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March 17, 2021
Diverse Harvard Endorsements for Harvard Overseers and HAA Elected Directors
The need to elect Harvard leaders who will work collectively for diversity and racial justice – both with each other and with us – is urgent. With that in mind, the Coalition for a Diverse Harvard urges you to VOTE for the extraordinary candidates below when your online ballot arrives on April 1. We need them in our fight for Ethnic Studies; for the hiring, and retention of faculty of color; and for the creation of a campus welcoming to all students.
We are joined in our endorsements by: First Generation Harvard Alumni, Harvard Alumni for Black Advancement, Harvard Arab Alumni Association, Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance, Harvard Black Alumni Society, Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus, Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance, Harvard Progressive Jewish Alumni, Harvard South Asian Alumni Alliance, Harvard Tamil Sangam Alumni, and Harvard University Muslim Alumni.
The Overseer candidates we endorse are:
Raymond Lohier Jr., a federal appellate judge in the Second Circuit who is dedicated to equal justice for all
María Teresa Kumar, the co-founder/CEO of Voto Latino which works to educate and empower a new generation of Latinx voters
Sheryl WuDunn, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and consultant focusing on the inequality gap
Mark Carney, the UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance who is sounding the alarm about inequality and profit-driven decision-making, and
Yvette Efevbera, a Harvard Forward candidate who is a global health and equity expert.
These candidates have the strongest histories of advocacy and accomplishments on diversity initiatives and are best positioned to help Harvard be a more diverse, inclusive, and just institution.
We endorse them enthusiastically:
For Overseer (in ballot order):
María Teresa Kumar* MPP ‘01
Sheryl WuDunn* MBA ‘86
Mark Carney* AB ‘87
Yvette Efevbera* SM ’11, SD ‘18
For Director (in ballot order):
Hannah Park* AB ’13
Jane Labanowski* AB ’17
Tenzin Priyadarshi M.T.S. ’03
George Abraham Thampy AB ’10
Whitney S.F. Baxter* AB ’07, M.B.A. ’11
* Coalition for a Diverse Harvard Members
Click HERE for our full endorsements, bios of our Overseer candidates and to learn more about our endorsements process.
Thank you, and stay well.
Jane, Jeannie, Kristin, Margaret, & Michael
Jane Sujen Bock, Jeannie Park, Kristin R. Penner, Margaret M. Chin, & Michael Williams
Directors, Coalition for a Diverse Harvard
November 16, 2020
US Court of Appeals Affirms Harvard Decision
After the long wait for election results and as the trial for SFFA’s legal attack on race conscious admissions at the University of North Carolina had just begun, last week's 104-page First Circuit US Court of Appeals ruling in the Harvard admissions case – not even two months after argument – was welcome news. Jane Sujen Bock spoke for Diverse Harvard on the decision:
“For our 1,600+ student and alumni members, the diversity we experienced at Harvard has been vitally important to our education, careers, and lives. We are thrilled that today’s decision affirms that Harvard’s consideration of race in its admissions process – which is necessary to achieve that diversity – is consistent with Supreme Court precedent. It is impossible to view applicants in their full humanity without allowing colleges to consider the entirety of a student’s story, in which race may play a critical role.”
Our LDF attorney Jin Hee Lee noted,
“A race-conscious and holistic admissions process is vital to counteract the entrenched biases and barriers to opportunity that can disadvantage qualified and hardworking students of color with criteria like standardized test scores. Colleges and universities must consider the myriad ways a student applicant can contribute to the educational benefits of diversity, which most certainly includes racial and ethnic diversity.”
“In this time of such inequity and crisis, it is even more critical that students engage with a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives,” said Jeannie Park, president of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance and co-founding board member of the Coalition for a Diverse Harvard, in the Gazette.
HLAA President and CDH member Shirley Cardona made a critical point that this case has never just been about admissions at Harvard: “Now more than ever, we need to elevate diverse perspectives that will help serve as the bridge that will heal a divided world. The Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance celebrates this ruling as a major win for education, equity, and the rule of law. It is a strong signal to colleges and universities across the country that they can continue to do the arduous work of shaping diverse student bodies that elevate the learning experience for all.”
While we won this latest round in court, Edward Blum has already said he will try to bring SFFA v. Harvard to a changed Supreme Court, the SFFA v. UNC trial is happening right now, and attacks on admissions at other universities continue, aided by the Trump DOJ and DOE. SFFA and allies were, unfortunately, successful in defeating Prop 16 in California. From this failure to overturn the damaging affirmative action ban in California, we know the chilling effect SFFA’s lawsuits have had on public opinion about the race-conscious remedies needed to combat inequities in education, even as the effects of systemic racism and inequality have been so starkly revealed this year. There is so much work to do!
Thanks for your support, and stay safe.
Jane, Kristin, Margaret, Jeannie, & Michael
Jane Sujen Bock, Margaret M. Chin, Kristin R. Penner, Jeannie Park, & Michael Williams
Directors, Coalition for a Diverse Harvard