Diversity and Inclusion

Harvard Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures affirms the evidence-based consensus that ‘Celtic’ is a linguistic category describing a group of languages both ancient and modern. By extension, the term may refer to oral traditions and literatures in those languages, and to other cultural formations closely associated with those languages. There is no essential genetic ‘Celtic’ identity, nor is any ethnicity or group of ethnicities entitled to a privileged position within the field. Certain symbols associated with medieval Ireland and loosely identified as ‘Celtic’ have been appropriated by groups asserting the supremacy of persons with white skin. We repudiate this appropriation in the strongest possible terms.

We are committed in our teaching and research to dispelling the notion that responsible Celtic studies can in any way privilege or essentialize whiteness. We offer a warm welcome to anyone, regardless of skin color, country of origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other aspect of identity, who is interested in the Celtic languages and their literatures.

Harvard has resources that educate members of the Harvard community about equity and inclusion, offers support for those who are experiencing issues related to identity and belonging, and hosts events and programs that foster dialogue and engagement around diversity.


The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations


Office of  BGLTQ Student Life


First Generation and Low Income Student Support


Diversity and Inclusion at GSAS


Office of Sexual Assault and Response


Diversity and Peer Educators


Harvard College Women's Center


Title IX Office


Harvard Resources on Immigration




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