The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn September 4, 2019 1,173 Views Tagged with: Economy Federal Reserve market real estate Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Print This Post Previous: How to Improve the NFIP Next: Detroit Housing’s Ups and Downs The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Economy Federal Reserve market real estate 2019-09-04 Seth Welborn Economic activity increased in the U.S., according to the latest “Beige Book” from the Federal Reserve. The Beige Book is a Federal Reserve System publication about current economic conditions across the 12 Federal Reserve Districts. The Book is published eight times per year, and summarizes key economic conditions by each of the Fed districts. An important factor in economic conditions currently is the risk of a recession. The risk of a recession is on everyone’s mind, both in the U.S. and around the world. Realtor.com notes that Germany is already teetering on the brink of recession and the U.K. is facing unrest related to “Brexit”, while in the U.S., a rapidly escalating trade war with China is increasing fears. However, despite these risks, real estate should be safe, unlike in 2008.Eight of the 12 Federal Reserve Districts reported modest to moderate growth. The majority of Districts indicated that manufacturing expanded, but that growth had slowed, particularly in the auto and energy sectors. New home construction and existing home sales were little changed, with several Districts reporting that sales were limited by rising prices and low inventory. Commercial real estate activity was also little changed on balance. Most Districts reported modest to moderate growth in activity in the nonfinancial services sector, though a few Districts noted that growth there had slowed. According to the Book, residential real estate markets saw ongoing price increases and mixed sales results; contacts in a couple of markets cited greater “balance” as local shortages of housing inventory eased somewhat. While retailers (including an auto dealer) and manufacturers said sizable tariff increases would pose significant problems if they occurred and many respondents cited uncertainty, outlooks remained mostly positive. Closed single-family sales were up year-over-year from November 2017 to November 2018 in Rhode Island, Boston, and Maine, and down in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Residential markets in Rhode Island and Boston became more balanced in recent months, with growing supplies of homes for sale and moderation in the pace of home price appreciation. Despite a seller’s market environment, contacts said real estate was a preferred investment choice, given the volatile U.S. stock market. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Federal Reserve Reports Economic Conditions Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Federal Reserve Reports Economic Conditions Subscribe
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News UpdatesNeed Safeguards For Members Of Internal Complaint Committees; PIL Before Bombay HC Seeks Changes To The POSH Act Nitish Kashyap4 Jan 2021 8:00 AMShare This – xA public interest litigation has been filed before the Bombay High Court by lawyer Abha Singh and Janaki Chaudhary, a social worker seeking changes to the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.Petitioners contend that they have encountered ‘various deficiencies’ in functioning of the said act which defeat its stated objectives. The Act…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?LoginA public interest litigation has been filed before the Bombay High Court by lawyer Abha Singh and Janaki Chaudhary, a social worker seeking changes to the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.Petitioners contend that they have encountered ‘various deficiencies’ in functioning of the said act which defeat its stated objectives. The Act was passed with the intention to “provide protection against sexual harassment of women at workplace and for the prevention and redressal of complaints of sexual harassment and for matters connected therewith”.The said Act defines the offence of the sexual harassment in broad terms and provides for the mandatory constitution of Internal Complaints Committees by Companies and Local Complaints Committees by the State. These Committees are bestowed with the power of civil courts, and are under obligation under the law to conduct a free and fair inquiry into the alleged incident and give an impartial recommendation to the employer.However, the petitioners argue that -“Members of such committees, who are akin to judges have not been provided with any safeguards, which will enable them to act without fear and favour. Thus, an anomalous situation has arisen where ICC members have been conferred quasi-judicial powers without the requisite independence and safeguards. This creates a highly unjust and iniquitous situation for ICC members as well as the parties to the case. This acts as a barrier to holistically address the issue of sexual harassment”.Moreover, the petitioners further submit that the Members of the Internal Complaints Committees (ICC) are tasked with the statutory duty of adjudicating sexual harassment complaints while being on the payroll of the company and can be terminated with 3 months pay as there is no legal obligation on the private sector to follow the principles of natural justice. “This creates a serious conflict of interest and constrains ICC members from taking free, fair and impartial decisions. Further, if they take a decision that goes against the will of the senior management, they are susceptible to victimisation and targeting”, the petition states.According to the petitioners, such issues act as barriers in addressing the serious issue of sexual harassment and are antithetical to the orders of the Supreme Court in Vishaka vs. State of Rajasthan.Petitioners have pointed out how the Justice Verma Committee Report of 2013 also critiqued the Bill on similar grounds while recommending the setting up of an