Politics of Race and Ethnicity

Chaired by: Simone Abegunrin and Karla Alvarado | SAbegunrin@college.harvard.edu and KAlvarado@college.harvard.edu

Created in the fall of 2014, the Politics of Race and Ethnicity (PRE) initiative continued working this spring to create a sustained, nuanced, welcoming and informed discussion on the intersection of race, ethnicity and politics. Chaired by Jordan Alston-Harmon '17 and Osaremen Okolo '17, the group held weekly discussions throughout the semester on a range of topics, including race at Harvard, racial housing disparities in the United States, the legacy of the Civil Rights movement and a #blacklivesmatter versus #alllivesmatter debate. PRE also collaborated with other IOP programs, including the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, by participating in two relevant events: a panel discussion on “50 Years After the Voting Rights Act” and a screening of the new movie “Selma.”