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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director Named

July 31, 2019
Kimberly Truong
Dr. Kimberly Truong already is working with with faculty, students, and staff.

Kimberley Truong, PhD, to focus on infusing DEI efforts throughout campus.

Kimberly A. Truong, PhD, has been named the executive director for diversity, equity, and inclusion at MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Dr. Truong, who was hired after a nationwide search, will head the school’s new Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). 

She stressed the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion being central to the MGH Institute’s mission to prepare health professionals and scientists to advance care for a diverse society. However, she also stressed that no one person is—or should be—solely responsible for these efforts.

“My goal is to work with everyone at the MGH Institute and integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into everything that we do,” said Truong, who most recently was director of inclusion programs at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “The IHP has a really great infrastructure because that language is written into the school’s mission, vision, and strategic plan. There are a lot of opportunities for collaboration throughout campus.”

MGH Institute President Paula Milone-Nuzzo said she welcomes Truong’s depth of scholarship, teaching, and experience developing programs. As an administrative fellow at the Harvard Office of the Assistant to the President on Diversity and Equity, Truong collaborated with the Harvard College Women’s Center, the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, and the Office of BGLTQ Student Life to support equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts at Harvard College.

“Kim shares our belief that diversity, equity, and inclusion are the responsibility of all members of the IHP community,” the president said. “She sees her role as providing leadership in helping us grow and learn as a community, which will be a significant asset to the Institute.”

Truong said she plans to start by reviewing the Institute’s current diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and determining how to guide and strengthen them, providing additional support for underrepresented and minoritized groups, and creating new opportunities to engage in learning about the issues. She will work closely with Leah Gordon, assistant director for multicultural programming and inclusion.

Truong is an affiliated faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness, and co-chair of the Association of Harvard Asian and Asian American Faculty and Staff. She is actively involved in public service as an appointed member of the Self-Determination Advisory Board with the state’s Department of Developmental Services. She previously served as vice chairperson and commissioner of the Asian American Commission of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

She has conducted research on access and equity issues in higher education, university student experiences, and higher education policy. A nationally recognized leader in research on the experiences of doctoral students of color with racism and racial trauma, Truong has been published in the Harvard Educational Review, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, New Directions for Institutional Research, and About Campus. She co-founded the Support Network for Asian American and Pacific Scholars, served on the membership committee of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Qualitative Research Special Interest Group (SIG), and was co-editor and treasurer of the AERA Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans SIG newsletter.

Truong earned a PhD in higher education at the University of Pennsylvania, an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a BA from Brandeis University.