For many of us, it was our dream for our entire lives to go to school here, which is why the reality of the mental health situation on this campus can be so startling.
By representing intolerance, bigotry and racism, Donald Trump and his immense success show us that all of the progress generations of activists have fought for can be swiped away in an instant if our generation does not stand up and fight back.
I believe that if our administrators take an active role in curbing the influence that Wall Street has on this campus, we will be that much closer to regaining our focus as a world class institution where world class leaders are made.
I believe that Trump could win not because of his iconoclastic personality and hateful, racist rhetoric, but because citizens feel alienated from the political and economic processes of the post-Recession world, because Fascism promises strength, and because people agree with Trump’s lofty goal to “Make America Great Again.”
Mental illness is a national epidemic, and remaining silent about it will not make it go away.
Undergraduates, alumni, faculty, potential applicants and donors to Harvard University, it is time for all of us to put Harvard’s administration “on notice.”