Employment Tribunal. The said report states-“It is our apprehension that the in-house dealing of all grievances would dissuade women from filing complaints and may promote a culture of suppression of legitimate complaints in order to avoid the concerned establishment falling into disrepute. Consequently the setting up of a Tribunal as proposed herein would obviate the need for both the Internal Complaints Committee as well as the Local Complaints Committee as envisaged under the present Sexual Harassment Bill.”Finally, the PIL states-“Thus, the present law as it stands leaves room for arm twisting of ICC members by the senior management of the company in the form of arbitrary transfers, termination, victimisation in unrelated areas of work etc. This risk of this form of retribution is more likely in cases where the respondent is a senior official with considerable influence in the Company. This conflict of interest, where the ICC members are on the payroll of the company and may have to take decisions against their seniors, creates a precarious situation for ICC Members as well as for women members at the workplace.”Thus, petitioners have prayed for the High Court to declare that the service conditions of ICC members are protected by the principles of natural justice and pass guidelines. Also, petitioners have sought guidelines to be framed by the High Court in order to ensure safeguards for POSH officers. Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition]Next Story
The fundraiser initially aimed to raise £2,000 to help “mitigate the harmful and deathly impacts of the criminal justice system against black people and those that stand up to oppressive structures.” “Statements on social media are animportant thing for black people to see because for so long many have felt thatissues of racism are often ignored, but we felt that there is more tosolidarity than words alone. “It is amazing to see how much has beenraised and the support from students all over the UK and the World, but this isby no means the end. We hope that people don’t just donate to this fundraiserand move on, but rather take it as a step to becoming actively anti-racist.Black people don’t get to forget about things and move on because the systemicand structural nature of racism and white supremacy permeates every aspect oftheir lives.” The fundraiser page explains: “The American criminal justice system disproportionately affects black people in America, as institutional racism often puts them in closer proximity to poverty. Some cannot afford bail, or private attorneys. They are placed in jails before their trials where they face the risk of death every day. Given the COVID-19 situation, and the difficulty of social distancing in jails, protesters being jailed could be even more life-threatening than it usually is. (See the stories of Kalief Browder and Sandra Bland).” The Fundraising Team told Cherwell:“What we witnessed in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the publicity ofthe #BlackLivesMatter movement were many public declarations of solidarityusing social media. We are firm believers that activism requires action andwanted to create a means for people to do that; this was the main motivationfor creating the fundraiser. “The ten-minute-long video of GeorgeFloyd’s murder was proliferated on many social media websites; he could beheard clearly shouting that he couldn’t breathe. This followed the racistshooting of Ahmaud Arbery, murder of Breonna Taylor by police and the attemptby Amy Cooper to call the police on Christian Cooper; she told him she wouldcall the police and tell them that an African American man was threatening herlife. For many the sequence of events was pertinent; Christian Cooper’sencounter could have been fatal, George Floyd’s encounter was fatal.” “We worked together to write thedescription for the fundraiser and spoke to the Minnesota Freedom Fund to findout if they were happy for us to use Facebook. They pointed us in the directionof other charities they were working with (Black Visions Collective, Reclaimthe Block, Legal Rights Center), as they had been inundated with funds. After abrief Twitter search we found out that the National Lawyers Guild were beingsuggested as the main point of contact for protestors and we decided to go withthis charity. It raised over £1,000 in less than an hour and raised over £10,000 in less than 24 hours. It is still rapidly growing at over £30,000. The team plans to encourage donations to the fundraiser for two weeks. “Danielle first approached Nadia, Ibti,and Cara with the idea of putting forward one of these charities to our JCRbecause there was an opportunity for an extra-ordinary charity ballot. Afterasking around and making some enquires it was clear that the bureaucracyinvolved would stop charities getting the funds in a timely fashion; it wasthen we moved to the idea of a fundraiser. Emma then heard that we werethinking about putting forward a charity motion and offered her help. A Facebook fundraising page started by Somerville students to provide legal support to protesters in the USA has raised over £30,000 since Saturday. “We did not expect the fundraiser to gainso much traction and even began with the meagre goal of £2000, but afterraising over half the amount in one hour we began steadily upping our goal. Wecan only thank the Oxford Black community and everyone else who shared thefundraiser. Read Melanie Onovo, Imogen Taylor, and Nigel Yau’s Silence is complicit, but so is inaction: Why JCRs and British institutions must act now here. Read Reem Sultan’s The Open Casket of George Floyd here. Read Ti Balanta’s Anti-blackness: a performative business here. The donations go to the National Laws Guild Inc, a non-profit in the US which provides legal support to advance human and civil rights. They are working with other charities including the Minnesota Freedom Fund to provide essential support to those protesting after the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis last week. Image credit to Leonhard Lenz / Wikimedia Commons.
Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter WhatsApp Indiana among worst states in the nation for gender pay gap Facebook Google+ Pinterest (“The Fall of Madoff” by frankieleon, CC BY 2.0) Indiana has the 44th worst gender pay gap in the country, according to a new study.The Northwest indiana Times reports that for every dollar a man earns in the Hoosier state, a woman makes just 75 cents, which is below the national average and near the bottom of the country. Those statistics are from a study by business.org that crunched federal American Community Survey data.The study found the median earnings of male workers in Indiana over the age of 16 was $50,774 while the median income of female workers over 16 was $38,031 in 2018, the most recent year for which data was available. Women earned on average only 74.9% of what men did.Over the past decade, the gender pay gap in Indiana has, however, improved by 3.1%, according to business.org, an online resource for small and mid-sized businesses. Michigan finished 34th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, with women earning 78.7% as much as men, on average.The state that finished best in the survey, California, has female workers over the age of 16 earning on average 88.1% as much as men in 2018. Louisiana finished worst, with women earning on average only 69.5% as much as their male coworkers.Nationwide, the average for women was 80.1%. The study does suggest that this does represent a slight improvement over the last decade, with the exception of a widening of the gap in 2016. Previous articleWoman pronounced dead after shooting at Phillips 66 in downtown South BendNext articleTravel ban to extend to United Kingdom, Ireland Tommie Lee Twitter Google+ By Tommie Lee – March 14, 2020 0 267 WhatsApp Facebook
Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) intersects with many other human rights. Where FoRB is under attack, other human rights are often threatened too.The UK remains deeply concerned about violations of Freedom of Religion or Belief in many parts of the world. This year alone, we have seen a staggering number of attacks on places of worship: from the Philippines to Burkina Faso; New Zealand to Sri Lanka. All faiths and beliefs are vulnerable, and there is an urgent need to strengthen efforts to protect and promote the right to FoRB for all individuals.The Resolution, tabled by Poland, marks an important step taken by the international community to defend the right to FoRB, and shows solidarity with victims of violence who are targeted because of their faith or belief.The Resolution raises awareness within the international community of the scale of violence motivated by intolerance, and it promotes inter-religious and intercultural dialogue. It also encourages States to provide support and assistance to victims and their families.The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, said: I welcome the adoption of the Resolution tabled by Poland. Violence and discrimination based on religion or belief blight the lives of millions of people around the world. Protecting the right of people to practise their faith, or to have no faith at all, is an ongoing battle. No country is immune from intolerance. I am proud that the UK co-sponsored this important resolution and call on all states to maintain momentum on combating intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief. Follow Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon @tariqahmadbt Email [email protected] Media enquiries Further information For journalists Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn
Soulive’s residency at the Brooklyn Bowl — lovingly referred to as Bowlive —wrapped up over the weekend. Part of what makes the extended Brooklyn Bowl residency so special is Soulive’s ability to tap such a diverse range of guests across the event’s duration, only highlighting the influence that Eric Krasno, Neal Evans, and Alan Evans hold and their diverse musical range. On Friday night, young guitar master Marcus King, NOLA royalty George Porter Jr. of The Meters, and Lettuce’s Shady Horns (Eric “Benny” Bloom and Ryan Zoidis) joined Soulive at the Brooklyn Bowl, delivering a performance that exuded the southern, down-home vibe for which both Porter and King are known.Eric Krasno Band Adds Phish Late Night Show With Brandon “Taz” Niederauer BandOne highlight from their June 16 Bowlive performance was the group’s rendition of the Allman Brothers Band’s classic jam vehicle “Whipping Post.” With vocals led by South Carolina’s soulful Marcus King — a musician who had made his Bowlive debut the night before as a surprise ahead of his official performance on Friday — and Krasno’s and King’s intertwining with the song’s dual leads, it’s definitely worth a listen. You can check out pro-shot video of this special moment from Bowlive below, courtesy of Brooklyn Bowl. [Photo: Andrew O’Brien][H/T Jambase]
