Some students—including a group of Latino undergraduates who issued a list of demands to administrators more than a week ago—have argued that Harvard should change the title, given the implications of the word “master.”
The report details three suggested areas of focus: training on student life diversity issues, accessibility and diversity of departmental offerings, and diversity among the faculty and College’s disciplinary bodies.
“Like many of you, I have been following the events and discussions on other campuses and across our nation about race, inclusion, and the value of open discourse,” Khurana wrote on Friday, praising Harvard students for participating in “these difficult, and sometimes, painful conversations.”
Peer counselors with the group Consent Advocates and Relationship Educators, or CARE, will lead the meetings, which a House-wide email—co-signed by Casey and House Masters Diana L. Eck and Dorothy A. Austin—described as “conversations.”
The changes come after students and tutors spoke out last year about Dunster’s lack of residential tutors who identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, or queer, prompting top College administrators to look into their concerns.
Loc Truong will serve as the inaugural director of the College's new Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, dedicated to supporting first generation college students, undocumented students, and foster youth.
Businesses located in Harvard’s Smith Campus Center, including local institutions like Al’s Cafe and the Clover Food Lab, must vacate their spaces in the next several months to make way for planned renovations.