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An framed photo rests on the desk of Daishi M. Tanaka ’19

Calling Home: Undocumented Students, After the Election

Within his first 100 days in office, Trump hopes to begin building a wall on the southern border of the U.S. and repeal several executive actions of the Obama administration, likely including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people to live, work, and drive in the U.S. legally. Undocumented immigrants, at Harvard and elsewhere, are feeling fearful.

Defenders of the Undocumented

Hundreds Rally in Harvard Yard for Undocumented Students

Cheering and linking arms, about 200 people congregated on the steps of Widener Library Monday and called on Harvard to protect undocumented students after Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election.


Support of Undocumented Students Gains Momentum After Election

Donald Trump’s victory has mobilized more than 4,000 people to sign a petition calling upon Harvard’s administration to protect the University’s undocumented students.

Students of Color in the 2016 Elections

Among Students of Color, Anxiety Mounts About Trump

Donald Trump’s upset victory in the presidential election rattled Harvard’s campus, provoking a particularly strong reaction among students of color who feel they will be disproportionately targeted by his policies.

Center for European Studies

European Secondary Frustrates Advocates for Ethnic Studies

Some student leaders who have sought greater ethnic representation in Harvard’s academic offerings said they found the new European Studies secondary disheartening.

Harvard Undocumented

Harvard, Undocumented

Since the launch of DACA in 2012, young immigrants at Harvard and beyond have become increasingly open about being undocumented.

Student Groups

Queer Students and Allies Divided On Political Neutrality Policy

After the Harvard College Queer Students and Allies announced a new policy making the group politically neutral, BLGTQ students and allies, including a co-chair of QSA, denounced the decision and circulated a petition expressing opposition.

Laurel Ulrich

Laurel T. Ulrich

“I had the excitement of pioneering women’s history," Ulrich explains.


Pforzheimer House Begins Native American Fellows Program

Three visiting fellows in Pforzheimer House will lead talks and excursions related to historical and contemporary Native American culture


Rev. Walton Expresses Support for NFL's Kaepernick at Morning Prayers

Jonathan L. Walton voiced support for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has drawn criticism for sitting down during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

The Need for Affordable Housing
City Politics

With Bike Locks, Activists Chain Themselves to City Hall at Demonstration

Black Lives Matter activists and allies gathered to demand increased affordable housing levels in Cambridge.

Frank M. Snowden

Integrating Prep Schools and Punch Season: Frank M. Snowden ’68

Frank M. Snowden III ’68 was the first black student to join the Spee—or any final club—at Harvard.

Computer Science

CS50 Looks Ahead to Second Year at Yale

​After an inaugural year that featured impressive enrollment numbers and an unprecedented undergraduate teaching program, the staff of CS50, Harvard’s flagship introductory computer science course, is gearing up for its second year at Yale.

Extension School Protest
Extension School

Extension School Students Rally for Degree Name Change

A small crowd of students from Harvard Extension School gathered on the steps of University Hall Saturday afternoon to protest the degree name that will appear on each of their diplomas, arguing for a certificate more representative of their experience at the school.

Harvard Freshmen Proctors--Merrick Garland

Harvard Yard to the Rose Garden: Merrick Garland's College Days

As a pre-med freshman, Merrick B. Garland ’74 likely did not see himself going to law school, let alone standing at the side of the United States President in 2016 as the most recent nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.