An opinion piece in the Harvard University student newspaper is suggesting that wealthy university systems should divert their funds to help the homeless.
“I believe it is immoral for Harvard not to redirect some of its considerable wealth towards the homeless if doing so would not detract from the school’s immediate well-being,’” student author Meaghan E. Townsend writes in the Harvard Crimson.
Without much regard for the ever-inflating costs of tuition or the sky-high levels of debt some students endure in order to attend an Ivy League institution, Townsend informs readers, “Harvard could augment its own integrity and productivity with thoughtful donations to those in need.”
During the 2017-18 school year, attending Harvard cost more than $63,000 for tuition, room, board, and fees combined.
The piece also suggests that, for the sake of morality, “we must fight our inclinations to forget and disengage” and that “real change” will not come about without redirecting university funding.
Townsend references the importance of Y2Y, a young adult homeless shelter on Harvard Square, which was founded by two recent Harvard graduates and is operated by Harvard students. However, Townsend argues that individuals cannot do as much as “institutions with massive reserves of resources and manpower, such as Harvard …”
“After all, if Harvard has the money to put on event after event, surely it can spare some of those funds to help the homeless. There is certainly value in the extensive programming available to Harvard students, but I would be happy to give up a few concerts and parties if I knew that more people were being helped,” Townsend graciously opines.
Her piece concludes: “Some solutions will be more easily implemented than others, but none at all will present themselves unless we stop ignoring the problem. If we all gave a little more and took a little less, there just might be more to go around.”