Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Johandys Comas (right) talks with beach goer Randy Botelho about the beach closing down, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. Lynne Sladky / AP Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Duval County already planned to open its beaches and did so Friday with restricted hours, 6-11 a.m. and 5-8 p.m., for walking, biking, hiking, fishing, running, swimming, pet-walking and surfing; anything but sitting and sunbathing.Beach gatherings of 50 or more people are prohibited, as are chairs and coolers, and social distancing protocols remain in place on Duval beaches.“Folks, this could be the beginning of the pathway back to normal life, but please respect and follow these limitations,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry tweeted. “We’ll get back to life as we know it, but we must be patient. Don’t ruin this for everyone.”St. Johns County announced Friday its beaches will open daily beginning Saturday from 6 a.m. to noon for walking, running, surfing, biking, fishing, exercise and swimming.“Walk to exercise not to socialize,” Florida Department of Health St. Johns County Health Officer Dr. Dawn C. Allicock said. “As long as individuals adhere to the CDC guidelines of social distancing, getting exercise and fresh air can be beneficial for our citizens’ physical and mental health.”St. Johns County Administrator Hunter Conrad cautioned residents to tread carefully and adhere to social distancing protocols.“We are urging all who use the beach to follow the restrictions in place,” Conrad said. “Our hope is this becomes a great mental health release for so many and becomes the first step of many in the coming weeks and months in our return to normal life.” By John Haughey | The Center SquareGov. Ron DeSantis said Friday that Sunshine State beaches and parks should reopen if municipal governments deem it safe to do so. Please enter your name here Nearly all Florida beaches have been placed off-limits by municipal governments, although those in several Panhandle counties remain open. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear TAGSCOVID-19Florida BeachesGovernor DeSantisRestrictionsThe Center Square Previous articleOrange County latest update: Task force formed to help reopen business, virtual pet adoptions, and moreNext articleAdventHealth to open new drive-up COVID-19 testing in Sanford Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Volusia County beaches, which includes Daytona Beach, remain open for anything other than sitting and sunbathing while Monroe and Brevard county beaches are open to residents only.DeSantis has been criticized – and sued – for not issuing a statewide beach closure order and local governments have been lambasted and taken to court for shutting down beaches.Two North Florida attorneys, Gaultier Kitchen and Daniel Uhlfelder, sued DeSantis in state court seeking an injunction requiring him to shut down all beaches. That lawsuit was dismissed.Oceanfront landowners in Walton County, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, asked a federal judge to block a local ordinance that made all beaches off limits, claiming the restriction does not legally apply to private property, violates due process and prevents them from using their “backyards.”U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson on Monday refused to suspend the ordinance.“Certainly, this is a national emergency. It’s a state emergency. I think without question the county has authority to take whatever measures they think are necessary to meet that need, as long as it’s narrowly tailored to meet that interest,” Vinson ruled.Vinson said any harm would be “temporary” and “relatively minimal compared to the harms that might result if you have exposure to a communicable virus.” “Do it in a good way. Do it in a safe way,” DeSantis said during a Fort Lauderdale news conference, saying beaches and parks would offer house-bound residents an outlet to be active and provide a psychological lift during the COVID-19 pandemic.The governor’s April 1 safer-at-home order left discretion regarding beaches and municipal parks to local governments, so his Friday comments were more encouragement than policy. State beaches and parks remain closed. DeSantis shut down Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade county beaches in March after they were thronged by spring-breakers and “COVID refugees” fleeing quarantine orders elsewhere. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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Lockdown restrictions cancelled out charity retailers’ promising start to Q4 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 18 February 2021 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Lockdown restrictions took their toll on the performance of charity retailers in the final quarter of 2020, with the outlook for 2021 remaining very uncertain, according to accountancy and business advisory firm BDO.BDO’s Charity Retail Sales Tracker, produced in association with the Charity Retail Association, found that charity retailers had performed relatively well compared to commercial high street stores in October 2020. Total like-for-like sales were down by -19.2% during the month, versus a like-for-like decline of -27.7% in in-store commercial high street sales.However, as new lockdown restrictions were put in place towards the end of the month, charity shops felt an immediate impact on trade.With few charity retailers able to operate in November, no data was collected for this month. However, as stores reopened in December, pre-Christmas sales provided an initial boost before stricter lockdown measures suppressed sales in the second half of the month. Total like-for-like sales were down by -26.2% in December, although performance was again slightly ahead of commercial high street like-for-like sales which fell by -31.4% in the same period.While many commercial retailers have been able to rely on their online channels to offset the impact of lower in-store sales, many charity retailers are not in the same position. However, a recent poll of charity retailers conducted by BDO suggests that 85% are looking to expand current online sales operations and 8% are looking to introduce online sales where none previously existed.Fiona Condron, charity retail partner at BDO said:“We were beginning to see encouraging signs at the beginning of quarter four, but new lockdown restrictions brought any hopes of a sustained recovery to an abrupt halt.“Unsurprisingly, the outlook for 2021 remains very unclear, although a faster than expected vaccine roll-out does provide some hope that restrictions may be eased in the not too distant future.“However, it’s clear that the pandemic is forcing many charities to rethink their retail strategies. Many are now looking carefully at how e-commerce operations might complement their high street presence to help drive up income.” Tagged with: charity retail 121 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement
ColumnsWhen The Dust Settles: An Ode To India’s Incarcerated Zaid Sufi Wahidi5 Sep 2020 12:05 AMShare This – xThis story has been told before. But it is important that it be told at every given opportunity. This is the story of how the state subverted the rule of law to stifle dissent. This is a story of how the judiciary in part – abetted – and in part – thwarted the state’s attempt to incarcerate those who dared to speak against its excesses. Above all, it is a story of the resilience…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThis story has been told before. But it is important that it be told at every given opportunity. This is the story of how the state subverted the rule of law to stifle dissent. This is a story of how the judiciary in part – abetted – and in part – thwarted the state’s attempt to incarcerate those who dared to speak against its excesses. Above all, it is a story of the resilience and unrelenting courage of those incarcerated. Two legislations have been deployed by the executive to lend credence to these incarcerations. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (‘UAPA’) and The National Security Act, 1980 (‘NSA’). Besides these, the Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978 (‘PSA’) has been used to detain former Chief Ministers and other political leaders in Jammu & Kashmir. These laws are distinct from the standard criminal procedure, in that they provide for detention up to a year without charge or trial. What characterizes these acts are the loosely worded definitions of words such as – “unlawful activity” in the UAPA, “security of state”, “public order” and “defence of India” in the NSA. While the executive has historically abused and continues to abuse the vagueness of these words, it is within the remit of the courts to ensure that these legislations are not misused to silence contrarian voices. The jury is out on how successful the courts have been in achieving this. The UAPA has been used to jail, amongst others, an octogenarian poet (who eventually tested positive for Covid-19 while in jail), a tribal-rights lawyer and a pregnant research scholar alike. The NSA has been seen to be used by the Uttar Pradesh Government to extend the detention of those who were otherwise granted bail by courts, almost vengefully. Two recent events that triggered the executive’s clampdown were the Bhima Koregaon violence and the Anti-CAA protests. Last year, Sudha Bharadwaj, a tribal-rights lawyer, was celebrated by Harvard Law School as a “woman inspiring change” while she languished in jail, courtesy being booked under the UAPA for her alleged involvement in the Bhima Koregaon violence. In 2013-14, she was offered to join the Bench at the Chhattisgarh High Court. She declined in order to continue fighting for tribal rights. She was also a visiting faculty at the National Law University, Delhi. The breadth of accusations against her are innovative and wide-ranging with no concerete