For the first time in history, more than 50 percent of incoming freshmen at Harvard University are minorities. If all graduate in the year 2021, it could also mean the first graduating class at prestigious Harvard with more than 50 percent non-whites.
Harvard University, founded in 1636, has been working to increase diversity among classes of students. In 2016, it's incoming freshman class was 47.3 percent minorities. This year, they have increased this number to 50.8 percent. What's more, their reasoning is not based on just legal standards.
Educating diverse future leaders
Although Harvard recognizes the need to be "consistent with the legal standards established by the U.S. Supreme Court,” the university has also expressed the importance of diversity in society and their role in ensuring that all students, regardless of background, have an opportunity to receive the education necessary to become future presidents, CEOs, and world leaders.
Harvard spokeswoman Rachael Dane said in a recent statement, "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.”
Read more about Harvard's Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion programs and initiatives by visiting http://diversity.college.harvard.edu/programs-initiatives