Interior of a building on Harvard campus. Photo by Grace Z. Li | The Harvard Crimson
Interior of a building on Harvard campus. Photo by Grace Z. Li | The Harvard Crimson

Ethnic Studies and Disability Studies Go Hand in Hand

For a discipline that seeks to understand the experiences of up to one-in-four Americans and 1.3 billion people worldwide, there is a glaring lack of disability education on Harvard’s campus.


This academic year, only two Harvard undergraduate courses included the word “disability” in their title. In response to the lack of course offerings, in 2022, the Harvard Undergraduate Disability Justice Club called for the creation of a disability studies department.

Harvard’s lack of disability education is not unique, but its resistance to fixing it is. In 2023, UCLA offered a disability studies major for the first time, and campuses across the nation have created disabilities studies minors. Despite efforts from groups like HUDJ, these goals have yet to materialize at Harvard. Read more…


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