Save the dates: 25 - 30 January 2025
Professional Development Event
Implicit Bias in the Scientific Community
1 February 2023 • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM PST | Room 2000 (Level 2 West) 
Lead by Associate Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of Harvard University, Dr. Alexis Stokes, unveil the layers of implicit bias in the scientific community and explore how you can make a difference in changing the landscape.


Dr. Alexis J. Stokes is the Founder and Chief Consultant of Stokes Strategy & Consulting. She has over 13 years of experience working with non-profit and higher education institutions including Harvard University, YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Bridge Nashville Inc., Goodwill Industries, and Shorelight Education - Auburn Global. Throughout her career she has worked to not only increase college and career access but also create systemic changes to support the success of marginalized communities. Dr. Stokes currently serves as the Associate Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Harvard University, where she is charged with building community engagement and learning initiatives. Prior to this role, she served as the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). While in this role, she administered the School’s inaugural climate survey, spearheaded the development of a 5 year strategic plan, and welcomed the School’s inaugural cohort of post-baccalaureate scholars.

Dr. Stokes is a native of New Orleans, LA and Mobile, AL and an avid supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana, a Master of Education in Community Counseling from the University of Georgia, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University. She was awarded the Donald A. Gatzke Dissertation Award by the American Association of University Administrators for her work on “An Explanatory Model of First Year Retention”. Dr. Stokes is certified in Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and Unconscious Bias through the Cultural Intelligence Center.