Diversity


Scholars Spar Over Success of DEI in Higher Education at Harvard Safra Center Event

Four academics agreed it was important to protect diversity in higher education, but disagreed over whether universities’ diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives clash with academic freedom during a Thursday panel.


Coalition for a Diverse Harvard Endorses 5 Candidates for 2024 Board of Overseers Election

The Coalition for a Diverse Harvard endorsed five candidates for this year’s Board of Overseers election, an announcement that comes three weeks before voting begins for five seats on University’s second-highest governing board.


Habiba Braimah Appointed as Senior Director of Harvard Foundation

Habiba T. Braimah began her tenure as the new senior director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations late last month and will oversee the 38th annual Cultural Rhythms festival that kicks off Monday.


Black Alumni Group Demands Harvard Reaffirm Support for DEI Efforts in Letter to Garber

A group of Black Harvard alumni demanded that the University clarify and reaffirm its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives on campus in a letter to interim President Alan M. Garber ’76 and Harvard’s governing boards.


Cambridge Public Schools Officials Talk Hiring, Teacher Diversity at School Committee Meeting

As schools prepare to return for a new semester, Cambridge Public Schools officials presented their plans to improve staff recruitment and retention and increase racial diversity among teachers at a Cambridge School Committee meeting Tuesday.


HKS Reports More Than 50 Percent Drop in Black and African American Students Since 2021

The Harvard Kennedy School saw a more than 50 percent drop in enrolled students identifying as Black or African American in 2023 as compared to 2021, according to an annual diversity report released by the school Tuesday morning.


Education Experts Talk Admissions in the Wake of Supreme Court Decision at Harvard Ed School Webinar

Education experts discussed paths forward for colleges and students in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision effectively striking down affirmative action during a webinar hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education Wednesday.


Harvard Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day with Rap, Dance, and Arepas

Harvard affiliates and attendees celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day in front of Matthews Hall, decorated with dozens of colorful, hand-crafted signs calling for Indigenous pride and an end to injustice towards Indigenous populations.


Harvard Foundation Senior Director Sadé Abraham Departs Harvard for MIT

Sadé Abraham — senior director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations — is departing Harvard and will become MIT’s inaugural associate dean of advising and student belonging, the College announced last week.


In Photos: Affinity Celebrations for the Class of 2023

Harvard graduates from historically marginalized groups attended affinity celebrations on Monday and Tuesday, prior to Thursday Commencement exercises. At the ceremonies, students received a stole or commemorative gift created for their affinity group.


Leaving Legacy Behind

With the Supreme Court widely expected to strike down race-conscious admissions this summer, another Harvard College admissions practice — legacy and donor preferences — could be collateral damage.


What Happened to the Push for a Multicultural Center?

Following the onset of the pandemic, some believe students have stopped asking for a multicultural center, even as activism supporting an ethnic studies department and race-conscious admissions has persisted. Activists are now beginning to revive efforts for cultural centers or a multicultural space, though many have different views on what they would look like.


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