Politics of Race & Ethnicity Spotlight

Politics of Race and Ethnicity (PRE) students meet with Fall 2019 IOP Resident Fellow Latosha Brown.

Created in the fall of 2014, the Politics of Race and Ethnicity (PRE) program works to create a sustained, nuanced, welcoming and informed discussion on the intersection of race, ethnicity and politics. The group holds 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, current events, and much more. PRE frequently collaborates with other IOP programs to bring discussions about race and identity across IOP programming. In Fall 2019, PRE joined with the Black Students Association and Harvard Political Union (HPU) to cosponsor a debate on the topics of ethics, wealth, and taxation in America.

“For me, the best part of chairing PRE is the community. It’s a large program yet sustains a close membership. Every week, I walk away from PRE feeling motivated and inspired. Our members bring so many experiences and perspectives to the table that I’m honored to know them and to explore the intersection of policy, race and identity with them”

“In Fall 2019, we tripled our membership numbers from a year ago, and even doubled them from last spring. Corban has really pushed membership experience socially; we’ve delved into new collaborations and initiatives across the IOP and campus. Interactions with fellows across semesters, exclusive access to forum guests like Don Lemon, community action collaborations, and so much more that happens with our program makes PRE an incredibly special space within the IOP." – Mari Jones ’21, Co-Chair

“I love PRE because it is truly a collaborative and stress-free space within the IOP that’s open to all regardless of previous political experience. PRE really feels like a community and I have met and made friends with so many incredible individuals over the past semester as co-chair.” – Corban Rawls ’21, Co-Chair