Board of Overseers
Harvard’s long-lived divestment movement this year gained powerful allies among the faculty and placed supporters in the upper echelons of University leadership, but its ultimate goal pushing the University to completely divest from fossil fuel companies remains unfulfilled.
Harvard Forward, Fresh Off of Board of Overseers Wins, Sets Sights on 2021 With New Slate of Candidates
Harvard Forward, a student and alumni group working to end climate change and increase recent alumni representation within Harvard’s governance boards, announced their 2021 campaign Tuesday.
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.
Some Harvard alumni said they see recent changes to the composition of the Board of Overseers as a rebuke of the democratic spirit of the Overseers elections, while others see the nominating process as a necessary safeguard against special interests.
Three weeks ago, leaders of the alumni group Harvard Forward were “thrilled.” After months of petitioning and campaigning, they had elected three candidates to Harvard’s Board of Overseers, its second-highest governing body.
The Harvard Corporation and Board of Overseers approved recommendations that will limit the number of members of the Board of Overseers who are nominated by petition to six out of 30 seats at any given time.
A 20-page report on the election and function of Harvard’s Board of Overseers reveals new details about how the second-highest governing body leads the University, in addition to issuing recommendations about future Overseer elections.
For over a decade, student groups have worked to advance fossil fuel divestment at Harvard by meeting with University presidents and holding demonstrations in Harvard Yard. Now three of their own will sit on the University’s second-highest governing body.
Harvard alumni elected five new members to the Board of Overseers — the University’s second highest governing body — including four Black alumni and three candidates supported by the young alumni representation campaign Harvard Forward.
The 2020 Harvard elections kicked off July 1 after the University postponed its start due to the global coronavirus pandemic. It was originally scheduled to take place from April 1 to May 19.
In Wake of Alumni Criticism, Harvard Forward Co-Founders Advocate for Insurgent Campaign at Town Hall
The Zoom town hall followed a letter penned by a group of alumni, which included 10 out of the 13 current members of the Harvard Alumni Association’s Executive Committee, criticizing Harvard Forward’s campaign strategy and policy positions.
Current and Former Harvard Alumni Association Leaders Criticize Harvard Forward’s Board of Overseers Campaign
A group of alumni volunteers — including past and present members of the Harvard Alumni Association’s Executive Committee — penned a letter to other alumni criticizing tactics employed by the group Harvard Forward in this year’s Board of Overseers’ election.
Harvard Forward began the University’s election cycle with an ambitious plan to host events around the world, but with a public health crisis at hand, they have been forced to move their grassroots efforts online.
The Coalition for a Diverse Harvard is calling on the University to change the name of the Board of Overseers, Harvard’s second-highest governing body, because the term “overseer” historically referred to men hired by plantation owners to violently control slaves.
Harvard’s annual Board of Overseers and Harvard Alumni Association director elections will begin on July 1, according to University spokesperson Christopher M. Hennessy.
As protests against police brutality unfolded in the middle of a global pandemic that has claimed over 373,000 lives globally, representatives of Divest Harvard and Harvard Forward convened a livestreamed discussion Sunday afternoon.
Harvard announced in a press release Friday that R. Martin Chávez ’85 and Beth Y. Karlan ’78 will serve as the Board of Overseers’ President and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for the 2020-2021 academic year.
University Postpones Board of Overseers, Harvard Alumni Association Elections Until July Due to Virus
Harvard has postponed its Board of Overseers and Harvard Alumni Association directorship elections until July.
Harvard Forward — an alumni organization advocating for fossil fuel divestment — endorsed six candidates running for Harvard Alumni Association Elected Directors.
Along with 11 other alumni groups, the Coalition for a Diverse Harvard endorsed five candidates for this year’s Board of Overseers election and six candidates for the board of Harvard Alumni Association.
In the Face of Harvard Forward Challengers, Alumni Association Endorses Its Own Slate of Overseers Candidates
Meet the candidates the Harvard Alumni Association endorsed for seats on the Board of Overseers: Raphael W. Bostic ’87, Katherine Collins, David H. Eun ’89, Diego A. Rodriguez, Tracy K. Smith ’94, Miki Uchida Tsusaka ’84, and Ryan M. Wise.