Harvard grad students say Cornel West’s departure would be a ‘devastating blow’ to scholars of color
More than 60 doctoral students at Harvard University are rallying around professor Cornel West, who threatened to quit last week after he said the administration denied his request to be considered for tenure.
West’s departure, the students said, would deal “a devastating blow” to all scholars of color.
“If Professor Cornel West, one of the most important intellectuals of our time, is not deemed worthy of tenure, we must ask — what is the inherent message Harvard is sending to generations of Black scholars and intellectuals?” the students wrote in a letter posted online Monday. “This is an urgent matter of equity and parity for the University.”