“Year after year, we have been telling administrators that LGBTQ people need better supports”
Anyone want to bet the term ‘fellow’ eventually gets protested here?
Campus Reform reports:
Harvard hires to ‘address needs of the LGBTQ+ community’
Harvard University will hire a paid fellow to assist with outreach to the LGBT community in the spring 2019 semester.
The decision comes after years of requests by student groups to allocate more resources to making LGBT students feel more welcome on campus, according to The Harvard Crimson. Harvard has not yet disclosed the “BGLTQ” fellowship’s salary.
Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences made the choice to hire such a fellow following the decisions of other prestigious American institutions, including, Yale, Brown, MIT, and Princeton, to hire fellows with similar objectives.
An LGBTQ student group at the graduate school advocated for the recruitment of the fellow.
“Year after year, we have been telling administrators that LGBTQ people need better supports,” LGBTQ@GSAS asserted in a statement posted to its Facebook page in April. “Among other things, we have been requesting that Harvard fund a staff person to address the needs of the LGBTQ+ community, as other universities do as a matter of course. Every year they refuse, claiming a flat budget.”
“The Office for Diversity and Minority Affairs offers some monetary support to LGBTQ@GSAS, a model which relies on unpaid, volunteer student labor and initiative, and costs a fraction of what a full-time position for a staff person would,” the group continued.
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