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.
A subsidiary of the Harvard Debate Council at Harvard College, the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project (HDCDP) is a nationally acclaimed pipeline program that recruits, trains, and matriculates Metro Atlanta black youth into a prestigious summer debate residency at Harvard College. HDCDP has become known for positioning students of color for post-secondary admission into the highest-ranking universities in the nation.