evidence to back them up – from planning to assassinate the Prime Minister to the Bhima-Koregaon violence being her brainchild. On 28th August, she completed two years in jail. She has been denied bail four times since her arrest and her trial is yet to commence. She is part of a group of 12 people – academics, poet, lawyers et al incarcerated under the UAPA in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case. Justice Chandrachud had noted in his dissenting judgment in a Petition seeking the appointment of a SIT for investigating the case that there is a real likelihood of derailment of a fair investigative process in the case. The most prominent arrest amongst the many Anti-CAA protestors who were arrested was that of Dr. Kafeel Khan. He was picked up from the Mumbai airport and jailed in Mathura by a special team of the UP Police in January 2020 after a speech he made at an Anti-CAA gathering in Aligarh in December 2019. Upon being granted bail by the Magistrate in February, he was immediately booked under NSA, ensuring he remained incarcerated, The Supreme Court transmitted a habeas corpus petition before it to the Allahabad High Court. On 1st September, the High Court revoked the NSA charges against Khan. It ordered that Khan be released immediately, having spent 217 days in jail. In doing so, it held that Khan’s speech was a call for national integrity and unity. It could not be read to promote hatred or violence. Importantly, the Allahabad High Court reiterated that preventive detention was an exceptional mode to curtail liberty and that the “subjective satisfaction” of the detaining authority does not mean its whim or caprice. In the court’s judgment, there is hope. Hope – that more courts will follow suit. Hope – that a relentless onslaught by the executive on well-meaning citizens will be halted by the courts. Hope – that liberty will not be compromised – and when compromised – will be restored by the courts. Hope – that when the dust settles, those incarcerated will meet freedom. Freedom hyphenated by a justice system that can fail its people when subdued by the executive – but – is their last hope to achieve the liberty constitutionally guaranteed to them. Hope, in the words of Percy B. Shelly, that “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” This piece, on a day that marks two years since Gauri Lankesh was shot dead, is a tribute to the ones named here and otherwise, who continue to remain incarcerated. When the dust settles, you shall meet freedom.Views are personal only. (Zaid Sufi Wahidi practises law at the Bombay High Court. He may be reached at [email protected] He tweets @zaidwahidi.) Next Story
Innovative national digitalization project to promote Egypt’s exploration and production potential worldwide Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Schlumberger announce launch of the Egypt Upstream Gateway. (Credit: WhisperToMe/Wikipedia.org) The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Schlumberger announced today the launch of the Egypt Upstream Gateway, an innovative national project for the digitalization of subsurface information. This digital platform will also enable global access to the country’s subsurface data, which is kept evergreen by enhancing legacy datasets through reprocessing and new studies. This unique digital initiative will be used to unlock the potential of Egypt’s petroleum sector and promote the country’s exploration and production potential worldwide.“Egypt is in the process of launching the Egypt Upstream Gateway, a digital subsurface platform that will act as an up-to-date repository of the country’s subsurface data,” said H.E. Eng. Tarek El-Molla, minister of petroleum and mineral resources, Egypt. “ The Egypt Upstream Gateway will digitally promote Egypt’s oil and gas bid rounds through seamless online access to the sector’s data, as well as endorsing our exploration potential worldwide.”“The Egypt Upstream Gateway is the embodiment of the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum’s vision, leveraging digitization to modernize the country’s petroleum sector,” said Rajeev Sonthalia, president, Digital & Integration, Schlumberger. “With the launch of this industry-first platform, the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and its affiliates—EGPC, EGAS, GANOPE—can digitally showcase national assets to investors worldwide, in addition to leveraging the latest digital technology and solutions to accelerate discovery throughout the country.”The Egypt Upstream Gateway provides digital access to over 100 years’ worth of accumulated national onshore and offshore seismic, non-seismic, well-log, production, and additional subsurface data under a single platform. This data, which empowers de-risked decisions through the ability to explore multiple basins and evergreen data, can be accessed virtually from anywhere using the platform’s online portal. In addition, the Egypt Upstream Gateway will host Egypt’s upcoming bid round highlighting lease availability information to national and international investors worldwide. Source: Company Press Release