His first university-wide leadership role came as chair of the MIT Faculty (1995-97). In 1998, he was appointed MIT’s chancellor, one of the institute’s most senior academic officers, a role in which he guided efforts in undergraduate education, graduate education, research initiatives, international and industrial partnerships, and strategic planning.“It was clear from the moment Larry Bacow became chair of the Faculty at MIT that he is someone with a deep commitment to academic excellence, for whom students matter a great deal, and with a very broad perspective across disciplines,” said Robert J. Birgeneau, an eminent physicist who served alongside Bacow at MIT before becoming president of the University of Toronto and then chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley. “Successful university leaders are clear about what their values are, and those values are reflected in how they lead their institutions. Larry has a very well-defined moral compass, which will serve him and Harvard well in the years to come.”The son of immigrant parents — his father a refugee from the pogroms of Eastern Europe, his mother a survivor of Auschwitz — Bacow has long been devoted to education’s vital role in enabling pursuit of the American dream. Growing up in Michigan, he took an avid interest in science and mathematics, and won acceptance to MIT. He received his S.B. in economics there in 1972, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to earn three degrees from Harvard, a J.D. and M.P.P in 1976, and a Ph.D. in public policy in 1978.Bacow is the author or co-author of four books and numerous articles on topics related to environmental policy, economics, law, land use, and occupational health and safety. More recently, his writings and lectures have focused on a wide array of issues in higher education, including online learning, innovations in teaching, the political economy of universities, and higher education leadership and governance. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was named Clark Kerr Lecturer by the University of California, Berkeley, last year, and he has been awarded six honorary degrees.Bacow is married to Adele Fleet Bacow, an urban planner and graduate of Wellesley College and MIT. He met Adele on his first day of orientation as a 1L at Harvard Law School. She was awarded the Hosea Ballou Medal by the Tufts board of trustees in 2012. The medal, awarded only 17 times since its inception in 1939, was created to “recognize members of the Tufts community who have rendered exceptional service for the institution.” The Bacows have two sons.In a community-wide message announcing Bacow’s appointment, Lee expressed the search committee’s gratitude to all who offered thoughts on the search.“With my colleagues on the search committee, I thank all of you who offered your thoughtful advice,” he said. “Our gratitude goes especially to the members of the three advisory committees — of faculty, students, and staff — who worked so hard and contributed so much to informing the search committee’s deliberations, both by sharing their own views and by eliciting robust input from many others.”Said Robin Kelsey, A.M. ’87, Ph.D. ’00, chair of the faculty advisory committee, who serves as the Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography and Dean of the Arts and Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences: “During the course of our conversations on the faculty advisory committee, it became clear that the extraordinary challenges and opportunities that Harvard faces today call for a president with vision, experience, organizational savvy, and consensus-building skills. Larry Bacow has these leadership qualities in abundance. The search committee could not have been more solicitous and respectful of the views of the faculty advisory committee. It was a wonderful process, and I look forward to great years ahead under the leadership of Larry Bacow.”The student advisory committee reached out to students across the University throughout the fall semester to seek input on overarching challenges and opportunities facing Harvard, as well as the qualities they would value in its next president. “From the beginning, I found the search committee to be sincerely invested in student perspectives and feedback, and we met with members of the committee multiple times over the past few months to share observations and recommendations,” said Jyoti Jasrasaria, A.B. ’12, a third-year Harvard Law School student who chaired the student advisory committee. “We engaged almost 4,000 students through our various outreach efforts, and we’re grateful that we were able to bring those students’ voices to the committee and ensure that they were heard throughout the presidential selection process.”“The presidential search committee’s recognition of the importance of staff input into the search process was deeply appreciated by the community,” said Katie Lapp, executive vice president, who chaired the staff advisory committee. “The robust attendance of staff at sessions across campus demonstrated the deep commitment they have to the University and to the success of our next president.“Throughout his career,” she added, “Larry Bacow has demonstrated an ability to build and inspire teams, and to engage openly and authentically with staff members, and I know the staff community will work tirelessly to support his efforts on behalf of the University.”Founded in 1636, Harvard is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to educating leaders and pursuing scholarship in many disciplines to make a positive difference in communities around the world. