Harvard is a private institution and they can do whatever they want, but it won’t change how this is perceived.

Campus Reform reports:

Harvard taps Chasten Buttigieg for politics fellowship, despite lack of political experience

Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has been chosen to be a fellow this fall at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, despite his lack of political experience.

The Harvard Institute of Politics picks a “select number of prominent political practitioners,” who often lead discussions with members of the Harvard community who are mostly students. Fellows who participate in the program “often will lead at least one 90-minute study group during the week-long visit,” and receive a “modest stipend,” according to the university website.

“Chasten Buttigieg is an author and LGBTQ+ advocate, who received his bachelor’s degree in theater and global studies from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire and his master’s in education from DePaul University,” Harvard IOP says of Chasten Buttigieg. “He has worked as a busboy, dog walker, nursing assistant, waiter, cashier, bartender, and most recently a middle school drama and humanities teacher.”

Past fellows for the program have included former U.S. Ambassador to India “Tim Roemer; former Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN); former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge; former Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao; former Prime Minister of Haiti, Michèle Pierre-Louis; former Prime Minister of Great Britain, Gordon Brown and former Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou,” according to the website.

Buttigieg will be provided with a two-bedroom apartment in Cambridge for the duration of his time at the Institute of Politics, according to Harvard’s website, and will be expected to be at Harvard for the entire academic semester, which is 10 weeks. It’s unclear whether coronavirus has impacted the institute’s ability to operate in an in-person capacity or whether this year’s fellows will be remote.

 

 
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