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"In 1981, the president and deans of Harvard University established the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations with the mandate to “improve relations among racial and ethnic groups within the University and to enhance the quality of our common life.” In pursuit of this mission, the Foundation seeks to involve students of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds in the ongoing programmatic enterprises of the College and University and to highlight the cultural contributions of all Harvard students. The Foundation sponsors annual programs and activities that are designed to promote diversity, inclusion and equity in the interest of interracial, intercultural and inter-religious understanding and harmony in the Harvard community."

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Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, honored as the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year

Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, honored as the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year

September 17, 2016

On Saturday night a slight woman of enormous international stature let a Harvard audience in on a perk of her position: When she is asked to give a speech, the leader of Myanmar said, her staff provides her with talking points. Even better, for her lecture as the Harvard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year, Harvard provided her with a topic.

“[Foundation director  Read more about Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, honored as the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year

Portrait of First African American to Graduate from Harvard College, Unveiled.

Portrait of First African American to Graduate from Harvard College, Unveiled.

April 28, 2016

The walls of Annenberg Hall are lined with Harvard luminaries: University alumni, professors, and benefactors depicted in paintings and sculptures. On Thursday, a new portrait joined the array, that of Richard Theodore Greener, Class of 1870, the first African-American to graduate from Harvard College.

Greener was an outstanding Harvard undergraduate who won the prestigious Bowden Prize for elocution in his sophomore and senior years, and was a Class Day speaker at Commencement. A Stoughton Hall resident, he was well respected and went on to Read more about Portrait of First African American to Graduate from Harvard College, Unveiled.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi honored as the 2015 Humanitarian of the Year

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi honored as the 2015 Humanitarian of the Year

October 16, 2015

The Humanitarian Award, which honors the late Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes, Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church from 1974 to 2011, was presented at the Memorial Church on Friday, October 16, 2015. The recipient was the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi in honor of his excellent contributions to humanitarianism, intercultural relations and international peace

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