#ITooAmHarvard is a project by Black students at Harvard to speak out about the racism that they experience in their daily lives as students. It will also be a play.

Pretty heartbreaking. These beautiful and bright students deserve so much better. Above I included some of the photographs (there’s many more) of Black women who are students there because I think it’s important to point out how racism is not only impacting Whites’ perception of their intelligence but also how White people approach their appearance as well, in gender-specific ways. This is heartbreaking to me albeit not surprising. The myth that working hard = happy payoff is a fairy tale. Racism is ubiquitous. 

I really wish them the best with their education and the ability to navigate these microaggressions and overt acts of racism. This stuff increases stereotype threat and impacts mental health and health which impacts performance. I want the best for them. Much love. ❤

Harvard University Announcement: No tuition and no student loans

by Harlem World Magazine

Harvard University announced over the weekend that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. In making the announcement, Harvard’s president Lawrence H. Summers said, “When only ten percent of the students in elite higher education come from families in the lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution.”

If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition.  [Continue reading at Harlem World Magazine.]

Shanelle Davis, a Jamaican student in New York, has made history by becoming the First Black Valedictorian for her high school.

“‘Shanelle, take up a book,’” she recalled her parents saying. “Education was stressed in our house. I had to get good grades.” Her parents, both from the island of Jamaica, couldn't afford a college education, but were determined that Davis, 17, would be the first in the family to earn a higher degree.

According to the online edition of The Queen’s Courier, the high flying 17 year old has been selected for the honour by Benjamin Cardozo High School and will thereafter move on to Harvard University on scholarships granted by the prestigious university and several other organizations. 

>> Congratulations Shanelle!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work! :) <<

“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid!”

“I think that issues of gender have been discussed widely at Harvard. But I think I was chosen clearly on the merits, and I wish to operate as president on the merits. I think, on one level, we might say that I can affirm that women have the aptitude to do science or to do anything, including being president of Harvard.”

- Drew Gilpin Faust, American historian and President of Harvard University, the first woman to serve as Harvard’s president. 


VIDEO: Watch how researchers are engineering new “smart bandages” for burn victims and others. These flexible devices can monitor and treat chronic wounds, and communicate the healing progress wirelessly: http://science360.gov/obj/video/e13f54de-0718-46cf-bed4-d32087890084/new-smart-bandages-burn-victims-others


Lecture by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: The History of The Image of the Black in Western Art Project at Harvard University

Harvard Accepts Record Percentage of Black Students to Class of 2018

Harvard Accepts Record Percentage of Black Students to Class of 2018

College admissions letters are out, and for the Class of 2018, Harvard University has accepted a record-high percentage of black students.

According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, of Harvard’s total acceptances for the Class of 2018, 11.9 percent are black, the highest ever for the university. The journal estimates that nearly 170 black students will enter Harvard this fall.…

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Natalie Portman’s Harvard commencement address is epic

“People told me that ‘Black Swan’ was an artistic risk, a scary challenge to try to portray a professional ballet dancer. But it didn’t feel like courage or daring that drew me to it. I was so oblivious to my own limits that I did things I was woefully unprepared to do. And so the very inexperience that in college made me feel insecure and made me want to play by others’ rules, now was making me actually take risks I didn’t even realize were risks.”

http://u.pw/1FJ424m via: upworthy


Harvard University and XVIVO have released this video of the inner workings of a cell. This is the most detailed and accurate depiction of proteins inside a cell that’s ever been made. Amazing stuff. Love seeing the jittery movements. These are slowed down so we can see what’s going on. 

n52_w1150 by Biodiversity Heritage Library
Via Flickr:


The Image of the Black in Western Art Project at Harvard University