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Mass., has an enrollment of more than 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate and graduate students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The president serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the University.Lee closed his message to the Harvard community by thanking Faust and welcoming Bacow.“I want again to salute Drew Faust for her outstanding leadership and service, which will leave her successor with so strong a platform to build on. With her, we will do our best to make her final spring in Mass Hall both memorable and productive,” said Lee. “For today, please join me in congratulating and welcoming Larry Bacow as Harvard’s next president. He is someone who leads by giving credit rather than taking it. And he knows that what Harvard can accomplish for its students and for the world in the years ahead will depend foremost on all of you.” In accordance with Harvard’s charter, Bacow was elected to the Harvard presidency today (Feb. 11) by the Harvard Corporation with the consent of the University’s Board of Overseers.The appointment concludes a search launched last summer following Drew Faust’s announcement that she would step down after 11 years as Harvard’s president. The search involved far-reaching consultation with faculty, students, staff, alumni, and others having valuable perspectives on Harvard and higher education.“From the very first day of my presidency, when he invited me to his house for dinner, Larry Bacow has been a source of wisdom, experience, and insight, as a friend, as a fellow president, and in recent years as a member of the Harvard Corporation,” said Faust. “He understands the power of higher education to expand knowledge, strengthen society, and improve human lives. But he will also bring a clear-eyed perspective to the challenges higher education faces at this moment, and a deep devotion to addressing them in the effort to broaden opportunity for all. I could not be happier contemplating Harvard in his hands, and I look forward to his many successes as president.”Bacow served as the 12th president of Tufts from September 2001 through July 2011. Throughout his tenure, he worked vigorously to advance excellence and catalyze innovation in teaching, research, and public service. A prominent advocate of student access and opportunity, he presided over a doubling of the university’s annual budget for financial aid, the replacement of loans with grants for undergraduates from low-income families, and the introduction of a loan repayment assistance program helping graduates from across Tufts pursue careers in public service and the nonprofit domain.Bacow’s time at Tufts was marked by efforts to strengthen the undergraduate experience, to expand the institution’s international reach, to invest in research and graduate education, and to create interdisciplinary connections within and across Tufts’ eight schools, with an emphasis on addressing societal challenges. He embraced diversity and inclusion as foundations of excellence, launching the university’s Office of Institutional Diversity and working to increase the presence of women and minorities on the faculty and in positions of leadership.Reflecting his focus on how universities can benefit society, Bacow convened an international conference of higher education leaders in 2005 to initiate the Talloires Network, a global association of universities committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. The network has grown to more than 360 member institutions in 77 countries and maintains its secretariat at Tufts.Bacow was widely known at Tufts for his open, engaged, and accessible leadership style, as well as for strengthening the university’s ties with its alumni and its host communities. An avid runner, he founded the President’s Marathon Challenge in 2003, which brought together Tufts community members to run and volunteer in the Boston Marathon and to raise funds to support nutrition and medical research. His early-morning training runs with students, faculty, and staff became a hallmark, as did the dinners he hosted for members of the senior class.While at Tufts, Bacow also took on broader higher education leadership roles as chair of the Association of Governing Boards’ council of presidents, chair of the executive committee of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, and a member of the executive committee of the American Council of Education’s board of directors.