Rangoli, homemade sweets, diya painting, henna tattoos, music, and a photo booth were just some of the highlights of the Harvard University IT (HUIT) Diwali celebration on November 4. What originally began as a small gathering among two teams in HUIT has grown into a popular HUIT-wide event.
Over the past year, HUIT has greatly increased its efforts to host multi-cultural events that celebrate the various backgrounds and perspectives of its diverse staff. These events take many forms and often include an educational and social component.
In February, members of the HUIT community celebrated Chinese New Year with music and a yo-yo dance performance. In June, staff gathered to celebrate Pride with an exhibit on influential LGBTQIA+ individuals in STEM. And to mark Hispanic Heritage Month, HUIT organized a portrait gallery with written reflections to highlight the rich diversity of experience, narrative, and identity of Latinx staff members.
Cultural events are an important part of HUIT’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DIB) and ensuring that HUIT is a welcoming and inclusive work place where everyone can thrive.