Diversity and Explorations Program

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October 27-29, 2020

Three days exploring everything HDS has to offer.


DivEx Online is a three-day introduction to Harvard Divinity School and our graduate programs. HDS is a vibrant, pluralistic community that uniquely enriches students’ opportunities to engage in study, praxis, and conversation across diverse experiences and with special attention to issues of diversity and social change. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to move this program online for 2020. To get periodic information about HDS and our programs, please complete our Online Inquiry Form.


The DivEx Online application will become available in mid-July 2020. Please check back then to apply!


Who participates?

Are you a college undergraduate? Are you passionate about social justice? Considering a career grounded in a commitment to diversity and social change?  Explore HDS at DivEx Online and learn more about how the study of religion, theology, and ethics will help you make an impact on the world.  

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The primary goal of DivEx is to increase participation by members of groups that have been historically underrepresented or marginalized in the study of religion. We strongly encourage applications from recent graduates who are students of color, first-generation students, and/or LGBTQ+ students, among other underrepresented groups. We define recent graduates as those whose undergraduate degree was conferred within a year of the application deadline.  

Please note that attendance in the Diversity and Explorations Program does not guarantee admission to Harvard Divinity School. Participants who are seriously considering applying to a degree program at HDS should contact the Office of Admissions to discuss the admissions process and the suitability of the program to the student’s future career and educational goals. 

Not being selected for the Diversity and Explorations Program will not adversely affect future application for admission to any HDS program. In fact, the program is not designed for students who may already have extensive preparation and robust understanding of the study of religion. Therefore, some students who may be well-qualified for an HDS degree program may not be ideal for participation in DivEx, which is exploratory by design. 

Eligibility Note: As the focus of this program is to increase the number of students that are underrepresented in the study of religion, we will only accept applications from students residing in the United States. International students—while an important part of the HDS community—are not considered historically underrepresented in the study of religion. Given this, we are not accepting DivEX applications from international students. In addition, preference is given to applicants who have completed at least one year of college. 

How much does it cost?

DivEx Online is completely free. We ask that applicants are able to be in a quiet, well-lit space with a stable internet connection during the three day workshop.   

How do I apply?

Applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Completed DivEx online application form 
  • Personal statement describing your interest in the program 
  • Résumé 
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor, career mentor, or faith-based leader
  • Academic transcripts 

Erika Carlsen, DivEx participant
“DivEx demystified Harvard Divinity School for me.”


What’s the agenda?

  • Network with Harvard Divinity School faculty and current students 
  • Engage in webinar discussions related to diversity and social justice, graduate study in religion, and the admissions process and financial aid 
  • Connect with others around the country who are passionate about diversity and social justice and how the study of religion can impact their work to change the world 
  • Most importantly, chat with current students to see if HDS is a good fit for you! 

Contact us

Email admissions@hds.harvard.edu at any time, whether you know you want to apply or still have questions. If you’d like to be connected with current HDS students, send an email to ask_students@hds.harvard.edu. We love to talk about DivEx!