To the Harvard College Community,
Earlier today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in cases against Harvard and the University of North Carolina that challenge the consideration of race as one of many factors in college and university admissions. These cases have proceeded despite 40 years of precedent and failed challenges in the lower courts.
While I cannot predict our case's outcome, I know one thing for sure: each of you belongs here. We would not be the vibrant and diverse learning community we are without every one of you.
Diversity is more than a word; it is a belief that we are better together, that everyone has something to contribute, and that our individual experiences strengthen and shape our present and future. Our diversity is a source of infinite possibility. Diverse learning communities are essential to the College’s mission of educating citizens and citizen leaders. I have seen the incredible educational benefits of the diverse backgrounds and perspectives you bring to our classrooms, residential community, and beyond.
I want to highlight the message below from President Bacow and thank him, FAS Dean Claudine Gay, and their predecessors, President Drew Faust and Dean Michael Smith, respectively, for their tremendous leadership and steadfast support of diverse campus communities.
We are grateful you are a part of this community.
Danoff Dean of Harvard College