Mission and Priorities

Updated 15 March 2021

Vision

To innovate and excel in creating and passing on social science knowledge, with the goal of enriching our understanding of human society and relationships and improving people’s lives.

Mission

Leveraging our distinctive faculty and other unparalleled assets to engage and powerfully respond to the challenges and opportunities of our times, including social injustice, inequality, threats to democratic institutions, global warming, and more.

Values

We are dedicated to inclusive excellence, which derives from our strong commitment to:

  • academic freedom and the pursuit of truth
  • reliance on reason and evidence as the basis for knowledge and social action
  • diversity in all its forms
  • a culture of transparency, equity and collegiality

Strategy

  1. Recruit the best scholars to Harvard and retain them by ensuring they have the resources and community they need to be productive and thrive.
  2. Enable transformative learning experiences for our undergraduate and graduate students.
  3. Leverage our research centers, museums, institutes, and archives to enable cutting-edge scholarship and teaching.
  4. Promote cross-disciplinary initiatives designed to explore and respond to issues of broad societal import.
  5. Diversify our faculty and staff, and ensure an inclusive, respectful, and healthy workplace culture that allows all individuals to perform to the best of their ability.