“Larry Bacow set Tufts on a trajectory to a different level, and his record at the university speaks for itself,” said James A. Stern, M.B.A. ’74, chair of the Tufts University board of trustees during Bacow’s presidency. “Larry is an extraordinary leader who, in the pursuit of excellence, thinks about where things need to be, not simply where they are now. He is the ultimate team player, someone who makes everyone around him better. He was deeply respected, even loved, by all the constituencies at Tufts – students, faculty, staff, and alumni.” Following his decade at Tufts, Bacow came to Harvard in 2011 as president-in-residence at the Graduate School of Education (GSE), while also becoming a member of the Harvard Corporation, the University’s principal governing board. In 2014, he moved from the GSE to the Harvard Kennedy School, where he remains the Hauser Leader-in-Residence in the Center for Public Leadership. He has devoted his time to advising new and aspiring college and university leaders, mentoring students interested in careers in education, teaching in executive education programs, and writing and speaking about major issues in higher education.“Larry Bacow brings an extraordinary combination of broad experience in academia, deep knowledge of Harvard, and that intangible quality, wisdom,” said Shirley Tilghman, who served as president of Princeton University from 2001 to 2013, remains a professor of molecular biology at Princeton, and serves on the Harvard Corporation. “I have been struck during the years I have served with him on the Corporation by his generosity to many leaders, both inside and outside Harvard, who regularly turn to him for thoughtful counsel.”Bacow is a senior advisor to Ithaka S+R, a leading research organization that helps academic communities serve the public good and navigate change. In addition, he has served as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Lincoln Project on preserving and strengthening the nation’s public research universities (2014-16), as well as an advisory board member for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2010-15).“Since meeting and befriending Larry Bacow over 25 years ago at MIT, I have had the privilege of working with one of the most effective leaders in all aspects of the living and learning environment of university life,” said John Silvanus Wilson Jr., M.T.S. ’81, Ed.M. ’82, Ed.D. ’85, former president of Morehouse College, a Harvard Overseer, and past executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). “I encouraged President Obama’s interest in appointing Larry to the advisory board of the White House Initiative on HBCUs because of the transformational impact he had at Tufts, including boosting financial aid, expanding research, enriching student life, and advancing diversity and inclusion.“Larry combines wisdom with a human touch, acumen with compassion,” Wilson added. “Harvard is fortunate to have him as its leader for the road ahead.”As a member of the Harvard Corporation since 2011, Bacow has been increasingly involved in a range of strategic issues facing the University, from planning for future developments in Allston to bolstering support for research, from enhancing collaboration across Schools to envisioning the future of online learning. He withdrew from the presidential search committee in mid-December, after numerous people consulted about the search urged that he be considered as a candidate.“A trusted and proven leader, known for his listening and communication skills, Larry Bacow has the intelligence, integrity, demeanor, and management expertise to guide Harvard in the years to come,” said Scott A. Abell, A.B. ’72, president of Harvard’s Board of Overseers and a member of the presidential search committee. “He knows Harvard, knows and respects our faculty, is trusted by our staff, and thoroughly enjoys his interactions with our students. His sense of humor and warm personality are admirable and genuine.“Larry Bacow is the right person, for all the right reasons, to become the 29th president of Harvard,” said Abell.Bacow spent the first phase of his academic career at MIT, where he joined the faculty in 1977. Emerging as a leading member of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, with expertise in economics, law, and public policy, he rose to become the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies. He played key roles in founding and guiding both the MIT Consortium on Global Environmental Challenges and the MIT Center for Real Estate. Early in his career, he held visiting professorships at universities in Israel, Italy, Chile, and the Netherlands. “Larry Bacow brings an extraordinary combination of broad experience in academia, deep knowledge of Harvard, and that intangible quality, wisdom.” — Shirley Tilghman, former Princeton president and Harvard Corporation member Bacow, named Harvard president, meets the press Explains who he is, how he’s learned, what he values Related Lawrence S. Bacow, one of the most experienced and respected leaders in American higher education, will become the 29th president of Harvard University on July 1.Currently the Hauser Leader-in-Residence at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Center for Public Leadership, Bacow served with distinction for 10 years as President of Tufts University, where he was known for his dedication to expanding student opportunity, fostering innovation in education and research, enhancing collaboration across schools and disciplines, and spurring consideration of how universities can best serve society.Bacow’s decade of leadership at Tufts followed 24 years on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he served as chancellor, chair of the faculty, and the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies.A native of Pontiac, Mich., and the son of immigrants, he attended college at MIT and went on to earn three degrees from Harvard, including a Ph.D. in public policy. With scholarly interests that range across environmental policy, bargaining and negotiation, economics, law, and public policy, he is a recognized expert on the resolution of environmental disputes, and more recently has turned his academic focus to issues facing higher education.