As program manager at the Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP), Merrill Amos ’11 will work with staff, faculty and area hospitals in developing and supporting diverse programming and opportunities for students and community members.
According to the office’s website, the DICP seeks “to advance diversity inclusion in health, biomedical, behavioral, and STEM fields that build individual and institutional capacity to achieve excellence, foster innovation, and ensure equity in health locally, nationally, and globally.”
For her part, Amos will work with Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership Joan Y. Reed in supporting the taskforce, which was established earlier this year to promote and support diversity throughout the school’s community. Amos will also support programs for community youth, which are offered to encourage students interested in STEM fields. In addition, Amos is assessing demographics and programming for Harvard’s accreditation reports, research that uses focus groups to foster inclusive policies and resources.
A women’s studies major, Amos holds a master’s degree in museum studies from the University of San Francisco. As an undergraduate, she was the music chair for Campus Activities Board, house manager for the Arts & Social Change House and a member of Women’s Collective and Pride Alliance. She previously served as a curator and educator at the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y., and as associate director of accreditation and institutional assessment at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Mass.
In these positions, she says she has had the opportunity “to formulate meaningful arguments, analyze problems and offer solutions, and communicate complex ideas to people at many different levels.” Amos says the creative and critical thinking skills she developed at HWS have been key.
“I think one of the biggest factors in building professional success is the ability to draw from one’s background and apply it in a unique and meaningful way,” she says. “HWS provided the perfect depth and breadth of education to allow me to do just that.”