By Max Bibeau | USA
For the very first time since the school’s creation in 1636, Harvard University will have a class in which the majority of students are minority groups.
In a report to the Boston Globe on August 3rd, Harvard confirmed that 50.8% of its freshman class is nonwhite.
This statistic comes as no surprise to many, as Harvard has been consistently making efforts to expand the school’s diversity. The university recently released a statement, clarifying it’s belief that “to become leaders in our diverse society, students must have the ability to work with people from different backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. Harvard remains committed to enrolling diverse classes of students.”
The influx of minority groups on campus also seems to align with US Supreme Court cases on affirmative action, which have been pushing to increase the number of minority students on campus – even at the expense of better-qualified majority group students.
This is also consistent with other controversial decisions made by the school, such as their “Black Commencement 2017” ceremony which was an exclusively African-American graduation celebration. The commencement was meant to celebrate the success of minorities, specifically African-Americans, at a school which has historically been extremely elite.
This number is a drastic increase from last year, with 47.3% of last year’s freshman class being nonwhite.
Harvard is a leading proponent of diversity in education, and it can be expected that future classes will be increasingly more inclusive in nature.