Animal rights activists have intensified their campaign against University plans to build a new research centre in South Parks Road. OUSU is, meanwhile, debating whether it should offer support to University members or staff who are intimidated or threatened by campaigners. The new centre will offer “a higher quality of accommodation for animals” says the University. Animal rights group SPEAK is angry about the plans, but spokesman Mel Broughton told Cherwell that the group is organising “legal, lawful campaigning” against Oxford’s intentions. The aggressive tone of SPEAK’s website and the group’s reputation, however, is causing concern among University staff who fear the campaigning will escalate into more threatening forms. One ‘Action Report’ on their website comments on a recent demonstration, “Receiving a visit was ******* a head of department at Oxford Uni, again no reply but there was a very noisy calling card left. Rest assured all those living around ******* Road, Oxford now know exactly who you are and the fact they have collaborators in animal torture in their midst.” These threats have forced OUSU to discuss the issue in its Council meeting. A motion, seconded by President Helena Puig Larrauri and due to be debated today noted, “Council believes that whatever members of OUSU believe about the necessity, acceptability and desirability of experimentation on animals, in a democratic state it is wholly unacceptable and morally abhorrent to use terror, violence and intimidation of innocent people as a means of effecting political change.” Association of Medical Research’s Dr Simon Festing said SPEAK’s “claims that they’re legitimate are ridiculous, there is always an escalation to threatening letters and threatening phone calls.” The University reasserted that while “we respect people’s rights to protests lawfully, we will not accept unlawful harassment. The building will go ahead.”ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004
OUSU Council has passed a motion to mandate the VP for Access & Academic Affairs to include support for a reading week in the OUSU Education Vision, when the full proposals are brought to Council for approval at the start of Trinity.The Education Vision will be a document setting out long-term goals for OUSU and aspirations of students with respect to all aspects of how learning happens at Oxford.There is an ongoing debate in the student body both at Oxford and at Cambridge about the possibility of adding a reading week in the middle of term, creating two four week half terms.The motion, proposed by James Blythe, OUSU VP for Access & Academic Affairs, and seconded by Nick Cooper, OUSU VP for Grads-elect, stated, “A reading week would be one way to mitigate the impact on student mental health of an Oxford degree”. It continued, “Such a week would enable students to read more diverse and enriching texts to support their academic development.”The motion passed with four amendments, including to define reading weeks, to insert a clause demanding such a change would be cost neutral and to make clear that the Oxford workload more generally also affects mental wellbeing.There were 41 votes for the motion and 14 against it, with five abstaining. Only 60 people voted; 70 people fewer than the number who voted on the anti-BDS motion.Cooper commented, “James [Blythe] and I brought the motion to Council given the discussions that had taken place around reading weeks among students. A reading week could be a good way to allow students a chance to recuperate during the intensity of term time – this could be through catching up with reading, or if the student finds it more helpful for their wellbeing, as a chance to rest before a new 5th Week.“Reading weeks are, though, a long term vision and are not a perfect solution: we hope bringing this motion will highlight the effects of Oxford life more generally, and encourage the University to pay closer attention to student welfare and workload.”OUSU’s Disabled Students Officer, Lindsay Lee, commented, “The Oxford academic calendar currently is extremely demanding and very unorthodox. Oxford is demanding, as it should be, but it’s important to consider the health ramifications of this academic calendar for students, especially those with mental health issues.“A reading week would reduce stress for everyone, but it could mean the difference between graduation and rustication for a student with a mental disability. For that reason, I’m very supportive of the motion.”Louis Trup told Cherwell, “There is clearly a lot of interest in the issue of a reading week. It is something I mentioned when I was running for my job, but the increased debate on this now certainly merits a discussion in OUSU Council, where policy can be set. OUSU is probably the best place for us to make change in our university and I hope this change is something which students and the University seriously consider.”
