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 Coalition for a Diverse Harvard

2019 Endorsements

for Harvard Overseer and Elected Director


The Coalition for a Diverse Harvard has endorsed 7 Overseer and 6 Director candidates based on our evaluation of the candidates' responses to the Diversity Questionnaire, their official ballot statements, and research conducted by the Candidate Review Committee. Diverse Harvard looks for leaders who will be proactive in helping Harvard be a more diverse institution and who have a history of advocacy and accomplishments on diversity initiatives.


Diverse Harvard enthusiastically endorses these candidates who we believe will best support campus diversity (in ballot order).  


For Overseer:


For Director:


All 18 candidates submitted responses to the Diversity Questionnaire sent to them by Diverse Harvard and the 13 other alumni organizations listed below,* and we appreciate their detailed and thoughtful answers. The Candidate Review Committee of Diverse Harvard found that all the candidates have made stellar contributions to their communities and professions.


We note that our research does not show that any of the 18 candidates identify publicly as LGBTQIA+ or have substantial experience in addressing LGBTQIA+ issues. This is an issue that we and the Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus will raise with the Harvard Alumni Association.


Paper ballots will be mailed by April 1. In addition, for the first time, alums will receive an email on April 3 with a link to an online ballot. Online votes must be cast by Tuesday, May 21, 5 pm EDT, and paper ballots must be received back in Cambridge by the same time.  


Please vote online or by mail when you receive your ballot. Another strong showing by the Coalition will help us in our efforts to promote Ethnic Studies, race-conscious holistic admissions, and other issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Thank you for supporting diversity at Harvard!




The Coalition for a Diverse Harvard Candidate Review Committee

Jane Sujen Bock '81, Sean Bolser '89, Margaret M. Chin '84, Laura Dumbach '84, Neimy Escobar '15, Kristin R. Penner '89, Debra Reed MBA '82, Nura Sedique MPP '12, Tab Timothy Stewart '88, David Van Taylor '83, Michael Williams '81




*Alumnae-i Network for Harvard Women

Coalition for a Diverse Harvard

First Generation Harvard Alumni

Harvard Alumnae of Color

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

Harvard University Muslim Alumni

Native American Alumni of Harvard University

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