Legacy of Slavery Projects at Harvard Chan

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The Report of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, published in Spring of 2022, details the university’s ties to slavery and the slavery economy. The report also included a set of recommendations for how the University can take meaningful action in response to the impact on Black and indigenous descendant communities resulting from slavery and the slavery economy.

Harvard Chan School’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion has held multiple community forums to discuss the report and potential avenues for repair. Key questions included:  1) What did we learn? and 2) What does it mean to engage Black and Indigenous descendant communities? Members of the Harvard Chan community can review summary notes, presentation slides, and discussion prompts from those community forums here.

The Dean’s Advisory Committee for Diversity & Inclusion’s full committee serves as the Steering Committee for the Legacy of Slavery work, and is synthesizing those discussions and developing recommendations for the School.

To provide feedback or ask questions, please email us at legacyofslavery@hsph.harvard.edu

To learn more about the university’s efforts, please visit the Office of the Vice Provost for Special Projects web page.