The Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced today the creation of a graduate student fellowship in honor of the late Lisa Garcia Quiroz—a champion of a stronger Latino presence at Harvard for some 30 years—who passed away last week.
The fellowship is designed for emerging student leaders at HKS with a strong commitment to the Latino community. Its lead donor is Time Warner Inc., where Garcia Quirzoz was, until recently, Senior Vice President of Cultural Investments and Chief Diversity Officer. She also served as President of the Time Warner Foundation.
Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said, "As leader of Time Warner's Cultural Investments team and the company’s first Chief Diversity Officer, Lisa had always been an industry-leading proponent—and shining example—of the benefits of workforce diversity. She was a passionate warrior for social justice and a relentless advocate for underserved and under-represented communities and artists. In recognition of her lifetime of inspirational leadership, we are proud to establish the Lisa Garcia Quiroz Graduate Fellowship."
"This fellowship in Lisa's name represents a very sad but heartwarming story," said David Gergen, director of the School's Center for Public Leadership (CPL), in the announcement. "Words hardly capture how much we are honored by our friendship with her and how much we will miss her."Housed at HKS's Center for Public Leadership, the Lisa Garcia Quiroz Graduate Fellowship will provide funding for emerging student leaders who have demonstrated an interest in reducing disparities in U.S. Latino and other underserved communities. The fellowship will offer tuition, fees and living expenses to admitted applicants to any of the master’s degree programs at HKS and will complement the Center’s existing U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship and U.S. Latino Leadership Initiative Program.
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