-Liz Ryan AB '81, Global Month of Service co-chair
The Harvard Alumni Association has a historic tradition of public service. Today the alumni community continues that long-standing commitment.
Through programs like Global Month of Service and the Summer Community Service Fellowship, alumni are making a difference across the globe. In 2012, over a thousand alumni participated in Global Month of Service volunteering opportunities, making a difference in their local community and connecting with fellow alumni.
Spearheaded by the HAA’s Public Service Task Force, our Clubs and Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) network is identifying diverse volunteer opportunities for our alumni around the world. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas.
Make a difference. Harvard Serves.
Stories about alumni service:
Global Month of Service event co-chairs Liz Ryan AB ’81 and Marilyn Holifield JD ’72 aren’t surprised at the program’s success. “Talking to classmates through the years,” says Ryan, “I’ve been impressed by how much they seem to care about others.”
Volunteerism—not whether, but how best to give back—was at the forefront of the “Alumni Think Big—Big Public Service Ideas” conference session, as eight Harvard graduates and one visiting practitioner presented their “Big Ideas That Will Change the World” at a Wintersession forum in the Science Center.
The Harvard Clubs Summer Community Service Fellowship program enables undergraduates to perform public service across the country. Read about Annika's experience!
As with most Harvard students, bonding with classmates started right out of the gate for Arthur Karell AB ’01.
Lindsay Hyde AB ’04 was able to launch Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) while she was a student with a Stride Rite Fellowship from Harvard College.
The Harvard Clubs Summer Community Service Fellowship (SCSF) program enables Harvard undergraduates to perform public service in one of several communities across the country. Read about Amanda's experience.
“Drop all that textbook stuff now and become a person.” These words were spoken by one of my mentors, Raul, and were the first things I heard upon entering the Mental Health Department of North Hudson Community Action Corporation. To a great extent, this statement succinctly describes my transformation this summer.
Anita Joseph AB '12 spends her summer in the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro studying public health facilities in Tanzania.
Katie Dahlinghaus AB ’12 works with Troy Community Works to evaluate how the number of renters in a neighborhood affects community development.