As Fox undergraduates lobbied to admit women to their membership this fall, graduate board leaders struggled to toe the line with a group of other alumni who organized their own platform in opposition of the change.
Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana fielded student criticisms on the state of diversity programming on campus and promised Wednesday night to implement short-term initiatives outlined in a recent report on diversity at the College.
Those recommendations, detailed in an undated report from a group dubbed the “The Fox Club Task Force On Gender Inclusivity” and recently obtained by The Crimson, suggest that Fox undergraduates spent months planning its move to go co-ed.
Fox Club undergraduates contemplated how a move to go co-ed would change the dynamics of its membership, an undated report addressing concerns about the proposal shows.
An undergraduate recently received a Facebook message from an account bearing a name associated with racially charged death threats that more than 100 Harvard students received via email last year.
The graduate board of the Fox Club, one of Harvard’s historically male final clubs, shut down the organization’s house just weeks after undergraduate leaders added women to their membership and a day after a party there prompted controversy among alumni.
Bearing signs with the slogans reading, “we all deserve to be safe” and “our voices are strong and we will be heard,” undergraduates recounted experiences of sexual violence at Harvard.
The report details three suggested areas of focus: training on student life diversity issues, accessibility and diversity of departmental offerings, and diversity among the faculty and College’s disciplinary bodies.
The Crimson complied with a subpoena to turn over a “narrow” span of traffic logs to its website on Wednesday after one of its reporters received an emailed threat that referenced the unfounded bomb scare in and around Harvard Yard earlier this week.
Undergraduates are planning to rally outside Massachusetts Hall on Thursday and demand additional Title IX training, call for more funding toward sexual assault counseling resources, and share personal stories about sexual violence on campus.
In an email to club graduate officers, undergraduate president Coby C. Buck ’16 wrote that 31 of 36 undergraduates members in good standing with the A.D. oppose any changes in the club’s membership policy.
After inviting women to participate in its punch process earlier this semester, the Spee, a formerly all-male final club, has accepted some women as members and officially gone co-ed.
The forum, entitled “The Changing Social Scene at Harvard,” follows an increase in attention to social life on campus and the role of administrators in offering up open social spaces to undergraduates.
The Fox’s thinking, detailed by its undergraduate leaders in a letter to club graduates courting their support, seems to have evolved over at least the last year but accelerated this fall.
The Fox Club has accepted a group of junior and senior women into its membership, making it the second male final club this fall to move to go co-ed.