Race and Racism HKS Course

Harvard Kennedy School Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad To Leave, Join Princeton in 2025

Harvard Kennedy School professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad, who taught the school’s flagship “Race and Racism” course, will leave Harvard at the end of the year to become a tenured faculty member at Princeton University. ​​​​​​​

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Student Life

Harvard Task Forces Release First Recommendations on Antisemitism, Anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim Bias

Harvard’s presidential task forces to combat antisemitism and anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bias released their first recommendations on Wednesday, urging the University to fund a visiting professorship in Palestinian studies for next spring and tackle a culture of exclusion and discrimination against both pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel students.

Afro Protest

Affirmative Action, Activism, and Afro-American Studies: The Class of 1974 Looks Back on Racial Progress

Between debate over affirmative action, the inception of an Afro-American Studies department, and the rise of student activism and groups like the African and African American Resistance Organizations, the Class of 1974 went through Harvard at a pivotal time in the history of race relations and Black students on campus.

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Central Administration

Harvard’s Next Presidential Search Will Face New Challenges Amid Attacks on DEI

Like it or not, the selection of Harvard’s 31st president will inevitably be viewed by key stakeholders through the prism of identity politics — and it’s like that more people will be disappointed than pleased.

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‘An Inflection Point’: Speakers Commend Encampment Protesters at Celebration for Arab Harvard Grads

Harvard affiliates honored Arab graduates — as well as 13 seniors who may not graduate at Commencement for their participation in the encampment of Harvard Yard — at a University-wide celebration on Monday afternoon.

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‘Untraditional Ideas’: Filmmaker Ava DuVernay Explores Caste and Loss in Film ‘Origin’ at Harvard IOP Forum

Screenwriter Ava DuVernay spoke about her latest film “Origin,” which is based on the life of Isabel Wilkerson as she wrote her award-winning book “Caste,” at a Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics Forum event on Wednesday evening.

Nikole Hannah-Jones at Legacy of Slavery Event
Central Administration

‘A Joke’: Nikole Hannah-Jones Says Harvard Should Spend More on Legacy of Slavery Initiative

Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and creator of the 1619 Project, slammed Harvard’s $100 million commitment to its Legacy of Slavery initiative as “a joke” during her keynote talk at a University symposium on Tuesday evening.

Channeling Grief Into Activism IOP Forum

‘Mourning into a Movement’: Family Members of George Floyd, Eric Garner Discuss Grief and Activism at IOP Forum

Family members of George Floyd and Eric Garner, who were killed by police, spoke about grief, loss, and activism at a Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics event on Thursday evening.

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Hoekstra Addresses Plagiarism Allegations Against Black Harvard Scholars, Condemns Attacks on Identity

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Hopi E. Hoekstra “unequivocally” condemned “attacks targeting a person’s identity” in a Wednesday interview.

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Amid Ongoing Dean Search, Harvard Kennedy School Affiliates Say Diverse Faculty Should Be Top Priority

As the Harvard Kennedy School searches for its next dean, some affiliates believe increasing gender, racial, and international representation among faculty should be a top priority for the school’s next leader.

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Student Groups

Habiba Braimah Appointed as Senior Director of Harvard Foundation

Habiba T. Braimah began her tenure as the new senior director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations late last month and will oversee the 38th annual Cultural Rhythms festival that kicks off Monday.

Harvard Alumni Association Office
Central Administration

Black Alumni Group Demands Harvard Reaffirm Support for DEI Efforts in Letter to Garber

A group of Black Harvard alumni demanded that the University clarify and reaffirm its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives on campus in a letter to interim President Alan M. Garber ’76 and Harvard’s governing boards.

The State of Black America IOP Forum

HKS Professors Discuss Academic Freedom, Issues Facing Black Americans at IOP

Three Harvard Kennedy School professors discussed issues affecting Black Americans and  attacks on academic freedom at an Institute of Politics forum on Thursday.

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‘Purely About Celebration’: Undergraduates Commemorate Black History Month

Harvard College students are celebrating Black History Month with a series of events thrown by undergraduate houses and affinity groups.

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One Month Later, Black Harvard Affiliates Reflect on Gay’s Resignation

Nearly one month after the resignation of former President Claudine Gay, Black Harvard affiliates said they were disappointed but not surprised at her decision to step down on Jan. 2.