On Thursday, thousands of students, family members, and friends inundated Harvard Yard for the Class of 2022’s Commencement. On Sunday, tens of thousands more will do the same in celebration of the Classes of 2020 and 2021. An occasion of this magnitude demanded careful preparation, administrators say.
‘I Had to Speak’: Harvard Affiliates Decry War in Ukraine Amid Disappointment in University Response
Harvard affiliates with close ties to Ukraine or Russia were determined to support Ukraine following the February invasion by Russia. But their drive to speak out against the invasion has been coupled with growing disappointment in Harvard, which some students say has fallen short of its promises to support affected affiliates.
Harvard committed $100 million to reckoning with its ties to slavery, but advocates and descendants have questions about the unprecedented pledge.
Harvard University Executive Vice President Katherine N. Lapp will step down from her post this summer after more than a decade overseeing the University’s campus services, finances, and administration.
The National Labor Relations Board denied a petition seeking to decertify the union representing around 300 contracted security workers at the University, 32BJ Service Employees International Union.
Harvard committed $100 million to redress its ties to slavery after a historic report released Tuesday found that slavery played an “integral” role in shaping the University.
When Harvard released a set of proposed changes to its sexual harassment, non-discrimination, and anti-bullying policies two weeks ago, a new definition of consent was one of the key changes. While some student advocates welcomed the proposal as a step in the right direction, others have taken issue with its wording.
More than 50 days into the war in Ukraine, Harvard affiliates are still calling for more public action and concrete support from the University for those affected by the conflict.
Chanting “end the occupation” and “apartheid has got to go,” Harvard Out of Occupied Palestine protesters disrupted an event with Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Herzog, at the Harvard Kennedy School on Thursday.
Last fall, a massive security oversight allowed anyone with a Harvard key access tens of thousands of administrative files. Up until recently, a second data insecurity allowed Harvard affiliates to still view thousands of documents.
Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow on Friday pledged to listen to feedback on a set of proposed changes to University-wide harassment policies, adding that he hopes the procedures will be approved by the school’s top governing board.
Harvard released a sweeping set of proposed changes to its bullying, discrimination, and sexual harassment policies on Thursday — including drafts of the first school-wide non-discrimination and anti-bullying policies.
Tracy Pun Palandjian ’93, an impact investing leader and former member of the Harvard Board of Overseers, will join the Harvard Corporation — the University’s highest governing body — in July, the University announced Monday.
The Coalition for a Diverse Harvard — a network of Harvard affiliates dedicated to increasing diversity and promoting equity at the University — endorsed six candidates for this year’s Board of Overseers election and six candidates for the Harvard Alumni Association’s elected directorships on March 20.
Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center hosted a virtual panel on the highly publicized court case Commonwealth v. Eldred on Thursday afternoon.
In June 2021, Massachusetts District Court Judge Indira Talwani dismissed a class action lawsuit against Harvard University asking for partial tuition reimbursement for semesters with virtual classes. Nearly a year later, a new judge assigned to the case has revived it.
After Initial Sell-Off, Harvard Endowment Has Slowly Increased Number of Public Holdings Under Narvekar
The number of stocks in the Harvard endowment has slowly crept back up in recent years after the Harvard Management Company sold off the vast majority of its public holdings when N.P. “Narv” Narvekar took over as its CEO.
Harvard spent $560,000 in federal lobbying during President Joe Biden’s first year in office, topping the Ivy League for the fifth time in the past six years.
The executive director of the Harvard Alumni Association, Philip W. Lovejoy, will step down at the end of the calendar year, concluding a 20-year run at the University.
United States Senator Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-Ore.) and U.S. Representative Jamaal A. Bowman (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation last week that would ban consideration of legacy status in higher education admissions.
University President Lawrence S. Bacow reiterated in a Thursday interview Harvard’s commitment to academic collaboration with foreign scholars following the federal conviction of Chemistry professor Charles M. Lieber.
The Presidential Initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, launched by University President Lawrence S. Bacow in November 2019, plans to organize a series of events in the coming months before presenting its findings in April.
Harvard announced the nominees for the Board of Overseers — the University’s second-highest governing body — and for elected directorships in the Harvard Alumni Association Monday.
More than 160 Harvard affiliates have signed onto an open letter asking the University to share Covid-19 testing kits with Harvard-affiliated health care workers for the remainder of winter break.
At Harvard, 2021 was a year marked by change. The school’s long-awaited return to in-person operations injected new life into a campus that had been left dormant for over a year by Covid-19. And in an unexpected shift, the University announced its intention to divest its endowment from fossil fuels after a decade of public pressure. Separately, faculty controversies — including a federal conviction and a high-profile departure — ignited debates that rippled across academia. Below, The Crimson looks back at the 10 stories that shaped the last year at Harvard.