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Leslie Jimenez First Gen/Next Gen Graduation Ceremony
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FGLI Students Celebrated in Inaugural First-Gen/Next Gen Graduation Ceremony

Harvard held its inaugural First-Gen/Next Gen Graduation Ceremony on May 23, a special commencement celebration honoring the achievements of graduating students across the University who are first generation, low income, undocumented, DACA or TPS recipients, or mixed-status.

Massachusetts Hall
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Harvard Names New HR Vice President Following Central Admin Departures

Harvard announced Wednesday that Manuel Cuevas-Trisán will take over as the University’s vice president of human resources following the departure of several high-profile administrators, including the school’s HR head.

Harvard College Admissions Visitor Center Lawn
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Supreme Court To Consider Taking Up Harvard Admissions Lawsuit During June 10 Conference

Supreme Court justices will discuss whether to take up a case against Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policies during their weekly conference on June 10, with a decision on whether to accept the petition from anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions likely coming as soon as June 14.

Ruth J. Simmons Commencement Address
House Life

Bacow Confers 1,292 College Degrees in Harvard’s Second Virtual Graduation; Speaker Ruth Simmons Urges Grads to ‘Be a Force for Inclusion’

Harvard awarded 2,440 degrees across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at its second consecutive virtual Commencement ceremony Thursday, including 1,292 degrees to the College’s Class of 2021.

Bacow 3 Years In
Central Administration

Bacow’s First Three Years ‘Colored by the Pandemic’

Three years into his term, University President Lawrence S. Bacow has weathered the worst of a pandemic and a fraught political climate for higher education under former President Donald Trump.

Covid Spring Move In 1
College

Harvard FAS To Expand Campus Housing, Host Exclusively In-Person Instruction in Fall 2021

Harvard will expand its undergraduate housing capacity on and near campus to accommodate “normal housing density” in fall 2021, even as it anticipates the largest matriculating class in its history, administrators wrote in an email to Faculty of Arts and Sciences affiliates Tuesday afternoon.

Climate Change Solutions
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Harvard Awards $1 Million to 2021 Climate Change Solutions Fund Recipients

Harvard’s annual Climate Change Solutions Fund awarded $1 million in funding last month to nine projects spanning the University’s 12 schools. The fund, which was founded by former University President Drew G. Faust in 2014, will help finance research initiatives focused on combating climate change and improving clean energy efficiency.

University Hall
Central Administration

Faculty Discuss Response to Epstein Report, Conflict of Interest Reporting

Harvard administrators outlined responses the University has taken regarding the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey E. Epstein’s ties to Harvard during a monthly meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Tuesday.

Dec. 3 Gallery 6
Central Administration

Grad Students Report Frustration with University In Union Bargaining Sessions

After attending bargaining sessions with Harvard for the graduate student union’s second contract, rank-and-file union members said the University’s bargaining team was resistant to the union’s proposed changes, especially on the topics of compensation and procedures for handling complaints of identity-based discrimination and sexual harassment.

Loeb House
Central Administration

Helena Foulkes to Serve as Harvard Board of Overseers President

Helena Buonanno Foulkes ’86, a former corporate executive who has held top positions at CVS Health and served as CEO of the Hudson’s Bay Company, will serve as the president of Harvard’s Board of Overseers for the next year, the University announced Monday.

Kevin Jura
College

Jura Wins Extension School Student Government Election, Commits to Transparency After Election Rules Dispute

Kevin F. Jura will serve as the next president of the Harvard Extension Student Association for the 2021-2022 term after defeating opponent Antjaun Finch in a runoff election.

Lawrence S. Bacow
Central Administration

Bacow Calls for Visa Flexibility, Increased Access for International Students

University President Lawrence S. Bacow urged U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to “ease the return to campus” for international students by permanently increasing visa flexibility in a letter sent Monday.

Harvard Falling in Higher Ed
Central Administration

Forty Percent of Surveyed Faculty Say Harvard’s Standing in Higher Ed Has Fallen

Over 40 percent of respondents to The Crimson’s survey of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences said they believe the University’s standing within higher education has fallen during the past decade.

Gund Hall Voting Booths
Central Administration

Hundreds Sign Letter Asking Harvard to Designate Election Day as University-Wide ‘Democracy Day’

More than 600 Harvard affiliates signed an open letter asking University President Lawrence S. Bacow to designate federal Election Days as instruction-free “Democracy Days” that would offer a holiday to employees and students and provide civic engagement programming.

Admissions & Financial Aid Administrative Offices
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Texas Files Amicus Brief Supporting SFFA in Harvard Admissions Lawsuit

The state of Texas filed an amicus brief Tuesday in favor of the anti-affirmative action group suing Harvard over its race-conscious admissions policies.

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