In 1981, the President and Deans of Harvard University established the Harvard Foundation, an intercultural institute. President Derek C. Bok appointed Dr. Counter director of the Harvard Foundation. Today, the Foundation is a highly respected and firmly established program at Harvard, and represents a model for intercultural relations which is currently being studied by other universities throughout the country.
The Harvard Foundation's mission is to promote the advancement of peace and education, and an atmosphere of civility, intercultural understanding and racial harmony. To this end, it sponsors a variety of programs of American and global interests that involve Harvard students and faculty.
These programs include an annual science conference (hosted by Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission), an annual cultural and food festival featuring performances by Harvard student groups and multicultural cuisine, and panel discussions (such as "Prospects for Peace Keeping" led by Nobel laureate professor Dudley Herschbach, a faculty-student panel on "Hate Crimes in America: A Search for Solutions" which involved a special program that featured the victims of hate crimes including Mrs. Judy Shephard, mother of Matthew Shephard, a 21 year old gay man at University of Wyoming who was killed in a hate crime, Ms. Sherialyn Byrdsong, wife of former Northwestern University basketball coach, Ricky Byrdsong, who was killed in a hate crime in Skokie, Illinois, Mr. Ismael Ileto, brother of Joseph Ileto, a Filipino postal worker who was killed a hate crime in California, and Nancy Parris-Moskowitz, director of a California Jewish community center where children and adults were attacked in a hate crime by a white supremacist).
Each year, the students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation presents a special award to individuals from the United States and throughout the world whose works and deeds exemplify the Foundation's mission. Mary Robinson, president of Ireland, secretaries general of the United Nations Javier Perez-DeCullar, Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Kofi Annan, Nobel laureate and archbishop Desmond Tutu, AIDS researcher Dr. David Ho, Vietnam War Memorial designer Maya Lin, nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, Palestinian peace negotiator Hanan Mikhail Ashrawi, Per Wästberg, head of the Nobel Prize Committee of the Swedish Academy, educator Jaime Escalante, author Alex Haley, poet Maya Angelou, actress-producer Debbie Allen (Amistad), actor/director Andy Garcia (The Lost City), actress/producer Salma Hayek, legendary music producer Quincy Jones, Navajo artist R.C. Gorman, Governor of Puerto Rico Sila Calderón, President of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernandez Reyna, noted native American artist R. C. Gorman, athlete Arthur Ashe, acclaimed jazz artist Herbie Hancock, singer/Humanitarian Shakira, and actors Will Smith, James Earl Jones, Sharon Stone, Denzel Washington, Blair Underwood, Jackie Chan, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Halle Berry are among the many distinguished national and international figures who have participated in the Harvard Foundation's programs and received awards of recognition. The phenomenal success of the programs of the Foundation in tradition-bound Harvard has been attributed mainly to Dr. Counter's skills as ombudsman and administrator.
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