Harvard’s incoming freshman class is majority non-white
Harvard University has been welcoming students for more than 380 years and, until now, every incoming class has been mostly comprised of white students. Through years of working to better diversify its student body, Harvard's classes have grown progressively more representative as time goes on.
Now, for the very first time, the esteemed institution's incoming class is a majority non-white.
"Asian Americans make up 22.2%, followed by African Americans at 14.6%, Hispanic or Latino students at 11.6%, and Native American or Pacific Islanders at 2.5%," according to the BBC. As a result, the incoming class of 2,056 students is 50.8% non-white, a slight jump from last year's 47.3%.
The timing of this news comes with added weight due to the Department of Justice's recent decision to investigate taking legal actions against affirmative action.
To become leaders in our diverse society, students must have the ability to work with people from different backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives," said Rachael Dane, a spokesperson for Harvard.
"Harvard's admissions process considers each applicant as a whole person, and we review many factors, consistent with the legal standards established by the US Supreme Court."
While representation is only a halfway point in he battle to true equity, it's still progress. Now lets hope Yara Shahidi and Malia Obama become the best friends we've always dreamed of.