Kimberly A. Truong, Ph.D. is the Director of Inclusion Programs in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In this role, Dr. Truong develops, implements, and improves programs that create opportunities for dialogue and the development of skills, behaviors, and knowledge about equity, diversity, and inclusion. The mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is to promote equity, diversity & inclusion within the Harvard Chan School and beyond. Dr. Truong is also an adjunct lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Starting in summer 2018, Dr. Truong will be working closely with Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Senior Advisor and Strategist in the Office of the President at Harvard University, to implement policies, programs, and practices to improve diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
Dr. Truong is Co-Chair of the Association of Harvard Asian and Asian American Faculty and Staff. Dr. Truong is actively involved in public service as an appointed commissioner of the Asian American Commission of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as well as an appointed member of the Self-Determination Advisory Board with the Department of Developmental Services of the the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Dr. Truong is serving as Vice Chairperson of the Asian American Commission in 2019-2020 term.
Dr. Truong is passionate about equity, diversity, inclusion issues in higher education as someone who came from an underrepresented background (first-generation college student, low-income student, and Southeast Asian American student). She began her career in this field 15 years ago so that she could help improve educational access and efforts to retain underrepresented students. Prior to joining the Harvard Chan School, Dr. Truong was an Administrative Fellow through the Harvard Office of the Assistant to the President on Diversity and Equity. In this role, she collaborated with the Harvard College Women's Center, Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, and Office of BGLTQ Student Life to support equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts at Harvard College. She initiated several programs, including the Diversity, (In)Equity, and Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference, Scholar-in-Residence Program, and Desserts and Dialogue.
Dr. Truong conducts research on access and equity issues in higher education, university student experiences, and higher education policy. She is nationally recognized for research on the experiences of doctoral students of color with racism and racial trauma. Her written works have been published in the Harvard Educational Review, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, New Directions for Institutional Research, and About Campus. Dr. Truong co-founded the Support Network for Asian American and Pacific Scholars. She serves on the membership committee of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Qualitative Research Special Interest Group (SIG) and is Co-editor of the AERA Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans SIG Newsletter.
Dr. Truong earned a Ph.D. in higher education at the University of Pennsylvania, Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and B.A. from Brandeis University.