Focus Group Invitation from the Review Committee

September 6, 2018

Dear Harvard College Students,

Please see the focus group invitation below from Professor Annette Gordon-Reed, the Chair of the Review Committee charged by President Faust to review the events surrounding the arrest of a Harvard College student last April. You can read more about the Review Committee in this morning's Daily Gazette.

Kind Regards,

Katie O'Dair
Dean of Students

Dear Harvard College Students,
I am writing to you in my role as chair of the committee that was charged by President Faust to review the events surrounding the arrest of the student on the evening of April 13, and to make recommendations to President Bacow regarding opportunities for improvement across a range of institutional activities. One part of the committee’s charge was to undertake “broad levels of student engagement.” As one part of that effort, we are writing to you today to invite you to participate in a focus group discussion. The goal of these discussions is to help the committee to better understand the range of perceptions, assumptions, and concerns that our student community has regarding safety, mental and other health resources, and the circumstances of this event. To ensure that participants feel comfortable being candid in these discussions, we will keep the names of all participants confidential. Each group will be capped at 15 participants.  
If you are interested in participating in a focus group discussion, please send a message of interest to If you are assigned to a focus group, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on when and where the discussion will be held. If you are not available at that time, please let us know so that we can offer the spot to another interested student. 
On behalf of the Review Committee, I thank you for taking the time to participate. We look forward to learning from these discussions, which we know will shape our eventual recommendations in fundamental ways.
Annette Gordon-Reed
Review Committee, Chair
Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History, Harvard Law School
Professor of History, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Harvard Law School
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