The British Society of Baking will hold its annual golf day at the De Vere Belfry in the West Midlands on 3 May.Members will be playing over the Brabazon Course, which has hosted the Ryder Cup four times.There will be a shotgun start – teams of four all starting and finishing together at different holes.Puratos, which will be giving away prizes for any golfer catching the green in one, will also sponsor the 10th hole. And Danisco will be sponsoring the 18th hole, offering prizes for anyone making the green in two. Prizes for nearest the pin, longest drive, individual and team will also be up for grabs.The cost of the day will be £115 per person. For details contact Keith Houliston on 01869 247098 or [email protected]
Interpol is officially back with a new EP, A Fine Mess, due out May 17th.The follow-up to last year’s Marauder, the band’s first album since 2014, Interpol’s latest collection of music will feature five new songs including the previously released title-track, and today’s offering “The Weekend”. Listen to the new Interpol track below:Interpol – “The Weekend”[Audio: Interpol]A Fine Mess EP Tracklist:01. Fine Mess02. No Big Deal03. Real Life04. The Weekend05. ThronesView TracklistingIn support of their new 2018-2019 music, Interpol will embark on a world tour that includes festival appearances at Lollapalooza‘s Argentina, Brazil, and Chile events, All Points East Festival, Osheaga Festival, and Primavera Sound and a few dates alongside Sunflower Bean, Car Seat Headrest, and Foals. For more information on upcoming concerts and tickets, head to the band’s website.Interpol 2019 Tour Dates03/28 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Teatro Vorterix03/29 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina03/30 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile04/02 – Asuncion, PY @ Asuncionico04/05 – Bogota, CO @ Estereo Picnic04/07 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brasil04/09 – Lima, PE @ Domos Art05/01 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks #*05/02 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre %05/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival05/05 – Charleston, SC @ North Charleston PAC05/07 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre05/08 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater05/10 – Miami, FL @ Fillmore05/11 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live05/25 – London, UK @ All Points East Festival05/30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound06/01 – Kvaerndrup, DK @ Heartland Festival06/02 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret06/04 – Cologne, DE @ Palladium06/05 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof06/07 – Porto, PT @ NOS Primavera Sound06/10 – Moscow, RU @ Adrenaline Stadium06/12 – Kiev, UA @ Green Theatre06/21 – Neuhausen ob Eck, DE @ Southside Festival06/23 – Scheeßel, DE @ Hurricane Festival06/25 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy06/26 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Dome06/30 – Marmande, FR @ Garorock07/02 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia07/04 – Belfort, FR @ Les Eurockeennes07/07 – Hérouville-Saint-Clair, FR @ Beauregard Festival08/02 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival* = w/ Sunflower Bean# = w/ Car Seat Headrest% = w/ FoalsView Tour Dates
Related Adviser Wilson reflects on goals of new inclusion and belonging report, and why they matter The task force, co-chaired by James Bryant Conant University Professor Danielle Allen, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics; Harvard Kennedy School Academic Dean Archon Fung, the Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government; and Vice President for Campus Services Meredith Weenick, was made up of 60 student, staff, faculty, and academic personnel from across the University. Members met monthly to go over draft recommendations and reports, while subcommittees focused on specific areas such as outreach, academic resources, and organizational structures. They also met extensively with School leaders and focus groups of students, faculty, and staff to gather data on current campus conditions. They hosted an Afternoon of Engagement last spring and launched an online “Solution Space” to solicit ideas from the community on how to make the campus a more welcoming place for people from all backgrounds.The task force also launched a competition to revise Harvard’s alma mater to make it more inclusive. From more than 100 entries, a judging committee selected a submission from Janet Pascal ’84 to replace the last line of “Fair Harvard” with “Till the stars in the firmament die.”“We are extremely grateful for the enthusiastic participation of so many members of the Harvard community throughout this process,” Weenick said. “From the task force members who spent so many hours formulating these ideas and discussing how to best do this work to the many, many members of the Harvard community who attended the Afternoon of Engagement last spring, shared suggestions via the Solution Space and submissions for the alma mater competition, as well as reviewed drafts, this report and the task force’s work are truly a community product.”The report recommends that the Office of the President and Provost:Revise the symbols and spaces at Harvard to make them more inclusive, including revising the University values statement, adding public art, and increasing the number of maps and signs to help newcomers navigate campus.Develop two interfaculty initiatives, one on identity, politics, and culture, and one on inclusion and belonging in higher education.Continue to focus on ensuring that the University’s mental health services address the needs of the evolving and increasingly diverse community.Ask each School and business unit to identify several priority areas that each regards as most important for inclusive excellence, and articulate how those priorities will be advanced.Reorganize its approach to providing central support for work on diversity, inclusion, belonging, and campus community for students, staff, and faculty, and academic personnel.Focus the University’s human resources increasingly on enabling staff talent and improving organizational culture.Enhance the reliance on institutional research capacities, and make regular reports on key demographic features of students, staff, faculty, and academic personnel in all academic units.Increase resources for faculty renewal and development.