as their executive sponsors and champions. Only HACR Corporate Members were eligible to participate and a list of participating companies is included in the report. The two part study consisted of an online survey instrument completed by a company representative between December 2012 and January 2013. The Institute conducted focus groups and interviews with ERG members, their leaders, and executive sponsors and champions between February 2013 and July 2013.

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NextGen Collective

NextGen Collective is a movement for a new generation of Latino professionals. A digital and live community for up-and-coming leaders who are looking to connect and talk candidly about how to take their careers to the next level.