Inspiring Public Service 2015

Public Service Week 2015

HKS Public Service Week 2015: February 23-27

Public service is central to the Harvard Kennedy School mission. Public Service Week, an HKS tradition, provides the opportunity to focus our collective energy on the issues that inspire us. Public Service Week 2015 features an exciting lineup of events from hands-on projects in the community to lectures on scaling global development programs.

HKS Serves

The week culminates with HKS Serves on Friday, February 27. Volunteer teams will prepare meals for homebound individuals, serve lunch at shelters, and assemble donations for disadvantaged youth. Sign up to volunteer here.

Events by Policy Area

Education | Energy & Environment | Gender & Race | International Affairs | Leadership | Media | Careers/Networking | Public Service in Action| Technology

Events By Day

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday

Social Media

Join us in sharing your impact on the ground by sending pictures, videos, and written reflections on Public Service Week 2015 events to Jenny_Fowler@harvard.edu, SPSC@hks.harvard.edu and the SPSC Facebook Page. Use #HKSServes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Public Service Week is cosponsored by the Dean’s Office and the Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC). Thanks to all the HKS research centers and departments for their involvement.

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Programs by Policy Area

Education

Beyond the Classroom: A Discussion with Education Leaders and Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, February 24
5:30PM-7:00PM
LOCATION: Nye B,C
A panel discussion on leadership, management, and entrepreneurship in the education sector, featuring: Michael Brown: CEO and Co-Founder, City Year

  • Gerald Chertavian: Founder and CEO, Year Up
  • Linda Nathan: Founding Headmaster, Boston Arts Academy
  • Jesse Solomon: Executive Director and Founder of the Boston Teacher Residency Program, BPE
Moderator: Paul Reville, HGSE faculty member and former Massachusetts Secretary of Education
SPONSOR: Center for Public Leadership; Education PIC

Energy & Environment

EPA's Clean Power Plan: What Should States Be Sure Not To Do?
Monday, February 23
12:00PM-1:30PM
LOCATION: Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
This event will be led by Paul Sotkiewicz, Chief Economist, Markets, PJM Interconnection.
SPONSOR: Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

Environment and Human Capital: The Effects of Early Life Exposure to Pollutants in the Philippines
Wednesday, Feb 25
4:10PM-5:30PM
LOCATION: Littauer 382
Evan Peet from the Harvard School of Public Health
SPONSOR: Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

Gender & Race

Study Group: Eavesdropping On America’s Hidden Conversation About Race
Monday, February 23
6:00PM-7:30PM
LOCATION: WAPP Cason Conference Room (Taubman 102)
TPublic discussions about race tend to focus on seismic events, while the narratives in The Race Card Project often reflect more personal experience. Led by Michele Norris, this session explores how the Race Card Project can provide a better understanding of the lived experience of race in America and other cultures.
SPONSOR: Sponsor: Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy

International Affairs

The BRICS Group in Global Regulation: Leadership, Influence and Prospects
Thursday, Feb 26
11:45AM-1:00PM
LOCATION: Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
Mihaela Papa from the Fletcher School at Tufts University will be leading this seminar.
SPONSOR: Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

Leadership

Youth Leadership Conference
Saturday, Feb 28
7:30AM-6:00PM
LOCATION: Various locations around HKS
Approximately 65 low-income high school students from across Boston have been invited to engage in workshops led by HKS professors and students on Negotiations, the Arts of Communication, Lobbying and Public Narrative. There will also be a College Admissions panel with first generation college students from Harvard College.
SPONSOR: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

Media

"New Rules for Digital Journalists” – Speaker Series with Meredith Artley
Tuesday, February 24
12:00PM-1:00PM
LOCATION: Taubman 275
Meredith Artley, Editor-in-Chief at CNN Digital and president of the Online News Association, will share her expertise on the digital media landscape.
SPONSOR: Shorenstein Center

Careers/Networking

What Does it Take—Financially Speaking—to Make a Career in Government?
Friday, February 27
12:00PM-1:00PM
LOCATION: Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North
Considering a job in the public sector but are worried about your financial needs, benefits, retirement planning, or professional development? Join us! A seminar with HKS alumni working in the public sector, the conversation will cover individual motivations, decision-making, and tips on how to make a career in the public sector work financially. Representatives from Student Financial Services and Office of Career Advancement will also be there to answer questions.
SPONSOR: Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation; Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

Alumni/Student Networking Night
Friday, Feb 27
5:00PM-7:00PM
LOCATION: Malkin Penthouse, Littauer
To celebrate the end of Public Service Week, come meet accomplished HKS alums from around the region working in public service, mingle with fellow students, and enjoy delicious refreshments! Sign up here.
SPONSOR: Dean’s Office; Office of Career Advancement; Alumni Relations & Resource Development; Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

