Mission Statement

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. The staff of H-OAP work with the Offices of the President and Provost, Deans and Vice Presidents, students, faculty and staff, and units and departments across Harvard's divisions and Schools. The focus of this work is to instill the campus community with an understanding of: 1) the centrality, importance and complexity of inclusive excellence in our academic and administrative endeavors, 2) the benefits of diverse learning and working environments, and 3) the meaning and significance of equal opportunity and equity outreach efforts.

Harvard University’s students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni and visitors represent individuals, from increasingly interconnected, heterogeneous global communities with unique and wide-ranging experiences, abilities, competencies and interests; through the work of H-OAP, we value and support the distinctive contributions and talents of our community members. Our strategic planning, leadership initiatives, reports, outreach, training, advising, talent management and programmatic efforts are informed by historical and emerging scholarship and research, as well as federal and local EO guidelines and categories [1].

Affirmative Action Charter

The Harvard University Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity oversees, directs, monitors, and manages the University’s equal employment opportunity and affirmative action policies and procedures to ensure University compliance with EEO/AA laws and implementing regulations.  This charter defines the role, responsibility and authority of the Office.


[1] Categories include, but are not limited to race, color, ethnicity, gender and sex, gender identity, sexual identity and sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, veteran status, culture, military service, educational and/or socioeconomic status, and/or federally protected status.