Harvard University

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For the first time in this prestigious institution’s history, the incoming class of students at Harvard University is majority minority.

That has never happened in its 380 years of existence. The class of 2021 is 50.8 percent minority, and is comprised of Blacks, Hispanics or Latinos, Asian-Americans, Native Americans or Pacific Islanders, the Boston Globe reported.

“To become leaders in our diverse society, students must have the ability to work with people from different backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives,” Harvard spokeswoman Rachael Dane said in the statement. “Harvard remains committed to enrolling diverse classes of students.”

This milestone was close to happening a year ago as minority students made up 47.3 percent of the incoming freshman class, the publication reported.

This is a huge milestone for a university and an Ivy League system that has had trouble embracing diversity and seems to mark the beginning of a trend of more diversity in higher education.

But Harvard’s push to broaden the diversity of its student ranks comes as the Trump administration intensifies its focus on affirmative action policies and suggests it will investigate how colleges shape the racial makeup of their campuses. The Trump White House has directed the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate policies that benefit minorities and allegedly disenfranchise Whites. The president said the Justice Department is preparing to redirect resources from its civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against White applicants, The New York Times reported this past week.

The Trump administration came back and said it had no broad plans to investigate whether college and university admissions programs discriminate against students based on race and that it was looking into a single complaint from a coalition of Asian-American groups filed in 2015. The coalition filed an administrative complaint against Harvard University, alleging that Harvard and other Ivy League schools are using racial quotas that shut out more qualified Asians.

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  • SrAgri

    So, the US population is 77% white, but only represents 41% of Harvard’s incoming class. Will there be marches? riots? demonstrations?

  • Joe wheeler

    That’s RACIST affirmative action for you. half probably don’t even belong there to begin with…

    • ktr108

      Without affirmative action for whites, Harvard and all other elite schools would be 90% Asian. They call it “well roundedness” aka affirmative action for whites. Same method they used to keep Jews and other hard working immigrants out of Harvard and other elite schools in the 20th century in favor of WASPS (white anglo saxon protestant). Talk about who doesn’t belong there.

  • Tommy Lewis

    These numbers are false. It has been proven that caucasians are somewhat falsely putting themselves down as minorities by claiming that a relative in their family tree was a minority. By doing that they are able to qualify for grants, scholarships, and get admittance that they would not have been able to qualify for. Not to mention that white women are also considered minorities under the Affirmative Action Law. It’s nothing new and its been going on since the beginning of affirmative action laws fell into place. Especially if we look at how many caucasians have taken land by claiming to be Native American. It’s all permissible within the law. I wish these journalist would get their facts straight. So no the incoming class is not really a majority of race minorities. I’m sure it will be a long time before that ever happens.