Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

The English Department studies how people make and interpret language. We accept, as a matter of principle, that nuances of language can profoundly affect meaning. This is as true in our classroom interactions and internal departmental operations as it is in our writing and research. All parties must therefore listen closely to each other and consider the effects of their words, so that we can create and uphold collegiality and mutual respect among students, staff, and faculty.

The English Department Development Committee strives to make the English Department a welcoming, supportive, and intellectually fulfilling community for all its staff, faculty, and students. The Committee supports our community in part by developing programming for the Department, including discussions of how we can work together to create diverse syllabi and inclusive classrooms to work towards overcoming the legacies of systemic racism within our discipline and at Harvard as an institution. We, collectively and individually, aim to be responsive to any concerns about interpersonal dynamics: please contact a member of the Committee if you have experienced or witnessed incidents of harassment or abuse as they relate, for example, to race, class, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, hierarchies within the university, and any other similar issues. We can serve as a sounding board and also advise about appropriate reporting mechanisms.

Development Committee Contacts

Glenda Carpio, Chair of the Department of English, carpio@fas.harvard.edu
Derek Miller, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, dmiller@fas.harvard.edu
Deidre Lynch, Director of Undergraduate Studies, deidrelynch@fas.harvard.edu
Elaine Scarry, Professor of English, escarry@fas.harvard.edu
Lauren Bimmler, Undergraduate Program Administrator, lbimmler@fas.harvard.edu
Gwen Urdang-Brown, Graduate Program Administrator, urdangbr@fas.harvard.edu
Vidyan Ravinthiran, Professor of English, vidyanravinthiran@fas.harvard.edu
Brian Baltazar Pimentel, Undergraduate Student Representative, brianbaltazarpimentel@college.harvard.edu
Lana Jade Reeves, Undergraduate Student Representative, elianareeves@college.harvard.edu
Mary Galli, Graduate Student Representative, marygalli@g.harvard.edu
Anna McDonald, Department Administrator, acmcdon@fas.harvard.edu

University Resources

Reporting Resources

What should I do if experience racial discrimination or observe a racist incident in the Harvard community?

Sexual Harassment Anonymous Disclosure - Using the Resource for Online Anonymous Disclosures (ROAD), you can let us know of a concern, communicate with a member of the Title IX Office, and access resources without revealing your identity. 

File a formal complaint with the University Title IX Office

University-Wide Anonymous Reporting Hotline - To encourage individuals to voice their concerns, Harvard University established the reporting hotline and website which provides the opportunity to report concerns in an anonymous manner. This hotline may be used to report a variety of ethical, integrity, safety, security, and compliance concerns and may be used by anyone including, but not limited to, students, faculty, postdocs, staff, patients, vendors, contractors and visitors, anywhere in the world. There are two ways to report: toll-free by calling 877- 694-2275 or you can submit a report online. 

University Ombudsman Office - The office provides informal, impartial, confidential and independent assistance to all members of the Harvard community in managing or resolving issues affecting their work or academics. Please email university_ombudsman@harvard.edu, or call 617-495-7748 to connect with the Harvard University Ombudsman Office. 


We, as a department, as scholars, teachers, students, and staff, are committed to holding up our community, past and present, to the light of recent events, specifically the movement for racial justice. We will take what immediate actions we can, as we also consider the courses, colloquia, and public talks and reading the Department is running now or planning for the future. In addition, we shall reassess our hiring and admissions practices, our scholarship and pedagogy, our advising of students, and our relationships with the wider community.

BLACK LIVES MATTER