Dean's Initiative: Inspiring Public Service

Public service is very much central to the core of the mission of Harvard Kennedy School. Here, it is imperative to "ask what you can do" – for your community, your nation and your world.

Acting Dean Archon Fung is committed to maintaining the School’s unifying commitment to public service by emphasizing its importance role in all elements of school operations and activities.

“We chose HKS because there is no finer community of rigorous, smart, and capable people devoted to working for the public — to exercising creativity, analysis, and leadership in order to address the most pressing problems of societies around the world,” Fung has said.



Members of the Kennedy School community demonstrate their commitment to public service in a variety of ways, including by participating in HKS Serves. Co-sponsored by the department of Degree Programs and Student Affairs (DPSA) along with the Dean's Office, the Student Public Service Collaborative and other administrative units throughout the School, HKS Serves provides opportunities for the students, staff and faculty to volunteer their time and energy on behalf of local organizations.

HKS Public Service Week in February 2015 culminated in a day of service (HKS Serves 2015), in which Hundreds of Kennedy School students, staff and faculty worked at multiple sites across the region. Various projects included serving lunch at shelters, beautifying the Charles River, working with children, and assembling donations for disadvantaged youth.



HKS Serves 2014 brought together more than 400 members of the community, who served at 23 sites throughout the area. The volunteer duties included everything from painting to mulching to putting together back-to-school kits for kids. In the video below, one student discusses the importance of public service.



We honor the fine work of all the volunteers who participated in HKS Serves 2014.




HKS and Rosie's Place: HKS faculty, students, and staff volunteer regularly at Rosie's Place, a shelter for poor and homeless women in Dorchester, MA. Volunteer opportunities are regularly advertised through HKS Today.

Green is the New Crimson: HKS is proud to be a part of Harvard University's sustainability efforts. The HKS Green Team is charged with implementing and emphasizing good practices throughout the school.

Student Public Service Collaborative: The Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC) coordinates the public service activities of students across the school. The SPSC works closely with the appropriate senior administrators and faculty to promote public service careers, a public service culture, and public service curricular activities.

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