According to the organizers of Friday’s meeting, attendees emphasized the need for the College to take stronger disciplinary action against Harvard College Faith and Action.
At the March 9 meeting, Davis said some administrators worried Harvard would be perceived as waging war on Christianity if the College punished HCFA further, according to four students in attendance.
Biblical scholar and queer rights activist Matthew R. Vines argued for a BGLTQ-accepting reading of the Bible to a crowd of around fifty College and graduate students Saturday.
The conference—titled “Resilience Through Love and Resistance”—drew students from across the College and Harvard’s graduate schools.
The College is working to debut a gender-neutral housing option for first-year students starting next year with the Class of 2022.
The Undergraduate Council passed a resolution denouncing the actions of religious group HCFA and affirming its support for the BGLTQ community Sunday.
Brunching across campus Sunday, many undergraduates said they opposed HCFA’s move to demote the student as well as what they called the group’s negative stance toward BGLTQ Harvard affiliates.
Harvard College Faith and Action will need to sever ties with parent group Christian Union in order to re-earn recognition from the College at the end of its year-long administrative probation.
Construction began in the spring of 2017 and the project was officially completed at the end of the fall, though both offices are still unpacking boxes.
Come November, the fences behind Grays Hall will be taken down to reveal two newly renovated spaces for College diversity offices.