VOTE By May 16, 2023 for Candidates
Endorsed by Coalition for a Diverse Harvard
and 8 Alumni Organizations Committed to Racial Justice
for Harvard Overseers and Elected Directors
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MEET THE ENDORSED OVERSEER CANDIDATES (in ballot order)
As attacks on educational curricula and institutions mount, the need to elect Harvard leaders who will work collectively for diversity and racial justice – with each other and with us – is more urgent than ever. Harvard must, with others, counter national campaigns to reduce educational access and equity, erase history, and silence expression. On campus, Harvard has far to go on issues including Ethnic Studies, sexual harassment, faculty tenure and retention, and its 1650 Charter commitments to Native American students.
After an exhaustive research and review process, the Coalition for a Diverse Harvard is endorsing 11 extraordinary candidates. We are proud to be joined in our endorsements by these extraordinary organizations:
Coalition for a Diverse Harvard
First Generation Harvard Alumni
Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance
Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus
Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance
Harvard South Asian Alumni Alliance
Harvard Tamil Sangam Alumni
Native American Alumni of Harvard University
Read all the candidates' responses to the Diversity Questionnaire here.
In ballot order
OUR OVERSEER ENDORSEMENTS
Vanessa W. Liu*, A.B. ‘96, J.D. ‘03
Fiona Hill*, A.M. ’91, Ph.D. ‘98
Robert L. Satcher Jr.*, M.D. ‘94
Arturo Elizondo, A.B. ‘14
Luis A. Ubiñas*, A.B. ‘85, M.B.A. ‘89
OUR HAA ELECTED DIRECTOR ENDORSEMENTS (Meet them here)
Barbara R. Barreno-Paschall*, A.B. ‘07
Theodora Skeadas*, A.B. 12, M.P.P. ‘16
Rudy N. Brioché*, M.P.P. ‘00
Jason W. Young, A.B. ‘04
Yvonne O. Osirim*, A.B. ‘01, J.D. 07
Judith L. Norsigian*, A.B. ‘70
* Member of the Coalition for a Diverse Harvard
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 believe they will powerfully support Dean Claudine Gay as she assumes the Harvard presidency and also push the University to do better. We endorse them enthusiastically, and we need your support to get them elected.
To reach our endorsements, our Candidate Review Committee spent weeks:
Researching each candidate
Reviewing their Diversity Questionnaire* responses
Reviewing the Overseer candidates’ Harvard Magazine questionnaire responses
Individually interviewing all eight Overseer candidates, and
Reviewing their official ballot bios.
The Committee then met repeatedly to discuss each candidate’s experience advancing racial justice and equity and their potential to contribute to the Overseer and E.D. boards. Please note that we had to choose from many qualified candidates; we selected the same number of candidates as there are available seats in order to maximize the electoral impact of our endorsement. The Candidate Review Committee of Coalition for a Diverse Harvard found that all the candidates have made stellar contributions to their communities and professions.
Please VOTE online or by mail starting Mar 31 (it’s easy). Completed ballots must be received by 5 pm on May 16. Another strong showing by the Coalition will help us in our efforts to promote Ethnic Studies, race-conscious holistic admissions, faculty of color, and other issues related to DEI and racial justice.
Jane, Margaret, Jeannie, Kristin & Michael
Jane Sujen Bock, Margaret M. Chin, Jeannie Park, Kristin R. Penner & Michael Williams
Directors, Coalition for a Diverse Harvard
The 2023 Candidate Review Committee
Jane Sujen Bock, A.B. '81, Margaret M. Chin, A.B. '84, Laura Dumbach, A.B. '84, Kristin R. Penner, A.B. '89, Tab Timothy Stewart, A.B. '88, David Van Taylor A.B. '83, Rachel B. Tiven A.B. '96, Emily Van Dyke, A.B. '03, MPH '09, Itzel Vasquez-Rodriguez A.B. '17, and Michael Williams A.B. '81 (with thanks to Hyeryoung Rhee HGSE M.A. '22, J.J. Moore A.B. ‘26, and Muskaan Arshad ‘A.B. 25).