Join members of the Harvard Next Gen Initiative to learn more about their Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Fund pilot program that consolidates, aligns, and enhances Harvard’s institutional supports for Next Gen student populations (predominantly first-gen, low-income students) in and beyond the classroom. This session presents an overview of the Next Gen student population, pedagogical tools that promote Next Gen Student Success, and how each one of us plays a role in strengthening Harvard’s commitment to inclusive excellence.
This event, took place on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Smith Campus Center. The University-wide kick-off launched a new year of Operation Impact. The event covered the basics of the Pilot Funds and other portions of Operation Impact. The event is useful for networking to find other students with similar interests and innovative ideas.
VRsatility seeks to provide educators with an immersive virtual space to practice their interpersonal and pedagogical skills prior to initial engagement with students in order to minimize potentially harmful interactions.
The HLS ACLU is a student-run organization. The chapter aims to advance and promote awareness of civil liberties and constitutional rights on the Harvard campus by hosting speakers and organizing events throughout the school year. We focus on core issues of freedom of speech and religion, racial justice, privacy, women’s rights, and LGBTQ rights, and many more issue areas. ACLU members assist state ACLU branches, the national ACLU, and other organizations in research and advocacy relating to civil rights and civil liberties issues.
The BSA is a student organization charged with providing several essential services to the Harvard Law School community: we serve as teaching assistants in the First Year Legal Research and Writing Program, as peer advisers to members of the first-year class and transfer students, and as administrators of the Ames Moot Court competition. Our Mission is to build a community, both among first-year students and among the diverse student body of the Harvard Law School.
The HLS Advocates for Education (A4E) is a student-run organization at Harvard Law School. We are an organization of students who are passionate about improving our nation’s education system and dedicated to raising awareness about current issues in education law and policy. A4E brings together students interested in these issues with practicing lawyers, policymakers, educators, and advocates. We seek to encourage greater understanding and participation by hosting various speakers and events throughout the year.
English Learners (ELs) comprise one of the largest achievement gaps in the U.S. While English Learners have received a lot of attention recently in legislation, educators and community members know little about these policy changes and educational supports that will help this group thrive. Due to language barriers and cultural differences, EL families are often left without a voice in advocating for change. Leaders in education, therefore, need to be equipped to advocate for this group. In pursuit of preparing future leaders in education, the mission of Leading for English Learners is to lead conversations across HGSE around EL students. We advocate for equitable opportunities for ELs by opening dialogues from multiple angles, from administration to policy to teaching.
We intend to create a space for students interested in rural education to discuss some of the challenges facing rural schools today and how we can utilize the tools provided to us through HGSE to be effective change makers in those spaces. Additionally, we will raise awareness throughout HGSE of the conversations around rural schools in order to ensure that all HGSE students have the knowledge of rural schools necessary in order to bring that into their future work.
Since its formation in 1983, the W. E. B. Du Bois Graduate Society has worked to create inclusive educational environment for historically underrepresented minorities in GSAS. Named after the eminent African American scholar and civil rights leader W. E. B. Du Bois (pronounced "doo-BOYCE"), the first African American to receive a doctoral degree from Harvard University (in 1895), the Society serves as a forum for students to meet and raise concerns about race and ethnicity and provides a social, intellectual, and political institution for minority student activities. It has acted as an umbrella organization to serve the needs of African American, Puerto Rican, Mexican American, and Native American graduate students. Over the years, the goals of the society have been expanded to include fostering interactions with Harvard's minority faculty and administrators, bringing together students from the various departments in GSAS and other graduate schools in the Harvard community, and encouraging more minority undergraduates to consider a career in academia. The mission of the W.E.B. Du Bois Graduate Society will continue to evolve to serve the ever-changing needs of Harvard's minority graduate students and the greater university community.
Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business (HUWIB) seeks to empower a dynamic group of enterprising young women, uniting them through business education and experience. Through panels, conferences, outreach initiatives, skill-building workshops, leadership projects, mentorship programs, and social events, HUWIB seeks to expose undergraduate women to a variety of business careers.
Act on a Dream is a student-led, student-run organization at Harvard College focused on eradicating the barriers that Undocu+ students (undocumented, DACA, mixed-status family, and other immigrants) face in realizing their full potential. They provide high school and college students with academic resources, advocate for Harvard specific education reform, and organize conferences for general immigration reform and immigration information.
The Writing Center is staffed by undergraduate peer tutors who help students in all concentrations with course writing assignments and fellowship/grant/graduate school applications through 1-on-1 tutoring services.
HCURA's goal is to increase the scope and visibility of Harvard undergraduate research, by connecting them with other researchers through a peer advising program; the Visitas Undergraduate Research Symposium, which showcases Harvard undergraduate research to prefrosh; and new projects such as The Labs Database, a resource for undergraduates looking for research opportunities that catalogues over 100 Harvard labs, and Brevia, a publication for short research articles that presents a nontechnical treatment of cutting-edge research.