“Larry Bacow is one of the most accomplished, admired, insightful, and effective leaders in American higher education,” said William F. Lee, A.B. ’72, senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation and chair of Harvard’s presidential search committee. “This is a pivotal moment for higher education — one full of extraordinary possibilities to pursue new knowledge, enhance education, and serve society, but also a time when the singular value of higher education and university research has too often been challenged and called into doubt. Such a time calls for skillful leadership, strategic thinking, and disciplined execution. Larry will provide just that.“He will bring to the task not only wide experience, deep expertise, and an intimate familiarity with Harvard’s opportunities and challenges, but also a passionate commitment to helping universities, and everyone within them, serve the larger world,” continued Lee. “He is ideally positioned to hit the ground running and keep Harvard moving ambitiously forward.”,Speaking after his election, Bacow said, “I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to lead this remarkable institution — and to succeed Drew Faust, whom I have been privileged to count as a friend and an inspiration since we met over a decade ago.“The Harvard I have known has always stood for at least three things: the pursuit of truth, an unwavering commitment to excellence, and opportunity,” Bacow added. “In a nation divided, these guiding ideals have never been more important. We should never shy away from nor be apologetic about affirming our commitment to making the world a better place through our teaching and scholarship and our commitment to truth, excellence, and opportunity for all. And we should always recognize that, for all of our progress toward realizing these ideals over decades and centuries, there is much more we can learn, more we can contribute, more we can do better.“We are blessed with extraordinary students, faculty, and staff,” he said. “Whenever I see tourists taking pictures in Harvard Yard, I want to stop them and say, ‘No! Harvard is not its buildings. It is its people, and they are inspiring, from faculty pushing the boundaries of knowledge in virtually every field imaginable, to students who excel in every possible dimension, to our staff who are dedicated to enabling everything we do.’“Those of us privileged to lead this University are invested with a precious trust,” Bacow said. “I promise to do everything within my power to prove worthy of it.” “He will bring to the task not only wide experience, deep expertise, and an intimate familiarity with Harvard’s opportunities and challenges, but also a passionate commitment to helping universities, and everyone within them, serve the larger world. He is ideally positioned to hit the ground running and keep Harvard moving ambitiously forward.” — William F. Lee, senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation and chair of the search committee
Last week, I joined Dell and Adrian Grenier as we hosted the Legacy of Good Change Maker Brunch — a new way of bringing together fellow change makers looking to collaborate and innovate to create positive impacts for our communities and planet. Karen Courter along with the Change Maker panelists who spoke about how we give a voice to our next generation of female leaders. From left: Alexis Jones, Saanya Bhargava, Mikaila Ulmer, and Tamara Hudgins.Saanya spoke on March 14 at the SXSW Change Maker event’s all-female panel (above) focused on how we give a voice to our next generation of female leaders—an important aspect of Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good Plan.View a livestream of the panel discussion here, to hear more from Saanya and the other panelists including: 12-year-old Mikaila Ulmer, founder and CEO of BeeSweet Lemonade; Alexis Jones, founder of I AM THAT GIRL and ProtectHer; and Tamara Hudgins, executive director of Girlstart.Sustainable packaging and upcycling is all part of our 2020 Legacy of Good, our commitment is to put our technology and expertise to use where it can do the most good for people and the planet. You can learn more about our ocean plastics packaging approach and program in this white paper and video. We kicked off this meet-up at the Dell Experience at SXSW in Austin, Texas, with a panel led by the Lonely Whale Foundation Executive Director Dune Ives, joined by actor and Dell social good advocate Adrian Grenier, Dell’s packaging engineer Oliver Campbell, and artist/conservationist Ben Von Wong. It turned out to be a really interesting discussion about how these talented people are working to address the challenges facing our oceans.Dell shares with these people a real passion