Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

The Shorenstein Center’s mission is rooted in our shared commitment to bolstering truth and trust within society. In our pursuit of maintaining a truthful, transparent and equitable information ecosystem, we strive to create this type of culture internally, as well. Though the topics of our work and research move quite rapidly and asynchronously, our values as an organization and within our greater community act as an anchor in this ever-moving environment. Openness, collaboration and participation are core aspects of our work — within our individual research programs and as an entire center. We gain strength from diversity and actively seek participation from those who enhance it.

For more information about the overarching DIB efforts at the Harvard Kennedy School, visit The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging.


The Shorenstein Center coordinates a series of workshops for faculty, fellows and staff on how we can embed the values of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging into the work done in and around the center.

Upcoming workshops include:

December 1, 2021 

Inclusive practices for research and teaching: Practical tips to make your work more inclusive


Led by guest speaker Dr. Miranda Melcher from City, University of London, this first workshop will explore inclusive practices for research and teaching, with particular attention paid to neurodiverse and disabled students and participants. The workshop will explore how to engage and encourage students in different kinds of teaching, as well as discuss research-relevant issues including improving inclusivity in hiring & recruitment, conference & paper calls, and panelist invitations.

The session will discuss the importance of considering neurodiverse and disabled students and participants in higher education and academic research, introduce general principles for inclusive practices, and guide participants through a variety of examples. The research and practice behind this session combines pedagogical canon around the importance of structure and student engagement with clinical research on learning disabilities, practical teaching experience, and 1:1 work with neurodiverse participants.


December 15, 2021

Science of Communicating with Busy People Equitably and Effectively


Led by Professor Todd Rogers, this workshop will focus on the science of writing so busy people will read and understand our messages. This is about being more effective, and more accessible.  Everyone is busy. That’s why we skim our emails, texts, forms, and mail. We will learn the practical cognitive science of communication and the six principles it generates. In addition to increasing the effectiveness of our messages, these principles make our communications kinder by being more respectful of busy readers’ time. The session will involve activities, polls, and interactivity.


More workshops will be added soon, as well as any relevant resources. We’re currently planning sessions on the following topics:

  • Clear and effective communication on tricky subjects
  • Inclusive recruiting and retention
  • Building Inclusive Fellowship Pipelines

For more information, please contact Shorenstein’s Special Projects Coordinator, Anjuli Shere: anjulishere@hks.harvard.edu