Legal Battle: Harvard Excludes Black Grad Student

We are raising money on behalf of our peer, Philicia, who is a straight-A student in the School Leadership Program at Harvard's Graduate School of Education (HGSE). A School Leadership Program faculty member (publicly) made racist comments directed at Philicia and resigned within 72 hours. Philicia has experienced several acts of retaliation as a student in the School Leadership Program since his resignation, and the following is just one example: 

She is being punished because of her disability and her attempt to advocate for herself given the state of Harvard's non-existent office of Access and Disability Services. The retaliatory action taken by Harvard for her self-advocacy on this issue is prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. 

She has attempted to negotiate her claims with Harvard but has been rebuffed. Her only recourse at this time is to engage in what may be a lengthy and expensive legal battle. Any dollar amount you contribute will be used to pay lawyer’s fees in the Federal Court Case and ensure Philicia's limited resources as a first-generation student do not serve as a blockade to pursuing justice.  Our hope is Philicia is reinstated in the School Leadership Program as a result of the lawsuit.

If 1,000 people donate as little as $10, we can easily meet our fundraising goal of $10,000. We are hoping to raise the funds to file by 8/30/19. A petition signed by 80% of our peers in Harvard's School Leadership Program (SLP), Dr. Cornel West of Harvard's Divinity School and Dr. Marshall Ganz of Harvard's Kennedy School is linked here. 

We also ask for your support in holding Harvard’s Graduate School of Education accountable for claiming to be an institution that operates as an ally to the marginalized and promoting an inclusive learning space that has not been provided.  Please sign our petition on change.org linked here. 

A more descriptive sequence of events is linked here

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Fundraising team: Harvard Students (3) 

Harvard Students 
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Cambridge, MA
Leah Hassler 
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Nina Oropeza 
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