“In developing our recommendations, we sought to identify the highest-impact initiatives that could be undertaken by the Office of the President and Provost,” Allen said. “But we also sought to engage Schools, business units, and the entire Harvard community in a set of shared aspirations and concrete strategies for realizing them that were developed organically out of smart thinking from all across campus.”The final report includes a framework of four goals for pursuing excellence on a foundation of inclusion:Implementing practices that promote the recruitment, retention, and development from the widest possible pool of exceptional talent.Achieving forms of academic, professional, and social integration that enable community members to be their authentic selves while supporting their academic and professional growth.Uniting academic freedom with a culture of mutual respect and concern.Conveying, through symbols and spaces, the values of excellence, inclusion, and openness and how those values both grow from and transcend history.“This framework is meant to be a guide to help leaders develop strategies that create inclusive and welcoming teams, organizations, and cultures,” Fung said. “We also seek to leverage and inspire the collective enterprise of the Harvard community in moving this work forward by outlining the core values of the Harvard community, and encouraging individuals to think intentionally about what these values mean and how they might personify them.”The task force also recommended four tools to use to work toward achieving these goals:Leadership ready to partner in this work with all campus constituencies.Institutional capacity for ongoing strategic planning and implementation.Aligning responsibility with authority.Processes of data transparency and dialogue to promote learning and accountability.“All of these tools are already in use by different groups across campus,” Fung said. “However, we recommend that they be used more systematically, with more coordination, in a process of continuous improvement. We also hope that they will prompt dialogue between different Schools and units about best practices and innovative ideas.”Faust convened the University-wide task force in September 2016 to identify ways to help the University ensure that all members of its community find an environment on campus that supports their academic and professional success. With Faust stepping down as president at the end of this academic year, the task force accelerated its work to give her time to consider its recommendations.Faust’s response to the report was immediate. In consultation with her successor, Lawrence S. Bacow, she announced a dozen action items today that will continue the work of diversity and inclusion on campus. Her initiatives include additional funds for innovation, faculty recruitment, and mental health services, further assessment of public art and signage on campus, and tasking various stakeholders with convening working groups to address organizational structures, pedagogy, and additional ways to address inclusion and belonging in higher education.“The responsibility of building community does not alone belong to a task force or to a university president; it is incumbent on all of us to do our part, to reach across difference, to find ways to ensure that every person on this campus has the chance to find intellectual, professional, and social fulfillment,” Faust wrote. “Harvard’s leadership — our boards and senior academic and administrative personnel — is committed to these goals as foundational to all that Harvard is and does, and we anticipate working with you to advance these efforts in the days and years to come.” Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging continues outreach At first Morning Prayers of academic year, Harvard president promotes diversity and its complexity Harvard’s Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging issued its final report today, a compilation of eight recommendations and a framework of “four goals and four tools” meant to serve as a blueprint for advancing Harvard’s practices and culture of inclusion and belonging. In response, Harvard President Drew Faust announced a series of initiatives to advance this work, including development of an innovation fund, resources for faculty renewal, and regular forums in the Smith Campus Center.“Harvard’s commitment to excellence in the advancement and dissemination of knowledge rests upon the foundation of the remarkable people who make up this community,” Faust wrote in a letter to the community.“I am deeply grateful for the extraordinary work of the task force and for the insightful, ambitious, and inspiring approaches reflected in its report,” she said.Faust has also appointed John Silvanus Wilson as senior adviser and strategist. Wilson’s primary responsibility will be “to serve as a point person during the presidential transition in bringing the task force report to life and ensuring its enduring impact.” A former president of Morehouse College, former head of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, former senior administrator at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a member of Harvard’s Board of Overseers, Wilson is intimately familiar with the rhythms and values of higher education, Faust said.“He is distinctively able to ensure that Harvard’s efforts to create a truly inclusive environment for all of its members, guided by the task force report, bear full fruit,” she wrote. A Harvard to make Du Bois nod yes University community can voice recommendations on Solution Space Faust seeks even greater inclusion