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Harvard initiative employee apologizes for ‘inappropriate’ comments made to neighbor in viral video

"This clearly wasn’t my best moment."

An employee from a Harvard University-affiliated research center issued an apology Monday after a video of her asking a neighbor with a biracial daughter if she lived in the “affordable apartments’’ went viral on Facebook, leading to widespread public outrage.

In an e-mail sent to the Globe, Theresa Lund, executive director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, said she was “terribly sorry’’ for the exchange she had with her neighbor on Saturday, and admitted her reaction to the situation was “inappropriate and wrong.’’

“I want to be accountable for my actions in a situation where I fell far short of my values and what I expect of myself,’’ Lund said. “This clearly wasn’t my best moment, and I have work to do to more consistently be my best self.’’

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