On Wednesday, October 30, 2018, the Association of Black Faculty, Administrators, and Fellows (ABFAF) held a meeting to celebrate the appointment of African American women leaders at Harvard University. ABFAF celebrated the appointments of Deans Tomiko Brown-Nagin (Radcliffe), Claudine Gay (FAS and AAAS), Bridget Terry Long (HGSE), and Michelle Williams (HSPH) as well as Chief of Staff Patricia Bellinger (President's Office).
At the event, Dean Bridget Terry Long talked about her origins and Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin talked about her vision for the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Dr. John Silvanus Wilson (HGSE) attended the event as well and spoke briefly about the University-wide work on Inclusion and Belonging. As Dr. Wilson neared the end of his speech the lights went out in the room, then he stated that he’ll take that as his cue to end his speech, and the crowd erupted in laughter and applause. Shirley Greene, the Associate Dean of Students, closed the event by urging everyone to “reach back.”
The event was organized by Pamela A. Mason (HGSE and Co-Chair of ABFAF), Andrea Kelton-Harris (FAS and Co-Chair of ABFAF), Shirley Greene (DCE) and Andrena Mason (HGSE). The event was held in Longfellow Hall at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.