Photo credits: The Harvard Crimson
History has definitely been made at one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the United States of America.
According to the Harvard Crimson, the school newspaper of Harvard University, four of the colleges at the elite institution will be headed by black women. The last of these landmark appointments will go into effect on August 15 and will forge a first-time ever reality in the northeast school’s 382-year history.
Claudine Gray (pictured far left) will be Harvard’s dean of the Arts and Sciences Faculty. “If my presence in this role affirms someone’s sense of belonging and ownership, the same way Drew’s appointment affirmed my own sense of belonging, then I think that’s great,” Gray said in her interview with the Crimson.
“And for people who are sort of beyond our gates, if this prompts them to look again and look anew at Harvard and imagine new possibilities for themselves, I think that’s great as well,” Gray continued.
Michelle A. Williams (pictured second right) became the dean of Harvard’s School of Public Health in 2016. Bridget Terry-Long (pictured second left) was made dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education this past April. This past May, Tomiko Brown-Nagin (far right) became dean of Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
John S. Wilson is a senior adviser and strategist for Harvard’s president on a special initiative concerning diversity and inclusion. He spoke with the Crimson about the progress he believe’s the Ivy League school is making on those fronts.
“To now be moving into a phase of Harvard’s life where people who don’t meet that profile are now empowered to advance Harvard, it just signals that Harvard is getting ready for a new future for itself and for the country and for the world,” Wilson said.