As the Harvard Divinity School’s capital campaign exceeds the halfway mark, its hallowed Andover Hall will undergo a transformation into a central hub of activity for multifaith religion, academic study, and events addressing social issues.
Harvard Law School students participate in a meeting about the change of the Law School’s shield on Thursday afternoon. A student organization called “Royall Must Fall” created last year protests the seal’s alleged association to slavery.
More than two months after Latino students voiced a series of demands to Harvard’s central administration, student groups hosted a town hall with a focus on bridging gaps between what students say to be somewhat fragmented student groups.
Campaign organizer and spokesperson Ron K. Unz ‘83 displays university income statistics at the Science Center Plaza on Sunday afternoon. The “Free Harvard, Fair Harvard” campaign seeks to eliminate undergraduate tuition and make public how Harvard considers race in its admissions practices.
For the first time since the 2012 fiscal year, Harvard’s endowment grew at a faster rate than the national average for American colleges and universities in FY 2015.
Per Unz’s estimate, he had collected almost 300 signatures over a series of weeks—shipping petitions to alumni across the country—to earn a spot on the ballot for Harvard’s second highest governing body. He arrived in the Square to collect a few more signatures.
A group of Harvard professors and students from across the University has begun meeting to review Harvard’s Title IX policies and potentially recommend changes.
After taking the top spot in 2014, Harvard fell to second in a ranking of universities by donations. Stanford has led this ranking, compiled by the Council for Aid to Education, for nine of the last ten years.
After tense negotiations, Harvard and its largest employee union have reached a tentative settlement on a three-year long contract that comes nearly four months past the expiration of their previous agreement.
Former University President Lawrence H. Summers discussed recent campus discourse and protests about race at colleges across the country during an interview, criticizing “excesses” of political correctness on the part of students and administrators.
Elmendorf emphasized the importance of helping the school adopt modern teaching methods, fundraising for the capital campaign, seeing the construction of the HKS campus through to its completion, and keeping the cost of the Kennedy School low.
In the the midst of discussions across Harvard about historical legacies and race, University President Drew G. Faust said that Harvard should not begin renaming its buildings or titles en masse.
A group of 15 professors has begun searching for the replacement of Harvard Medical School Dean Jeffrey S. Flier, who will step down from his post in July.
2015 was a tumultuous year for Harvard. Final clubs faced immense administrative pressure to go co-ed, faculty saw a proposal to overhaul the College’s General Education program, and perhaps most consequential of all, a University-wide survey revealed what administrators called a “troubling” climate of sexual assault on campus. Amidst a fast-paced capital campaign and Title IX scrutiny, Harvard’s top administrators were called to respond to perceived racial injustice on campus and a graduate student unionization movement. Divest Harvard protesters even blockaded University President Drew G. Faust's office for a week. At the close of a particularly turbulent year, the Crimson looks back on the ten stories that most shaped Harvard in 2015.