Fighting COVID-19 Where it Thrives

Students @ Radcliffe
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Clockwise from top left: Oluwatobi (Tobi) I. Ariyo, Mary Galstian, and Sanjana SinghClockwise from top left: Oluwatobi (Tobi) I. Ariyo, Mary Galstian, and Sanjana Singh

This summer, Oluwatobi (Tobi) I. Ariyo ’22, Mary Galstian ’22, and Sanjana Singh ’23 worked with Lucie E. White, the Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, as part of a Radcliffe Research Team. The group contributed to the project “Structural Determinants of COVID ‘Hot Spots,’” which aims to map areas with higher outbreaks of COVID-19, identify vulnerabilities, and devise interventions. 

A New Voice of Leadership at Radcliffe

Students @ Radcliffe
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Courtesy of Shivani AggarwalCourtesy of Shivani Aggarwal

As a lead mentor for the Radcliffe Institute’s new Emerging Leaders Program, Shivani Aggarwal ’21 is working to create a leadership development and civic engagement curriculum that will connect local high school students to Harvard undergraduate mentors and the resources of Radcliffe and the Schlesinger Library. In addition to her role at Radcliffe, Aggarwal, whose classroom focus is integrative biology, is spending the summer conducting research on diversity and discrimination in the digital age as part of a Harvard Business School program.

Teaching Children to Be Antiracist

Harvard Gazette
Friday, July 24, 2020
Photo by Stephen VossPhoto by Stephen Voss

Scholar Ibram X. Kendi, an incoming Radcliffe Institute fellow, talks about his new picture book and how to start conversations about racism with children.

Putting Prosecutors on the Stand in Probe of Mass Incarceration

Students @ Radcliffe
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Courtesy of Chika O. OkaforCourtesy of Chika O. Okafor

Chika O. Okafor GSAS ’23 is a PhD candidate in economics at Harvard University. He earned a BA in economics (with honors) from Stanford University and a JD from Yale Law School, and he has also worked on local, national, and international policy initiatives, including with the Chicago Public Schools. With support from a Radcliffe Engaged grant, Okafor is studying the role of prosecutors in the US criminal justice system and their relationship to mass incarceration.

They're Used to Tapping. Now They're Talking.

The New York Times
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

In Ayodele Casel's video series, "Diary of a Tap Dancer, v. 6: Us," performers talk about what's on their minds—and dance a little too.

Statues vs. Systemic Change: How Much of a Difference Does Tearing Down Monuments Really Make?

The Boston Globe
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Tomiko Brown-Nagin. Photo by Rose Lincoln, Harvard Staff PhotographerTomiko Brown-Nagin. Photo by Rose Lincoln, Harvard Staff Photographer

Activists, scholars, and artists at the forefront of the anti-racist movement say that symbols can be an easy out for powerful institutions still resistant to undoing systemic inequalities. But taken as a whole, the growing collection of fallen symbols is a sign of true progress.

In Research on Feminism and Gay Rights, a Case for Unity

Students @ Radcliffe
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Courtesy of Morgan Melito

Morgan Melito ’21 is studying history, with a secondary in African and African American studies, and is a member of Harvard’s softball team. With support from a Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowship this summer, Melito is examining the relationship between second-wave feminism and the gay rights movement. Through archival research, she is evaluating the legal and activist legacies of the feminist reproductive justice movement and their effect on gay rights activism and the eventual achievement of foundational Supreme Court rulings. 

A Room of One’s Own

Harvard Gazette
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Bunting Institute fellows. Photo by Olive PierceBunting Institute fellows. Photo by Olive Pierce

The Equivalents follows Anne Sexton, Maxine Kumin, Tillie Olsen, Barbara Swan, and Marianna Pineda through the birth of the Radcliffe Institute and the modern women’s movement.

In Dark Chapter of Harvard’s History, Family Subplots

Students @ Radcliffe
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Courtesy of Mary McNeil

Mary McNeil (Mashpee Wampanoag) is a PhD candidate in Harvard’s American Studies program and a research assistant for the African American Trail Project at Tufts University. With support from the Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery initiative, which is anchored at the Radcliffe Institute, McNeil is examining the University’s connections to the slave trade by tracing its financial links to the enslavement of American Indians.


Legal Experts Say Supreme Court Ruling on Trump Financial Records Will Have Far-reaching Effect

The Boston Globe
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Tomiko Brown-Nagin. Photo by Rose Lincoln, Harvard Staff PhotographerTomiko Brown-Nagin. Photo by Rose Lincoln, Harvard Staff Photographer

Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin comments on the high court’s decisions regarding the release of the President's tax records.