MC/MPA Summer Programming

MC/MPA Summer Programming

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We, friends and members of the Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration Cohort (MC/MPA) of 2020, are writing to express that proposed changes to MC/MPA summer programming undermine diversity, inclusion and belonging on campus goals, and by exclusively targeting students from developing countries is unjust.

We call upon Harvard leadership to take the following actions in concert with MC/MPA administrators, faculty and student leaders:

(i) The summer programming reprieve that Dean Elmendorf informed the MC/MPA class representatives is enacted (i.e., no changes are set in stone) for the 2020-21 MC/MPA cohort until a just process is completed;

(ii) An inclusive and participatory process informs changes for the 2021-22 MC/MPA cohort consisting of students, alumni, faculty and MC/MPA administrators stakeholders;

(iii) Survey data from the summer programs is released to the participants chosen to inform changes so that they are guided by evidence and data (i.e., step ii); and,

(iv) An institutionalized mechanism is permanently established with students, faculty, alumni, and Harvard administrators to inform MC/MPA programmatic changes in an inclusive and participatory manner to ensure that both academic excellence and Harvard's impact in solving public problems that no other institution can match, remain synonymous. 

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