About Us

Our “Why?”

The end goal of the Harvard Diversity Project is to promote educational equity by creating opportunities for underserved youth to gain exposure and access to academic training that will distinguish them as top candidates in the college admissions process.

According to Bloomberg, Atlanta is currently ranked the most unequal city in the United States of America and has one of the highest needs for minority development.  Furthermore, the inequality gap extends far beyond Atlanta. African-Americans, in particular, are still fighting to gain a level playing field in society and are underrepresented in many of the country’s leading academic, social, and political institutions.  Harvard Diversity Project exists to strategically provide exclusive exposure and educational opportunities to underrepresented students. This will make them more competitive by providing a distinct advantage in the college admissions process, widening their pathway to success and placing them on a trajectory to become social leaders, activists, and entrepreneurs.

Our

Mission

A subsidiary of the Harvard Debate Council, Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project (HDCDP) is an Atlanta-based pipeline program that recruits, trains, and matriculates highly motivated black youth into a summer debate residency at Harvard College. HDCDP cultivates scholars seeking to further their education at elite colleges & universities.

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HOW IT WORKS

Our Program

Recruit

Each year, Harvard Diversity Project recruits a cohort of talented Black youth out of an applicant pool of hundreds throughout Metro Atlanta.

Train

On Saturdays, students undergo a rigorous 10-month training regimen, where they are introduced to debate through the exploration of academic disciplines that foster critical thinking, public speaking, and argumentation.

Matriculate

The program culminates with a summer residency at Harvard College, where students study academic debate alongside and compete against hundreds of gifted scholars from around the world.

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