Harvard joins Georgetown University in addressing their ties to slavery. Scholars presented their research on slavery tied to universities across the United States at aconference held at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard  earlier in March. “Harvard was directly complicit in slavery from the college’s earliest days in the 17th century until the system of bondage…

Harvard University has named pop singer Rihanna its Humanitarian of the Year. Harvard’s yearly humanitarian award goes to “‘prominent public-spirited leaders” in honor of the late Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes, a beloved preacher, theologian and character at Harvard. Gomes was “one of the nation’s truly great preachers and one of Harvard’s truly great scholars,”…

For the first time in its 130 years, the prestigious Harvard Law Review has elected a black woman as president. Imelme Umana, a Nigerian-American from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will oversee the student-run organization that publishes the prestigious journal of legal scholarship. Student editors at the Harvard Law Review  make all editorial and organizational decisions and, together with…

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said increasing diversity on college campuses is key to diversifying society at large. “And why is diversity important? … For me, the answer is quite simple: It’s because until we reach that equality in education, we can’t reach equality in the larger society,” she said. “It starts here and…