For 50 years, the IOP has been a source of pride for the Harvard community. As its director, Maggie Williams not only carries its torch, but preserves its tradition as an essential forum for diverse viewpoints.
We know the Kennedy School of Government places great value on the real diversity of ideas stemming from a bipartisan and independent learning environment. We all benefit when Harvard's Institute of Politics is viewed as a premier forum for everyone.
The lack of diversity in the department, combined with this assertion, seems to imply that pure math is a talent possessed only by those lucky enough to be white and male.
The Crimson has always maintained its editorial and organizational independence.
To expand the size of the undergraduate student body, we would have to build more classrooms, add additional faculty members, expand our academic and health support services, and—because we are a residential college—construct new undergraduate housing.
Should Harvard inquire, I believe the evidence will show that the members of those societies participate to the same extent in the co-ed life of the campus as do other undergraduates.
But, for me, it is worth raising the point that is too often forgotten in these debates: that 25 years ago, it was already clear that exclusive social clubs are inconsistent with the belief, held by so many of us who arrive here from varied and diverse backgrounds, that Harvard's doors are open and inclusive.
Discriminating against students for legal activities they do on their own time, outside of the University, is not only unjust, it also is in complete opposition to the kind of free and open exchange of viewpoints that a university should promote.