Harvard Student Paper Calls Out University's Liberal Bias, Pushes for Ideological Diversity on Campus
Harvard University's student newspaper criticized the school's liberal bias and called for greater ideological diversity on campus.
In an editorial, The Crimson argued that the conversation surrounding diversity and inclusion at Harvard has been dominated by issues of race and gender.
"While we should always strive for more conversation that focuses on addressing the unquestionably salient issues of racial and gender identity, approaches seeking to foster diversity, inclusion, and belonging at Harvard should be more comprehensive," the editorial board wrote.
The board noted that approximately 1.5 percent of respondents to The Crimson news staff's survey of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences identify as conservative or very conservative, compared to 83.2 percent who identify as liberal or very liberal.
"These statistics do not reflect America: 35 percent of Americans identify as conservative, 23 times the fraction of the faculty survey's respondents, and 26 percent identify as liberal," the board wrote, arguing that "stark divide" has harmful effects on Harvard's ability to train the nation's future leaders, and it also risks alienating current and potential conservative students.
The board called for the school to hire professors with diverse beliefs and backgrounds, and to encourage initiatives to promote conversations in which mainstream campus beliefs are questioned.
“By doing so, we expand the diversity conversation to make as many students feel as welcome as we can.”