Soledad O’Brien Named Harvard Fellow

Source: Makenzie Weinger / Politico

Soledad O’Brien — who recently served as CNN’s morning show host — will be joining the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a visiting fellow for the 2013-14 school year.

O’Brien will focus on public education in America as a distinguished visiting fellow, the graduate school announced on Wednesday. Among the topics O’Brien will explore during her year at the school include “the influence of income on educational equality, the role of gender specific education, and efforts to overcome racial and ethnic achievement gaps in education,” per the press release.

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“It is an honor to join the esteemed scholars of the Harvard Graduate School of Education community next year,” O’Brien, a 2000 graduate of Harvard College, said in a statement. “On Appian Way, in the heart of the Ed School campus, a banner reads, ‘Education Is a Civil Right.’ I believe this passionately and look forward to ensuring that right is a reality by working with the students, faculty, and staff at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the rest of the Harvard University community. This appointment is both honor and opportunity.”

Dean Kathleen McCartney added that the school looks “forward to working with her to ensure that all children have access to a high quality education.”

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