Harvard Employee Apologizes For Asking Neighbor If She Lived in Cheap Apartments


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A Harvard University employee apologized Monday for asking a neighbor whether she lived in Harvard housing or “affordable apartments.”

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative executive director Theresa Lund allegedly asked her neighbor, Alyson Laliberte, if Laliberte and her daughter could make noise elsewhere so that Lund’s children could sleep, reported The Boston Globe.

“You are a sweetheart,” Lund told Laliberte’s daughter. “I’m sorry that we’re arguing with your mommy. She’s not being very nice.”

“Are you just mad because I won’t get off my own property?” Laliberte asked the Harvard employee.

“I don’t care if it’s your property,” Lund responded. “I’m sitting here because you’re preventing my children from sleeping. Do you want me to do that to you and your kids?”

“Are you in one of the affordable units [or] one of the Harvard units?” Lund asked.

“Mind your business,” Laliberte responded.


Lund said her reaction to the incident was “inappropriate and wrong” and said she was “terribly sorry” in a statement to The Globe.

“I want to be accountable for my actions in a situation where I fell far short of my values and what I expect of myself,” the Harvard employee said. “This clearly wasn’t my best moment, and I have work to do to more consistently be my best self.”

Harvard has come under scrutiny during a lawsuit filed by Students for Fair Admissions, which alleges that the school discriminated against Asian American applicants. (RELATED: Harvard Docked Asian American Applicants For Personality, Lawsuit Alleges)

The school previously made headlines for instituting penalties for students who join fraternities and sororities.

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