Harvard Appoints Fourth Black Woman Dean

Photo by Stephanie Mitchell, Harvard University
Photo by Stephanie Mitchell, Harvard University

For the first time in its history, four of Harvard University’s schools will be led by Black women, according to the Harvard Crimson.

Professor Claudine Gay was recently appointed as the first woman and African American Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She is set to begin her tenure August 15.

“If my presence in this role affirms someone’s sense of belonging and ownership, then I think that’s great,” Gay said about her appointment.

Gay joins three other Black women in leadership positions at the University: Michelle A. Williams, Dean of the School of Public Health; Bridget Terry Long, Dean of the Graduate School of Education; and Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
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Kesi Felton


Kési Felton is a junior Journalism major from Atlanta, Georgia.She currently serves as the Content Director for Her Campus Howard and the Director of Communications for the Howard University Student Association. In addition to writing her own personal blog, she has written articles for The Hilltop, Walker's Legacy and Pretty Girls Sweat, LLC. Through digital storytelling, Kési hopes to amplify the voices and stories of underrepresented communities, beginning with Black women.

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