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Alexandra A. Chaidez

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Central Administration

Bacow Says Harvard Prison-Related Investments Amount to $18,000

HPDC members and Divinity School students Megan B. Lee and Joseph M. Pinto met with Bacow during his official office hours last week. In addition to divulging Harvard’s $18,000 investments, Bacow also said the University does not have direct holdings in businesses that operate private prisons, per the release.

Printing the Mueller Report

Harvard Book Store Prints Copies of the Mueller Report

In a bid to satisfy Cambridge political junkies, the Harvard Book Store began printing copies of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s report on links between the Trump campaign and Russia Thursday, shortly after Attorney General William P. Barr released a redacted copy to the public.

Bacow Inauguration

Harvard Has 'The Law on Our Side' in Lawsuit Over Photos of Slaves, Bacow Says

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview Friday that he is confident Harvard is on the right side of the law in a suit alleging that Harvard unlawfully possesses and profits off two photographs of American slaves that are believed to be the oldest of their kind in existence.

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Harvard Kennedy School

Nancy Gibbs Appointed Faculty Director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center

Nancy R. Gibbs, the former editor-in-chief of Time magazine, was named the faculty director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy on Tuesday.

George Putnam Jr.

Former University Treasurer and Founder of Harvard Management Company George Putnam Jr. Dies at 92

The great nephew of former University President Abbott Lawrence Lowell, Putnam created the Harvard Management Company — the firm that oversees the University’s multi-billion dollar endowment — and served as its first leader, which greatly influenced how universities manage their endowments.

Bacow at Inauguration

Harvard President Bacow Says Fencing Investigation Included University-Level Input

Bacow said Harvard’s investigation is meant to account for potential “vulnerabilities” in its admissions process in light of the nationwide admissions scandal and the allegations against the fencing coach.

Divestment Forum

Bacow Makes Surprise Appearance at Harvard Fossil Fuel Divestment Forum

In a surprise appearance, University President Lawrence S. Bacow participated in an hour-long forum about fossil fuel divestment Thursday, an event he previously said he would not attend.

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Extension School

Lawsuit Alleging Illegality of Harvard’s Failure to Caption Online Content Moves Forward in Federal Court

After years of motions and hearings in a 2015 lawsuit against Harvard alleging the school failed to closed caption its public online content and provided inaccurate closed captions where they did exist will move forward in federal court.

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Mental Health

Harvard Provost Office Introduces Mental Health Task Force

Harvard’s Office of the Provost has created a new task force on managing student mental health that plans to evaluate and respond to an increase of reported mental health issues on campus, the University announced Tuesday.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - HMC Office

New Harvard Management Company Website Removes Divestment Information, Defends Natural Resources Holdings

Harvard Management Company updated its website within the last month to remove any mention of past instances of divestment and to include references to its protocols on its investment in land and agriculture.

Bacow and Divestment Protestors

Divestment Protestors Interrupt Bacow Talk at Kennedy School, Forcing Event Location Change

Over the past few months, the two campaigns — Divest Harvard and the Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign — have ramped up their demands for the University to divest its nearly $40 billion endowment from companies related to the fossil fuel industry and the United States prison system.

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Financial Aid

Harvard Continues Lobbying Efforts in Support of Federal Student Aid

Amidst renewed efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, University President Lawrence S. Bacow detailed his priorities for any future legislation. The Higher Education Act includes provisions for funding sources like Pell Grants, the Federal Work Study Program, and loan repayment plans.

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Coalition for a Diverse Harvard Selects Endorsements for Overseers, HAA Candidates

The Coalition for a Diverse Harvard endorsed seven candidates in this year’s Board of Overseers election and six alumni candidates in the race for an elected director position on the board of the Harvard Alumni Association Thursday.

Overseers Announcement
College Administration

Brown and Rosenthal Tapped for Top Harvard Overseer Roles

Michael H. Brown ’83 and Lesley F. Rosenthal ’86 have been elected the next president and vice chair of the Board of Overseers, Harvard’s second-highest governing body, the University announced Thursday.

Harvard Response to T9 Discrimination Lawsuit
Harvard Business School

Harvard Files Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Transgender Woman

Lawyers for Harvard submitted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a transgender woman who is alleging that the University violated federal Title IX law and Massachusetts laws by discriminating and retaliating against her after she reported an admissions officer sexually harassed her.