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NEWS DIGEST: 11/22/2019


FAS Report Finds Harvard Police Did Not Have 'Malicious Intent’ During Interaction with Students of Color | Harvard Crimson

Faculty members circulated an open letter to administrators, alleging that HUPD officers created a “gratuitous atmosphere of intimidation and mistrust” when interacting with students in the class “Performing Latinidad” who were installing art in the Yard that had been approved by the administration.

My First and Last Day as an Undocumented Crimson Editor | Harvard Crimson

Laura S. Veira-Ramírez ’20, a Diverse Harvard member: From sanctuary campus to requesting comment from ICE, The Crimson has never prioritized the needs of undocumented students.

Undergraduate Council Votes to Support Act on a Dream Against The Crimson | Harvard Crimson

The Undergraduate Council acknowledged “concerns raised by numerous groups and students on campus over the past few weeks and [recognized] the validity of their expressed fear and feelings of unsafety.” Members of several campus groups have instructed their members not to speak to The Crimson unless it changes its policies.


Harvard Crimson: Stop Calling ICE for Comment

Numerous student groups and more than 1,000 people have signed this petition condemning the Crimson’s policy of seeking comment from ICE, “a government agency with a long history of surveilling and retaliating against those who speak out against them.”


An Open Letter to the Asian American Community

This open letter has been signed by more than 1,000 people and is still collecting signatures. The signers call on all Harvard Asian American organizations “to recognize our responsibility to advocate for immigrant rights, and more broadly, advocate for and alongside each other. “


Looking ahead, informed by where he’s been | Harvard Crimson

Prof. Joseph P. Gone '92, the new faculty director of the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP), is a social scientist who has worked for 25 years with indigenous communities to rethink community-based mental health services and harness traditional culture and spirituality for advancing indigenous well-being.


New first-generation Red Book helps bind a community | Harvard Gazette

Harvard’s inaugural observance of the National First-Generation College Celebration also marked the unveiling of the First Generation Harvard Alumni Red Book. First Generation Harvard Alumni president, Office of Career Services adviser, and Diverse Harvard member Dan Lobo: When I first came to Harvard, I quickly learned to hide my story. Telling our stories is a way to feel fully included in the Harvard community.


In Wake of Admissions Lawsuit Decision, Khurana Agrees Harvard Must Become Aware of Biases | Harvard Crimson

Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana “singled out the value of implicit bias training. . . . ‘I think figuring out how all of us become aware of the biases, stereotypes, and taken-for-granted assumptions that we have, and continually finding ways to be aware of that is something that has to happen at all levels of the institution.’”


Harvard Graduate Students Are Getting Ready to Strike | Harvard Magazine

“The administration has [until December 3] to reach an agreement on fair pay, comprehensive & affordable healthcare, and protections against discrimination and harassment, or we will go out on strike,” the 5,000-member union announced November 5.


Initiative On Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery | Harvard University

Announcement from Harvard President: "I am grateful to Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Radcliffe Dean, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, and professor of history, who has accepted my invitation to lead a new university committee composed of faculty from across schools and disciplines (members listed below), which will steer this interdisciplinary initiative, working in close collaboration with library and museum staff and community experts. Dean Brown-Nagin and the Radcliffe Institute will also anchor a range of programmatic and scholarly efforts within this new initiative, for which the University is initially committing $5 million."




Higher Education Needs More Affirmative Action, Not Less | Inside Higher Ed

Diverse Harvard Board Member and Prof. Margaret M. Chin: Advocating against discrimination toward Asian Americans and for increased representation must be done with and within communities of color that have suffered and still struggle with oppression, state violence and bias, both explicit and implicit. Asian Americans still confront systemic biases, from guidance counselors in school to managers at work.

A Civil-Rights Challenge to Testing Joins the College-Admissions Battle | The New Yorker

A lawsuit in California points the way to a different solution for achieving racial diversity at universities: a ban on the consideration of test scores. . . . scores correlate closely with parental income, parental education, race, ethnicity, and access to test-prep courses. Heavy emphasis on these tests in admissions drives down the proportion of black and Latino students at universities.

Why Diversity Initiatives Fail | Chronicle Review

"Despite decades of hand-wringing & costly initiatives. . . progress in most elite American universities has been negligible. African Americans and Hispanics, who are 31% of the national population, are just 4% and 3%, respectively, of full-time professors."


Harvard Forward Campaign Calls for Increased Representation on Governance Board | Harvard Crimson

Harvard Forward — a student and alumni group working to bring attention to climate change within Harvard’s governance boards — is backing a slate of candidates for the Board of Overseers on a platform of fossil fuel divestment and ensuring younger alumni are represented on the University’s second highest governing body.

Two families — one black, one white — shared a harrowing history. Then they met. | Washington Post

This family story of Harvard Overseer, former U.S. Education Secretary, and Diverse Harvard member John B. King, Jr. – now president of The Education Trust – is a compelling one about America’s complex history, slavery, resistance, resilience, and hope.


As an undocumented student, Dario Guerrero ‘16, a Diverse Harvard member, accompanied his dying mom to seek treatment in Mexico & then was barred from returning to the US. WATCH his award-winning documentary Rocio on Amazon Prime now.

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