Club Basketball's Diaz Earns Rhodes Scholarship

Diaz was one of six Harvard students awarded the scholarship (Photo courtesy David Silverman).

Rhodes Scholar - Elect Class of 2014

– Club men’s basketball player Alexander Diaz is among six Harvard University students chosen as Rhodes Scholars representing the United States, as announced by Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust. Thirty-two American men and women will be provided with all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.

Rhodes Scholars are chosen in a two-stage process, beginning first with an endorsement from their college or university. Over 1,750 students sought out endorsement from their institution this year, leading to 857 students who were endorsed by 327 colleges and universities. From there, 208 applications representing 91 schools reached the final stage of competition, which includes a comprehensive interview. After the rigorous global selection process over 14 jurisdictions, the 83-strong Rhodes class of 2014 was elected. For a complete list of the Elect Class of 2014, click here.

Diaz, a psychology concentrator, has focused his studies and research on the cognitive mechanism that underlie unconscious race, ethnic and gender bias, and has worked with leading law enforcement authorities to use psychological research to achieve less biased trials. An active member of the Harvard Kennedy School Latino Leadership Institute, Diaz has become an active member in many programs for disadvantaged Latino communities, especially in his home town of Union City, N.J. Diaz, who competes for the Crimson’s club basketball team, managed the Harvard men’s varsity basketball team.

The scholarships were created in 1902 by the Will of Cecil Rhodes, British philanthropist and African colonial pioneer. The first class of American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904; those elected today will enter Oxford in October 2014.