For the first time ever this spring, all African American students offered admission to the GSD accepted. The African American Student Union at the GSD - with the support of Jean Lauer (LF 2012) - can share the credit for that accomplishment. Throughout the year AASU members made themselves available to prospective students to answer questions about life at the GSD. They attended open houses events and hosted a mixer for prospective students, all in coordination with the Admissions office and the Dean's Diversity Initiative.
GSD AASU was founded in 2012 by Lauer and Tracie Curry (MLA1 2012 and the group’s first president) to support the advancements of African Americans in architecture, real estate, urban planning, and landscape architecture. It’s already had an impact on the school. The group has created networks with other Harvard schools and has staged special events and speaking engagements. By building strong relationships with Harvard's African American students and accomplished alumni and intellectuals in the field, members empower themselves and their peers with the resources to physically and socially transform their communities.
This year Hector Tarrido-Picart (MAUD MLA) and Tessa Kaneene (MUP) are co-presidents. Lauer has a continuing role as AASU's chairwoman.
The AASU speaker series this term features Majora Carter, who will be at the GSD on 11/19. Also scheduled this month for members is a dinner with the new Loeb Fellows at Doebele house.