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Despite The Pandemic, The Harvard Diversity Project Welcomes A New Class Of Students

A student learns she has been accepted into Harvard Debate Diversity Council Diversity Project.
A student learns she has been accepted into Harvard Debate Diversity Council Diversity Project.
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Each year, one local organization recruits students from around the metro area to take part in a rigorous 10-month program and summer residency at Harvard College.

It’s called the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project.

The application process is competitive. This year, over 2,000 students applied, and 25 were accepted.

Brandon Fleming, the founder and CEO of the Project delivered the news personally to students. He drove over 200 miles to students’ doors with a confetti cannon in hand to deliver the surprise.

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Fleming told “Closer Look” host Rose Scott his goal was to make this year’s announcement special for students, especially since the coronavirus pandemic will affect this year’s program.

“We’ve had to conduct classes since February online, so it’s been a different speed and a different pace,” said Fleming.

Still, he added he feels a responsibility to adapt and provide a positive experience for this year’s cohort.

“When these kids are in our classroom, whether it be physical or whether it be virtual, we to make sure that they walk away feeling something that they will never forget,” he added.

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To hear the full conversation, click on the audio player above.