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Harvard University adds caste as protected category for graduate student workers

This decision will impact more than 4,900 student workers at Harvard and the surrounding Harvard community, Equity Labs said in a statement.

Harvard University has added caste as a protected category for all graduate and undergraduate student workers. The historic addition marks Harvard as the first Ivy League school to have caste equity protection in its non-discrimination clause for unionized student workers. This decision will impact more than 4,900 student workers at Harvard and the surrounding Harvard community, Equity Labs said in a statement. With this addition, Harvard joins UC Davis, Colby College, Brandeis University, and several other universities where students, faculty, and staff face caste-based discrimination, Equity Labs said.

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