Public Service In Action

HKS Blood Drive
Tuesday, February 24
10:00AM-1:45PM
LOCATION: Nye ABC
SPSC, the Health PIC and the LGBTQ Caucus are co-sponsoring a blood drive with the Mount Auburn Hospital. The community needs your help - one donation can save two lives and all donated blood serves local patients.
SPONSOR: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC); Health PIC; LGBTQ Caucus

Share the Warmth! Clothes Drive for the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
Tuesday, February 24
2:00PM-3:00PM
LOCATION: Taubman Center (Taubman 321)
Help stock the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter with much-needed blankets, hats, gloves, and scarves. Bring your new or gently-used donation and in exchange for your warm gesture, we are sharing the warmth with coffee, tea, and afternoon snacks!
SPONSOR: Taubman Center for State and Local Government; Regional, State, Local & Tribal (RSLT) Governance PIC

Be the Match: Join the Bone Marrow Registry
Wednesday, February 25
11:00AM-3:00PM
LOCATION: JFK Jr. Forum
For many blood cancer patients, a bone marrow transplant is the only hope for survival, but it is difficult to find a match. Stop by the forum to sign up for the Be the Match Registry, a donor network of over 11 million individuals which serves both U.S. and International donor centers.
SPONSOR:Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

Cooking Event for Homeless Women with the Latin American Caucus
Friday, February 27
5:00PM-8:00PM
LOCATION: private residence
Volunteers from the Latin American Caucus will be getting together for a cooking event to benefit On The Rise, an organization that promotes safety, community and advocacy for homeless women.
SPONSOR: Latin American Caucus

HKS Serves: The Pulse of Public Service
Friday, February 27 All Day
LOCATION: Multiple sites, off-campus
Volunteer teams will travel to off-campus sites for a Day of Service. Projects include serving lunch at shelters, beautifying the Charles River, working with children, and assembling donations for disadvantaged youth. Sign up to volunteer here.
SPONSOR: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

HKS Canned Food Drive
ALL WEEK
LOCATION: Donation boxes located at Taubman Rotunda, Taubman Study, Littauer Ground Floor (security station)
Donate your canned food to benefit the Helping Hands Food Pantry, which serves between 300 and 400 households throughout the Greater Boston area each month. Donation boxes available throughout Public Service Week. Packaged food items (such as rice, boxed meals, sugar, flour) are also welcome! Email spsc@hks.harvard.edu for information on more ways to donate.
SPONSOR: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC); Students for the Alleviation of Poverty and Social Inequality (SAPSi) (TBC)

Technology

Why Are Technology & Open Innovation Important for Public Policy Students?
Monday, February 23
10:00AM-11:30AM
LOCATION: Taubman 275
With Aneesh Chopra, Walter Shorenstein Media & Democracy Fellow, co-founder of Hunch Analytics and former U.S. CTO, and Nick Sinai, Walter Shorenstein Media & Democracy Fellow and former U.S. Deputy CTO.
SPONSOR: Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

Seminar: Marketing U.S. Data: Data Jams, Datapaloozas, Hackathons, Prizes, & CDOs
Wednesday, February 25
4:00PM-5:30PM
LOCATION: WAPP Cason Conference Room (Taubman 102)
Led by Nick Sinai, former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer, this seminar will discuss the use of competitions and incentives to spur greater use of federal data, as well as the role of Chief Data Officers in federal agencies. Guest: Aneesh Chopra, co-founder Hunch Analytics and former U.S. Chief Technology Officer.
SPONSOR: Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

Labor & Healthcare Data Briefing
Thursday, February 26
8:30AM-9:30AM
LOCATION: Allison Dining Room
Summary of outcomes of executive sessions on labor market data and healthcare innovation. For students and members of the media. With Aneesh Chopra and Nick Sinai.
SPONSOR: Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

Data & Technology in Government Panel
Thursday, February 26
6:00PM-7:30PM
LOCATION: Starr
With Todd Park, White House Technology Advisor; Lynn Overmann, Deputy Chief Data Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce; DJ Patil, former Chief Data Scientist, LinkedIn. Aneesh Chopra and Nick Sinai will moderate.
SPONSOR: Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

Entrepreneur Roundtable
Friday, February 27
10:00AM-12:00PM
LOCATION: One Brattle Street, Room 402
With Aaron Chatterji, Visiting Associate Professor, Harvard Business School, Aneesh Chopra and Nick Sinai.
SPONSOR: Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

