Kris King, a graduating Harvard student and wheelchair user, gives the student address at the disabilities affinity graduation ceremony. Photo by By Addison Y. Liu | The Harvard Crimson
Kris King, a graduating Harvard student and wheelchair user, gives the student address at the disabilities affinity graduation ceremony. Photo by By Addison Y. Liu | The Harvard Crimson

Belonging at Harvard: Moving Beyond Acceptance

Harvard is neither recognizing nor acting on the best practices for building places where students can actually be themselves.


When I set foot on Harvard’s campus in 2019, I identified as cisgender lesbian and never would have claimed disability. Today, I graduate as a transmasculine, Autistic, physically disabled athlete and activist: a truer version of myself than I could have dreamed of my freshman year.

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action, Harvard has come under scrutiny for its admissions model, which reduces diverse students to numbers and checked boxes — x percent this and y percent that.

If Harvard hopes to develop us into leaders though, they must account for us as whole, changing people. We must be made to feel like we belong throughout our time on campus. Read more…


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