for our planet—and for big ideas that disrupt business as usual and transform our world for the better—even if they seem like crazy ideas at first.Fifteen-year-old Saanya Bhargava knows all about crazy ideas. She helped motivate Dell’s ocean plastics program after a science competition drove her and her dad, Piyush Bhargava, Dell’s Vice President of Global Operations, to dig into the question: Could Dell use ocean plastic waste in its packaging?On February 28, Dell announced our industry’s first ocean bound plastic packaging pilot for our signature consumer laptop, the XPS 13 2-in-1. More on that story here.Our ocean plastics work is a great example of how big ideas can result in big success, even if they take a winding path to get there. That was a shared sentiment amongst Saanya and the other three female panelists she spoke with last Tuesday, as part of our meet-up.As the host of that panel, it was great to hear Saanya talk about how she has felt empowered to get involved in STEM. And we’re glad she did! With her dad’s support, she inspired Dell—and she continues to inspire others to think big and share ideas.Our Q&A below with Saanya shares more about her involvement in Dell’s ocean plastics program and the Change Maker event, and how she thinks her generation can affect positive change.Saanya is a high school student and co-founder of STEM Advocacy Conference of Texas (SACOT), a student-led organization created to help spread STEM through advocacy in local and state governments of Texas. She competes in UIL Robotics and her team won the UIL State Championship and placed 7th in the world championship in 2016.How did you get interested in STEM and do you think STEM skills help put your sustainability passions to use? I have always had a strong interest in STEM subjects since middle school. This interest led me to explore a problem of ocean plastic pollution through a research paper that I wrote for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Inspire competition as well as the Google Science Fair. The analytical skills that allow you to go in-depth on a problem, presented in STEM-related subjects, have provided me a strong foundation for my journey in sustainability.Saanya, we understand you played a role in Dell’s ocean plastics program. Can you tell us how you got inspired by ocean plastics?My third-grade teacher, Mrs. Burnett, was describing a huge plastic island the size of Texas, floating in the Pacific Ocean. This image stuck in my mind when I was looking for research paper topics my freshman year. I decided I wanted to address this issue through people who could do something about it!My dad connected me with Dell’s Packaging Director Oliver Campbell, who was also exploring this topic. Oliver has been a great mentor. In the summer of 2016, I was able to participate in research work on the development of an ocean plastics supply chain, documented in the white paper Dell published. I realized that the impact of my research was beyond winning a science competition—it was about changing the world.What are the challenges of your generation in affecting positive change?My generation has been exposed to the use of technology at a very younger age. This gives us a unique perspective on how technology can enable solutions. However, many in my generation are yet to gain credibility with key decision makers. That is why youth empowerment is a critical enabler for success.And what are some personal challenges you’ve overcome? Being a girl in STEM has brought some challenges. As an example, my freshman robotics team—of mostly boys—did not recognize my full potential and predisposed me to non-technical roles. I had to reach into my strengths to create significant roles using my skills and bring more parity in the team. As I understand, my experience is very similar to what some women face in the workplace today. I have learned that staying the course and advocating for gender equality in teams is key to gaining confidence as a girl in STEM.The idea behind the Change Maker meet-up is: when we work together, we accomplish more for our world. So how are you collaborating and what’s your goal? I see how collaborating with like-minded high-school students can create momentum and build a powerful voice that can influence change. I just launched a new youth initiative called impact.gravitas which strives to solve the ocean plastic problem through collaboration with companies like Dell, NGOs, policy makers, and concerned individuals. I’m pretty active on Twitter @impactgravitas with spreading awareness about the problem and what we’re doing to change it.
This week’s Clips of the Week channels some of the best amateur and professional stand up paddlers in the game. Whether by river or sea, SUPing has taken a form of its own in the water sports arena. With warm weather well on its way, it’s time to get vertical with a paddle in hand. Just don’t blame us if you take a tumble or two.Check out this edit with paddle surfer Keahi de Aboitiz. Shred on.Some whitewater paddlers hitting the Colorado River. Watch out for those rogue coolers…The Blueline Santa Barbara team takes on the frigid waters of Iceland in this edit.Red Bull‘s Raid on Paddling in France.