The Harvard Diversity Project: Helping Atlanta's Black Students Reach The Ivy League

May 9, 2019

Right now, some of the country’s top schools have a diversity problem.

 

According to recent data, more than 50% of students accepted to Ivy League schools are white, while black students make up just 11% of the student body.

 

 


Such is the case at Harvard University.

 

But Brandon Fleming is trying to do something about the diversity problem. And he’s using debate as a way to bring more students of color to the halls of Harvard.

 

 

Brandon Fleming, CEO of the Harvard Diversity Project
Credit Taylor Gantt / GPB

He’s CEO of The Harvard Diversity Project, which recruits black students in the Atlanta area and trains them during a summer residency at Harvard.

 

He sat down with GPB's Leah Fleming to talk about the program and share his own journey from college droput to renowned educator.