It's that time of year again: back-to-school week. But this week marks a special event for Mormons at Harvard--it is the first time that four LDS women will attend Harvard Divinity School at the same time.
One of these women, Jenna Alatriste, has noted on her blog that she thinks of this as a miracle. "This is a big deal," she writes. "Don’t get me wrong–we’re not a big deal. . . . We’re watching unprecedented opportunities open up for Mormon women both within and without the church.
"The four of us–Amy, Kim, Emily and myself–feel God calling us to a certain space. We see Him paving a way for each of us."
But, these women don't represent the only Mormon firsts at the Harvard Divinity School. In 2012, David F. Holland became the first LDS professor to teach at the Harvard Divinity School, a position he still holds today. In fact, Mormons litter Harvard's faculty--past and present. From a former dean of the Harvard Business School, Kim B. Clark, to a history professor and Pulitzer-Prize winner, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Mormons have made an impact on Harvard's campus.
And now these four women can continue that positive influence today. There's no doubt that great plans lie ahead for these four remarkable women, and we can't wait to see where their education takes them.