OUR 2021 PLATFORM

Our 2021 platform grew out of Harvard Forward's initial 2020 platform and the thousands of conversations we've had with Harvard affiliates about what type of leadership they want to see from our University. If elected, each Harvard Forward candidate will advocate for this platform during their tenure on the Board of Overseers.

 

In the meantime, we are developing detailed and actionable policy proposals for each of our priorities by inviting input from members of the Harvard community who are leaders in each of these areas, both on- and off-campus.

 

Want to help craft our plans? Join us!

CLIMATE ACTION

INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE

  • Divestment of all University Assets from Fossil Fuels

  • Increased Support for Climate-Focused Research & Education

  • Fossil-Free Campus by 2030 & Cutting-Edge Green Campus Initiatives

  • Reserving Six Seats on the Board for Recent Alumni Overseers 

  • New Avenues for Student, Union, Faculty, and Staff Input

  • Increased Transparency around the Activities of the Board and Corporation

RACIAL JUSTICE

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTING

  • Divestment of all University Assets from the Prison Industrial Complex 

  • Creation of an Ethnic Studies Department & Concentration

  • Development and Implementation of University-wide Anti-Racism Initiatives

  • New Overseers Committee for Socially Responsible Investing

  • Robust and Transparent Processes for Handling Future Divestment Calls

  • Promoting Sustainable and Socially Responsible Reinvestment

HOW ARE THESE THINGS RELATED?

The Harvard Forward platform covers four areas that might seem disconnected at first glance. However, we firmly believe that all of these topics are inherently related. If we want to truly fix these issues at the root, we have to tackle them together. For more on how climate action, racial justice, good governance, and Harvard's money intersect with each other (and with everything else), we suggesting reading the following pieces by various Harvard alumni:

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson '02: "Racism Derails our Efforts to Save the Planet"

Anand Giridharadas, GSAS '16: "To Solve Everything, Solve Climate"

Vice President Al Gore '69: "Fixing Democracy to Combat Climate Change"

Geoffrey Supran, GSAS: "How Fossil Fuel Divestment Can Rewrite the Climate Narrative"