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Daphne C. Thompson

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Sights From the HUDS Strike
Food and Drink

11 Arrested in Dining Services Protest

Cambridge Police officers arrested 11 people Friday who were blocking traffic in protest of recent labor negotiations between Harvard and its dining services workers.

Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Central Administration

Data from Thousands of Harvard Applications to Become Part of Lawsuit

​Application data for hundreds of thousands of people who applied to Harvard College will be given to a group suing Harvard for allegedly discriminating against Asian American applicants, the University told those students in an email Thursday.


Some Alumni Throw Support Behind HUDS Strike

Some alumni, who say they think the University is treating its employees unfairly, are pledging to withhold donations from Harvard and contribute directly to the union representing HUDS.

Ivy League FY2016 Endowment Returns Graph

With Narvekar’s Appointment, Seeds of Change at HMC

When N.P. "Narv" Narvekar arrives at Harvard Management Company, experts say, he will have his work cut out for him.

Divest Dismissal
Central Administration

Harvard Not Required to Divest from Fossil Fuels, Court Rules

Harvard University is not legally required to divest from the fossil fuel industry, a Massachusetts Appeals court ruled last week.

Ivy League FY2016 Endowment Returns Graph
Central Administration

Columbia Returns -0.9 Percent with Narvekar, Next HMC Head

​Incoming Harvard Management Company CEO N.P. Narvekar oversaw negative 0.9 percent returns on Columbia University’s investments during his last fiscal year on the job.

Central Administration

For Many Employees, Health Benefits Premiums Will Rise in 2017

Many of Harvard’s employees and faculty will see an average 7 percent hike in their healthcare premium costs in 2017.

College Finance

Harvard to Issue $2.5 Billion in Bonds

Harvard plans to issue more than $2.5 billion in bonds this week to refinance a portion of the billions of dollars the University borrowed after financial markets crashed in 2008

Central Administration

With The Atlantic's Coates, Faust Discusses Slavery at Harvard

​University President Drew G. Faust argued at a conference last week that universities have a responsibility to begin a public dialogue about the legacy of slavery on their campuses and in the United States.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - HMC Office

Columbia Endowment Chief Will Lead Underperforming HMC

Columbia University endowment manager N.P. Narvekar will serve as the next CEO and president of Harvard Management Company, taking the reins of the world’s largest university endowment at a time of instability, the University announced Thursday evening.

Returns and Endowment Size (FY2006-FY2016) Graph

A Tale of Two Endowments

Should Harvard abandon decades of established investment practices and, in short, start investing like Yale does? Can it afford not to?


Faust Extols HUDS Employee Benefits

With a potential strike looming, University President Drew G. Faust said in an interview Tuesday that she is “very proud” of the health benefits package that hundreds of Harvard’s dining services workers have protested.

Harvard University President Drew G. Faust
University Finances

‘Disappointing’ HMC Returns Will Pressure Budgets, Faust Says

The near $2 billion drop in Harvard’s endowment will constrain budgets, University President Drew G. Faust said in an interview Tuesday.

Massachusetts Hall

University Committee Will Study Diversity on Campus

​A University-wide committee of professors, staff, and alumni will begin to evaluate Harvard’s efforts to create an inclusive environment and recommend improvements, the University announced Wednesday—nearly a year after the College called for such a group’s formation.


Yale Earns 3.4 Percent On Investments, Beating Harvard

In a rough year for university endowments, Yale returned 3.4 percent on its investments in fiscal year 2016, beating out Harvard’s negative 2 percent returns over the same time period.