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OAN’s Abril Elfi
5:33 PM – Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Harvard’s chief diversity and inclusion officer has now been accused of plagiarism, where accusations cited one article where she even failed to properly credit her own husband.


On Monday, Harvard was handed an anonymous complaint that contained 40 examples of plagiarism against Sherri Ann Charleston, dating back to 2009.

The allegations include failing to properly cite other scholars’ works as well as not referencing them in footnotes.

The Washington Free Beacon, which independently examined the complaint, claims that in her 2009 dissertation at the University of Michigan, Charleston paraphrased or quoted twelve academics without giving proper credit.

Additionally, according to the complaint, Charleston eventually claimed credit for a 2012 study written by her husband, LaVar Charleston, who is currently the deputy vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

According to the complaint, Charleston copied significant sections of her husband’s work and used it as support for a co-authored, peer-reviewed article in 2014.

The same conclusions, methodologies, and descriptions of the survey subjects as in Charleston’s husband’s initial paper were included in the 2014 article that was published in the Journal of Negro Education, along with the complaint charges.

The complaint was purportedly submitted to Harvard, the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After serving in a comparable capacity at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Charleston became Harvard’s first chief diversity officer in late 2020.

The allegations come just weeks after former President of Harvard University Claudine Gay resigned from her position of authority following a scandal involving numerous allegations of plagiarism and her handling of anti-Semitism on the university campus.

Following nearly 50 accusations of “plagiarism or insufficient citation,” Gay’s academic career came under fire and intense scrutiny.

Harvard was contacted by The Post with claims that Gay was stealing other people’s work. However, the university refuted these claims and hired legal counsel to threaten to sue for “immense” damages and defamation.

Later, Gay requested an inquiry in December, and investigators discovered that she did require several corrections on her academic articles and that she also needed to revise her dissertation.

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