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Panelists Discuss Future of Black Land Ownership in the U.S. at Harvard IOP Forum

Panelists discussed the ongoing challenges and goals of Black land ownership in the United States at a forum co-hosted by the Harvard Institute of Politics and the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project Wednesday evening.


HKS Reports More Than 50 Percent Drop in Black and African American Students Since 2021

The Harvard Kennedy School saw a more than 50 percent drop in enrolled students identifying as Black or African American in 2023 as compared to 2021, according to an annual diversity report released by the school Tuesday morning.


Indigenous Speakers Demand Harvard Return Human Remains at Radcliffe Conference

Speakers criticized Harvard for continuing to hold the human remains of thousands of Native Americans in its museum collections at a conference hosted by the Harvard University Native American Program and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study last week.


Hundreds of Harvard Protesters Stage ‘Die-In’ to Demand End to Violence Following Gaza Hospital Blast

Hundreds of Harvard students and affiliates marched to Harvard Business School and staged a “die-in” Wednesday afternoon to demand an end to violence in Gaza and express solidarity with Palestine following the al-Ahli Baptist Hospital blast.


Civil Rights Scholar Sherrilyn Ifill Discusses End of Affirmative Action at Harvard Radcliffe Event

Civil rights lawyer and scholar Sherrilyn Ifill and Harvard Radcliffe Institute Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin discussed the Supreme Court’s decision to effectively strike down affirmative action at a Wednesday talk at the Knafel Center.


AI Model Based on Harvard President Gay Allegedly Included Instructions Invoking Racist Stereotypes

ClaudineGPT, a generative artificial intelligence language model based on University President Claudine Gay, used instructions invoking racist stereotypes, the AI Safety Student Team alleged in an email to the model’s creators.


Former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Calls for National Asian American Museum at Harvard IOP Forum

Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao called for a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture during an Institute of Politics forum Tuesday, arguing that such a museum would help combat the rise in anti-Asian hate.


Harvard Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day with Rap, Dance, and Arepas

Harvard affiliates and attendees celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day in front of Matthews Hall, decorated with dozens of colorful, hand-crafted signs calling for Indigenous pride and an end to injustice towards Indigenous populations.


Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch ’81 Calls for ‘Infinite Hope’ at Second Annual MLK Lecture

Former Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch ’81 urged audience members to “never lose infinite hope” despite challenges facing America in her keynote speech for the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture in Sanders Theatre Wednesday evening.


Hundreds of Affiliates Sign Petition Calling on Harvard to Better Support Black Students After Swatting Attack, Supreme Court Ruling

More than 400 Harvard affiliates have signed onto a petition demanding University administrators take steps to better support Black students, citing last semester’s swatting attack against four Black students and the Supreme Court decision striking down race-conscious admissions.


Harvard Foundation Senior Director Sadé Abraham Departs Harvard for MIT

Sadé Abraham — senior director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations — is departing Harvard and will become MIT’s inaugural associate dean of advising and student belonging, the College announced last week.


Did Harvard Intentionally Discriminate? In Admissions Discrimination Suit, the Supreme Court Doesn’t Say

When the Supreme Court effectively struck down affirmative action in higher education last month, it made no mention of a claim that Harvard illegally discriminated against Asian American applicants — an allegation that had been at the heart of the case for nearly a decade.


Affirmative Action Struck Down: How Did We Get Here?

The Supreme Court restricted affirmative action in college admissions on Thursday. Follow The Crimson’s yearslong coverage of the lawsuit brought by Students for Fair Admissions against Harvard.


What Happened to the Push for a Multicultural Center?

Following the onset of the pandemic, some believe students have stopped asking for a multicultural center, even as activism supporting an ethnic studies department and race-conscious admissions has persisted. Activists are now beginning to revive efforts for cultural centers or a multicultural space, though many have different views on what they would look like.


Harvard Affiliates Protest Book Bans, Laws Against Critical Race Theory

Roughly 30 Harvard affiliates rallied on the steps of Memorial Church Wednesday afternoon to denounce the banning of books and the elimination of educational curricula on queer theory, gender theory, and critical race theory in parts of the United States.


After Meeting with Harvard Admin on ‘Swatting’ Attack, Black Student Leaders Say Demands Remain Unanswered

Senior Harvard administrators did not agree to the demands of Black student leaders during an hourlong conversation Friday about the University’s response to the Leverett House “swatting” attack but pledged to meet with the students again, according to three people at the meeting.


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