Harvard graduate students training in Latinx Studies and allies will boycott all Latinx Studies candidate meetings. This boycott will start with Prof. Tomás Jiménez’s events on November 17th and 18th.

We write as graduate students invested in Ethnic Studies, and particularly as scholars of Latinx Studies. After pausing its cluster hire in “the areas of ethnicity, indigeneity, and migration,” Harvard has resumed its job talks and interviews with short-listed candidates. As graduate students working in Ethnic Studies, we are incredibly disappointed with the manner in which this search has been conducted. To be clear: the short-listed candidates do not meet…

Over the past few weeks, we have been asked to give our opinion on the cluster hire. We want to be honest with students, community members, and candidates about our position.

We have been clear about our demands in the past: the need for an Ethnic Studies department; the critical place of students and community members in its formation; and sustained commitment to scholars of Ethnic Studies at Harvard. For us, the legacies of the beloved scholars we have lost in the last couple of years, and especially the legacy of Professor Lorgia García-Peña, cast an immense shadow on the…

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A protest sign at a HESC action that reads “Free People Free Minds.”

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We are in the middle of two global pandemics. One, COVID-19, has wrought over 120,000 deaths in the U.S. alone, disproportionately affecting Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities. The second, centuries-old anti-Black systemic racism, continues devastating communities through police brutality, mass incarceration, and unequal healthcare and treatment access. Thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest the many injustices that pervade every corner of this country. Police and prison abolition has been thrust from the so-called “radical” margins of discourse to the center of the public imaginary and active political debate. Students around the country are desperately urging higher…

Students at a Harvard Ethnic Studies Coalition x HGSU-UAW action hold a sign that reads: No Peña No Peace.

A little over three weeks ago, Harvard publicly proclaimed that it was suspending its search for “faculty specializing in ethnic studies” as part of a University-wide hiring freeze; their immediate and proclaimed reason for doing so — COVID-19 and the shocks it has wrought across many, if not all, global institutions — seemed reasonable, and perhaps unfortunately necessary.

However, only a few days afterwards, Harvard informed the public that it would continue its search for an Athletics Director, to be hired by the end of the academic year. The Athletics Director has now been hired.

We are not surprised; but…

(This letter was not written by our coalition, but by the undersigned group of faculty at Harvard. We are publishing it here with their permission to facilitate its widespread sharing.)

Dear members of the Harvard community:

We write as FAS ladder faculty who work and teach in Asian American Studies, Latinx Studies, and Native American Studies, and as the chairs, directors, and senior administrators of the programs and centers that support ethnic and indigenous studies research and teaching at the university, including the doctoral program in American Studies; Ethnicity, Migration, Rights; History and Literature; and the Charles Warren Center for…

On December 2nd, 2019, we, the Harvard Ethnic Studies Coalition, launched our latest campaign for Ethnic Studies at Harvard with a sit-in at University Hall. Mobilized by the administration’s decision to deny Professor Lorgia Garcia Peña’s tenure, we took over the building for 48 minutes, representing the 48+ year fight for Ethnic Studies on this campus.

Our demands were sent to President Bacow, Provost Garber, and Dean Gay in the form of a statement signed by, at the time, nearly 200 members of the Harvard community. …

Harvard Ethnic Studies Coalition

Students fighting for Ethnic Studies at Harvard University

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