Three days. Infinite possibilities. And it’s on us. 
November 4-6, 2014
Harvard Divinity School (HDS) is pleased to announce that the online application is now available for its eighth annual Diversity and Explorations Program (DivEx) to be held November 4-6, 2014.  This year’s HDS faculty speaker will be Mayra Rivera Rivera, Associate Professor of Theology and Latina/o Studies.  To see what some DivEx alums are saying about their DivEx experience, I invite you to take a look, and share, our new DivEx video

The application deadline is September 15, 2014. To refer a prospective DivEx applicant, please complete our brief online DivEx referral form or simply forward this inviting them to take these steps:

· Apply to DivEx

·Complete our online inquiry form to learn more about Harvard Divinity School

·Contact our office with questions at or 617.495.5796
The Diversity and Explorations Program is intended to interest students who are underrepresented in the graduate study of religion, with a particular focus on African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native American students. We welcome applications from talented undergraduates whose backgrounds demonstrate a commitment to issues of diversity, social justice, and the fields of religion, theology and ministry. Students who have already graduated from an undergraduate program and those who may be considering second career options will be considered if space is available.

Selected participants will be provided with transportation to Harvard Divinity School as well as room and board for the duration of the program.  The program offers an opportunity to explore graduate theological education in a variety of ways, including class visits, panel discussions, and formal presentations by faculty, alumni, staff and students.  

Thank you in advance for introducing us to future DivEx participants. 
Warm regards, 

Prudence Goss
Director of Admissions
Office of Admissions
Harvard Divinity School
14 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tel. +1.617.495.5796
Fax +1.617.495.0345

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This point can never be repeated often enough.

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Selenis Leyva on why Orange is the New Black should win an Emmy

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Attanya: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because I love science fiction and fantasy books, but I’m tired of authors treating dragons and robots and magic as more plausible than black and brown characters

Jennifer: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because… when I was 13 a white girl told me it was selfishthat all of the protagonists in my stories were Latina because she “just can’t relate to nonwhite characters.” She made me feel guilty for writing about people like me. 

Aiesha: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because…Black Girls are more than sidekicks or “sassy, ghetto friend”

Facts and Figures About Race/Ethnicity in YA and Children’s Lit:


Posting this a little late, but followers please take the time out to check out this post explaining the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign and more events to come over the next few days! 

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People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.

Watch the powerful Verizon advertisement to really understand what a little girl hears when you tell her she’s pretty.

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Secret city design tricks manipulate your behaviour

When Selena Savic walks down a city street, she sees it differently to most people. Whereas other designers might admire the architecture, Savic sees a host of hidden tricks intended to manipulate our behaviour and choices without us realising – from benches that are deliberately uncomfortable to sculptures that keep certain citizens away.

Modern cities are rife with these “unpleasant designs”, says Savic, a PhD student at the Ecole Polytechnique Federerale de Lausanne in Switzerland, who co-authored a book on the subject this year. Once you know these secret tricks are there, it will transform how you see your surroundings. “We call this a silent agent,” says Savic. “These designs are hidden, or not apparent to people they don’t target.” Are you aware of how your city is manipulating you?

In 1999, the UK opened a Design Against Crime research centre, and authorities in Australia and the US have since followed suit. Many of the interventions these groups pioneered are familiar today: such as boundary marks painted around cashpoints to instil an implied privacy zone and prevent “shoulder surfing”.

San Francisco, the birthplace of street skateboarding, was also the first city to design solutions such as “pig’s ears” – metal flanges added to the corner edges of pavements and low walls to deter skateboarders. These periodic bumps along the edge create a barrier that would send a skateboarder tumbling if they tried to jump and slide along.

Indeed, one of the main criticisms of such design is that it aims to exclude already marginalised populations such as youths or the homeless. Unpleasant design, Savic says, “is there to make things pleasant, but for a very particular audience. So in the general case, it’s pleasant for families, but not pleasant for junkies.”

Preventing rough sleeping is a recurring theme. Any space that someone might lie down in, or even sit too long, is likely to see spikes, railings, stones or bollards added. In the Canadian city of Calgary, authorities covered the ground beneath the Louise Bridge with thousands of bowling ball-sized rocks. This unusual landscaping feature wasn’t for the aesthetic benefit of pedestrians walking along the nearby path, but part of a plan to displace the homeless population that took shelter under the bridge.

So next time you’re walking down the street, take a closer look at that bench or bus shelter. It may be trying to change the way you behave.

More on the antihomeless spikes thing

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More Than Just a Flag

The World Cup is often portrayed as an event that brings a diversity of countries together, but it’s not just the teams, so much as the diverse people who make up each of those countries.

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New Fordham summer course in July in African and African-American Studies: Expressive Bodies: Race, Sexuality and the Arts 



Guardian photographer Tom Jenkins spent some time in the Homeless Workers Movement squatters camp less than a mile from the Itaquerão World Cup Stadium in a district of São Paulo, Brazil. Brazilians are angry at the billions spent to host the World Cup year, with protests clouding the start of the tournament. See more photos 


Why Do Millennials Not Understand Racism?




Diversity in books is incredibly important. Come in and add your reason for needing diverse books to our display. #weneeddiversebooks #ya #library

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LGBTQ* Contemporary History 

Ten years ago this week, Massachusetts becomes first state to legalize and recognize same-sex (similar gender identity and/or assigned gender) marriage.

Photo Source: All copied from Individual pictures sourced through Freedom to Marry and Lambda Legal.

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Rent-Regulated Tenants Excluded From Amenities

Separate and not equal, thoughts? 


Do you know the third most common language in your state?