Harvard University published the report of the Presidential Committee on Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery that documents that “[d]uring the 17th and 18th centuries, the sale and trafficking of human beings—in slavery—and the industries rooted in the labor of enslaved women, men, and children . . . comprised a vital part of the New England economy, and powerfully shaped Harvard University. Harvard leaders, faculty, staff, and benefactors enslaved people, some of whom labored at the University accrued wealth through the slave trade and slave labor; and defended the institution of slavery.”  The report includes recommended voluntary monetary and nonmonetary steps for the University to redress the harm caused.