Each Harvard Forward candidate will advocate for the Harvard Forward platform during their tenure on the Board of Overseers. Our policy proposals are designed to address both the symptoms and the causes of Harvard's insufficient response to the climate crisis.
CLIMATE JUSTICE & RESPONSIBLE INVESTING
INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE & STUDENT VOICES
Complete and swift Divestment of all University assets from fossil fuels.
More transparent and robust processes for developing Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines.
Increased support for climate-focused Research & Education Initiatives.
Reserving six seats on the Board for Recent Alumni Overseers.
Multiple yearly, open Board Town Halls that give students from all our schools a chance to be heard.
Semesterly presentations to the Board by the UC and HGC Presidents.
Questions about our platform?
ON THE ISSUES
While the Harvard Forward platform is focused on climate action, inclusive governance, and responsible investing, there are many issues of importance to the Harvard community.
HARVARD GRADUATE STUDENT UNION
HARVARD PRISON DIVESTMENT CAMPAIGN
HARVARD ETHNIC STUDIES COALITION
HARVARD'S CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE
Harvard has a responsibility to look after those who make the University run with their labor. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we stand behind all Harvard workers requesting pay and benefits security and adequate workplace protections, including access to necessary protective equipment and medical testing. While Harvard has agreed to guarantee payment to its workers through May thanks in part to an online petition garnering thousands of signatures, we urge the University to extend its policy for the length of their closure.
BLACK LIVES MATTER
Our campaign for the Harvard Board of Overseers is not about any single issue as much as it is about a shared vision of how we can leverage the power and privilege of Harvard to bring about a sustainable future and a more just and equitable society.
In order to create a sustainable future, we must dismantle systems of oppression. We remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, and other victims of white supremacy. We affirm that Black Lives Matter, and we believe that Harvard must do more to be a force for justice.
Before Harvard can truly act as a force for justice, it must stop perpetuating injustice. It must listen to the Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign and divest from the prison-industrial complex.
It must listen to Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard and divest from the industry behind the climate crisis, which most severely harms marginalized people—just as COVID-19 is most severely harming communities of color nationwide.
It must listen to and act upon the demands of the students, alumni, faculty, and staff who hold the university accountable for its past and present injustices. This means making significant systemic changes and committing to active anti-racism work as an institution.
We stand in solidarity with both the nationwide and Harvard-focused movements for racial justice. We are working to better connect with and uplift the efforts of racial justice organizers in the Harvard community. This includes working with organizers and stakeholders to bolster the Harvard Forward platform to explicitly include policy proposals for anti-racism efforts at Harvard moving forward.
While the Board of Overseers derives its name from its role in overseeing the welfare of the University, the term "overseer" cannot be separated from its historical context, which is deeply tied to the institution of slavery in the United States. As was the case with the term "house master" in the upperclassman dorms, the continued use of such a term is antithetical to Harvard's goal of creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for its diverse student and alumni bodies. That is why we wholeheartedly support the Coalition for a Diverse Harvard in their call to #RenameTheOverseers.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The Coalition for a Diverse Harvard* provides all Overseers candidates with a questionnaire focusing on diversity and inclusion. Here are our candidates' responses.
* In addition to Coalition for a Diverse Harvard, the questionnaire is sponsored by: Alumnae-i Network for Harvard Women, First Generation Harvard Alumni, Harvard Arab Alumni Association, Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance, Harvard Black Alumni Society, Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus, Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance, Harvard Progressive Jewish Alumni, Harvard South Asian Alumni Alliance, Harvard Tamil Sangam Alumni, Harvard University Muslim Alumni, and Native American Alumni of Harvard University.
This questionnaire is administered to all Overseer candidates and does not connote an endorsement from the Coalition or any of these groups.
WHERE WE'RE GOING IN 2021
Take a sneak peek at what's coming next as we expand our platform to more adequately address the issues facing the Harvard community.
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
SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTING
Divestment of all University Assets from the Prison Industrial Complex
Immediate 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