Beth Chandler to speak on Institutional Change at Harvard Kennedy School Conference


YW Boston President and CEO Beth Chandler will be speaking at the Truth and Transformation: The first step towards institutional change conference this October. The conference, hosted at the Harvard Kennedy School, will take place October 16, 2019. Beth Chandler will join her fellow presenters to discuss topics such as Culture and Policy Change Within an Institution, Racism and Institutional Change Through the Years, Anti-Racist and Structural Change from the Outside In, and Truth and Transformation in Organizational Change.

The conference is organized by the Initiative for Institutional Anti-Racism and Accountability at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, and co-sponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.



Wednesday Oct 16, 2019
11:00 am to 7:00 pm


This convening is open to HKS alumni, students, staff, and faculty, and invited guests.
Registration Opens September 4, 2019:


Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge MA 01238
NYE ABC, Tubman Building 5th floor


The Initiative for Institutional Anti-racism and Accountability (IARA) is a new initiative in the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School directed by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. The goal of this enterprise is to use research and policy to promote anti-racism as a core value and institutional norm. To this end, IARA proposes to further explore and examine how understanding and engaging with institutional history impacts organizations when forging a path forward for equity. While the field of racial equity and anti-racism is not new, it remains underdeveloped within the context of applied knowledge and pedagogy for organizational behavior and institutional change.