50 Harvard students occupied a campus building on Monday to protest the university’s decision to deny tenure to professor García Peña, who they argue should be part of a ethnic studies program they are also demanding. Over 4,000 students signed a petition that calls on the university to release confidential communications between Harvard officials regarding Peña’s tenure review.According to a report by the Crimson, Harvard students are up in arms over a decision to deny tenure to Professor García Peña, who teaches Romance Languages and Literature at the university. Harvard student protesters staged a sit-in protest in a campus building on Monday to draw attention to their concerns that García was treated unfairly. The students specifically allege that “prejudice” and “discrimination” were the motivating factors behind the decision to deny García’s tenure. According to the students, García should be involved in the creation of a ethnic studies department at Harvard. Students published a petition that has garnered over 4,000 signatures. The petition calls on Harvard to explain how they make their tenure decisions. The students claim, more specifically, that they want to know why Peña was denied tenure. The university’s refusal to make tenure decisions with transparency is premised upon anonymity…. Read full this story
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