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Concerns Over Harvard Policy Bring Jackson Visit

January 01, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Jesse Jackson said he will meet with Harvard University's president to discuss the school's diversity policy after reports that high-profile black professors may leave over a dispute with the administration.

The Boston Globe reported Dec. 22 that the rift began when Harvard President Lawrence Summers would not make a strong statement in support of affirmative action at a meeting with members of the Afro-American studies department.

Summers said he supports diversity and meant no offense. "It's a very unfortunate misunderstanding if my views have been perceived in other ways," he said.

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