Diversity at Harvard

A friend is an alumni interviewer for Harvard. He sent me the Interviewer Guidebook for 2028.

Let’s keep in mind that Harvard was so passionate about the critical need for diversity that they fought all the way to the Supreme Court for the right to do what was ultimately found unconstitutional, i.e., select people by skin color. Here’s the team that the diversity experts assembled…

Could a Harvard graduate who questioned school closures, lockdowns, mask orders, and vaccine papers checks be an interviewer? No:

[you must disclose and will be rejected if] Your internet presence might be considered inappropriate, problematic or if other considerations might affect the perception of Harvard’s integrity. Many applicants Google their alumni interviewer in preparation for the interview.

[Advocating the liberation of Palestine by whatever means are necessary, on the other hand, is the kind of “free expression” that Harvard officially supports and, perhaps, the only freedom of expression that is tolerated at Harvard.]

Thoughtcrime on the Internet (why can’t these huge-brained Ivy League geniuses capitalize the public “Internet”?) is as bad as “You have been convicted of a felony”.

If your criminal record is thin and your Internet presence is righteous, you might be selected. You’re then reminded that “Harvard prides itself on being welcoming and inclusive” and to “Avoid making assumptions about applicants’ pronouns.” Also, that some of the 17-year-old applicants might be afraid of COVID-19 and therefore might want a virtual interview, but also that “Some applicants may not have a computer or smartphone”.

How’s the new skin-color-blind Harvard doing? Here are example reports from an alumni interviewer back to the mother ship:

Olivia spoke at length about her experience being the only student of color in gifted classes in elementary school, and one of only a few now in high school.

Sarah is a very accomplished young woman. She shared that her affiliation with the Klikitat nation, a North Pacific Tribe, is central to her identity… The majority of her time is spent serving elderly and disabled community members at a tribal nursing home.

Xavier’s most rewarding high school experiences have been his social justice work. He is the president of his school’s Black Student Union and has collaborated with his local NAACP chapter, youth council, and local elementary and middle schools. He shared that there is not a large African American nor Latinx community local to him…

What if an interviewer hasn’t been to reeducation camp lately?

10 thoughts on “Diversity at Harvard

  1. Sad to hear that Olivia attended “gifted classes.” She must not have attended school in the lands of equity (New York and Maskachusetts) because these types of classes have been rightfully eliminated there because they are inherently racist.

    • Digby: the alumni interviewer in, e.g., Des Moines, is there to tell the admissions office in Cambridge what an applicant is like in person, whether he/she/ze/they is Harvard material. In the case of Asian-American applicants, the admissions office in Cambridge then corrects the personality score.

      New York Times, 2018: “Alumni interviewers give Asian-Americans personal ratings comparable to those of whites. But the admissions office gives them the worst scores of any racial group, often without even meeting them, according to Professor Arcidiacono.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/15/us/harvard-asian-enrollment-applicants.html

  2. Maybe they’re trying to get dirty old men to apply by appearing easier on the eyes than the student body really is. At this point, lions would consider college education an act of public service where you donate money & time to further causes rather than gain any personal benefit.

  3. Phil, I didn’t earn a Phd. in statistics, but it looks like 100% of their “team” are pretty white women. Is it possible these are the only folks that are capable of graduating from Harvard these days?

  4. If Sarah spends most of time “serving elderly and disabled community members at a tribal nursing home”, wouldn’t admitting her to Harvard take her away from that valuable work? I’d pass on Sarah because her absence would hurt her tribal community.

  5. Those girls look like they are straight out of Pumpkin Spiced Latte meme. I guess in 20 years they’ll be living in leafy suburb calling the cops on people for random shit. “I worked at Harvard and this man is…”

    • Quote: “[you must disclose and will be rejected if] Your internet presence might be considered inappropriate, problematic…” Send pigeon mail.

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