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Hundreds Sign Letter Asking Harvard to Designate Election Day as University-Wide ‘Democracy Day’

More than 600 Harvard affiliates signed an open letter asking University President Lawrence S. Bacow to designate federal Election Days as instruction-free “Democracy Days” that would offer a holiday to employees and students and provide civic engagement programming.


Divinity School Faculty Calls on Bacow, Harvard Management Company to Divest From Private Prisons

Harvard Divinity School faculty voted late last year to approve a statement asking University President Lawrence S. Bacow and the Harvard Management Company to divest Harvard’s holdings in the private prison industry, Divinity School Acting Dean David F. Holland announced Wednesday.


‘A Complete Slap in the Face’: Student Organizations Condemn Bacow’s Guidance to Call HUPD in Response to Racial Violence

A dozen student organizations signed onto an open letter criticizing University President Lawrence S. Bacow for instructing Harvard affiliates in an email last week to contact the University’s police force if they have knowledge of a “racist attack.”


Harvard Administrators Respond to Spike in Anti-Asian Hate Crimes, Atlanta Shootings

Harvard administrators responded to the rise in anti-Asian violence and hate crimes since the onset of the pandemic last year in a series of emails calling for the University to come together in support of Asian American and Pacific Islander students.


Inside Harvard’s Cautious Reopening Approach in the Year of Covid

Backed by deep pockets and a slew of in-house resources and expertise, Harvard has opted for a conservative approach to reopening that has kept on-campus case rates consistently low but left students scattered across the globe.


Harvard’s 2020 Lobbying Expenditures Top Ivy League, Focusing on Pandemic, Immigration Legislation

University President Lawrence S. Bacow and representatives from the University’s Office of Federal Relations lobbied the White House and Congress on issues tied to student financial aid, research funding, and taxes on Harvard’s $41.9 billion endowment. Last year also brought legislation related to the coronavirus pandemic and immigration to the forefront of the University’s lobbying activities.


Bacow ‘Hopeful’ Biden DOJ Will Back Harvard if Admissions Suit Reaches Supreme Court

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview Wednesday he is “hopeful” the Department of Justice will side with Harvard should the Supreme Court take up a lawsuit brought against the University by the anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions.


Bacow Puts Forth ‘Practices and Principles’ for Appointments of Harvard Officials

University President Lawrence S. Bacow defended the importance of free speech on campus during a faculty meeting Tuesday, but said that Harvard programs appointing individuals to an official role should “be prepared to defend why an individual is worthy of recognition” by Harvard.


Possible Remains of Enslaved People Found in Harvard Museum Collections

Following the discovery of the remains of potentially enslaved people in its collections, Harvard has formed a steering committee to catalogue and develop policies around the human remains housed in the school’s museums, University President Lawrence S. Bacow announced in an email to affiliates on Thursday.


Harvard President Bacow Defends Eliminating Pay for Most Idled Contract Workers

University President Lawrence S. Bacow doubled down on the University’s decision to stop compensating the majority of idled contract workers after Jan. 15.


Bacow, Garber, and Harvard’s 14 School Deans Urge University Affiliates to Vote

Ahead of Election Day, Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow, Provost Alan M. Garber ’76, and the 14 deans of the University’s schools sent an email to affiliates Friday morning urging them to vote and reaffirming the “values that bind us together as a community.”


Bacow ‘Comfortable’ With Not Designating Election Day a University Holiday

Despite over 1,250 signatures on a petition calling on University President Lawrence S. Bacow to designate Election Day — Nov. 3 — as a University holiday, he declined to do so in an interview with The Crimson Wednesday.


Bacow Launches Committee on Renaming, Taps Faust to Lead

University President Lawrence S. Bacow launched a committee Monday to form “general principles” for renaming spaces, programs, and professorships at Harvard that are linked to “abhorrent” activities.


HR Head Encourages 'Scheduling Flexibility' for Harvard Staff on Election Day

Harvard Vice President for Human Resources Marilyn Hausammann wrote to administrators Friday to ensure managers provide “scheduling flexibility” to enable staff members to vote.


‘There Could Be Nothing More Democratic,’ Bacow Says In Defense of Overseers Election Process

University President Lawrence S. Bacow defended recent changes to the composition of the Board of Overseers — Harvard’s second-highest governing body — in an interview with The Crimson on Friday.


Bacow Says Harvard Has Incurred ‘Significant’ COVID Costs, Including Tens of Millions for Tests

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said Harvard’s expenditures related to the pandemic have been “significant” — including “tens of millions of dollars” in COVID-19 testing alone — in an interview with The Crimson Friday.


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