Programs by Day

Monday, February 23

HKS Canned Food Drive
ALL WEEK
LOCATION: Donation boxes located at Taubman Rotunda, Taubman Study, Littauer Ground Floor (security station)
Donate your canned food to benefit the Helping Hands Food Pantry, which serves between 300 and 400 households throughout the Greater Boston area each month. Donation boxes available throughout Public Service Week. Packaged food items (such as rice, boxed meals, sugar, flour) are also welcome! Email spsc@hks.harvard.edu for information on more ways to donate.
SPONSOR: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC); Students for the Alleviation of Poverty and Social Inequality (SAPSi) (TBC)

Why Are Technology & Open Innovation Important for Public Policy Students?
10:00AM-11:30AM
LOCATION: Taubman 275
With Aneesh Chopra, Walter Shorenstein Media & Democracy Fellow, co-founder of Hunch Analytics and former U.S. CTO, and Nick Sinai, Walter Shorenstein Media & Democracy Fellow and former U.S. Deputy CTO.
SPONSOR: Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

EPA's Clean Power Plan: What Should States Be Sure Not To Do?
12:00PM-1:30PM
LOCATION: Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
This event will be led by Paul Sotkiewicz, Chief Economist, Markets, PJM Interconnection.
SPONSOR: Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

Study Group: Eavesdropping On America’s Hidden Conversation About Race
6:00PM-7:30PM
LOCATION: WAPP Cason Conference Room (Taubman 102)
TPublic discussions about race tend to focus on seismic events, while the narratives in The Race Card Project often reflect more personal experience. Led by Michele Norris, this session explores how the Race Card Project can provide a better understanding of the lived experience of race in America and other cultures.
SPONSOR: Sponsor: Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy

Tuesday, February 24

HKS Blood Drive
10:00AM-1:45PM
LOCATION: Nye ABC
SPSC, the Health PIC and the LGBTQ Caucus are co-sponsoring a blood drive with the Mount Auburn Hospital. The community needs your help - one donation can save two lives and all donated blood serves local patients.
SPONSOR: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC); Health PIC; LGBTQ Caucus

"New Rules for Digital Journalists” – Speaker Series with Meredith Artley
12:00PM-1:00PM
LOCATION: Taubman 275
Meredith Artley, Editor-in-Chief at CNN Digital and president of the Online News Association, will share her expertise on the digital media landscape.
SPONSOR: Shorenstein Center

Share the Warmth! Clothes Drive for the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
2:00PM-3:00PM
LOCATION: Taubman Center (Taubman 321)
Help stock the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter with much-needed blankets, hats, gloves, and scarves. Bring your new or gently-used donation and in exchange for your warm gesture, we are sharing the warmth with coffee, tea, and afternoon snacks!
SPONSOR: Taubman Center for State and Local Government; Regional, State, Local & Tribal (RSLT) Governance PIC

Beyond the Classroom: A Discussion with Education Leaders and Entrepreneurs
5:30PM-7:00PM
LOCATION: Nye B,C
A panel discussion on leadership, management, and entrepreneurship in the education sector, featuring: Michael Brown: CEO and Co-Founder, City Year

  • Gerald Chertavian: Founder and CEO, Year Up
  • Linda Nathan: Founding Headmaster, Boston Arts Academy
  • Jesse Solomon: Executive Director and Founder of the Boston Teacher Residency Program, BPE
Moderator: Paul Reville, HGSE faculty member and former Massachusetts Secretary of Education
SPONSOR: Center for Public Leadership; Education PIC

Wednesday, February 25

Be the Match: Join the Bone Marrow Registry
11:00AM-3:00PM
LOCATION: JFK Jr. Forum
For many blood cancer patients, a bone marrow transplant is the only hope for survival, but it is difficult to find a match. Stop by the forum to sign up for the Be the Match Registry, a donor network of over 11 million individuals which serves both U.S. and International donor centers.
SPONSOR:Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

Seminar: Marketing U.S. Data: Data Jams, Datapaloozas, Hackathons, Prizes, & CDOs
4:00PM-5:30PM
LOCATION: WAPP Cason Conference Room (Taubman 102)
Led by Nick Sinai, former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer, this seminar will discuss the use of competitions and incentives to spur greater use of federal data, as well as the role of Chief Data Officers in federal agencies. Guest: Aneesh Chopra, co-founder Hunch Analytics and former U.S. Chief Technology Officer.
SPONSOR: Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

Environment and Human Capital: The Effects of Early Life Exposure to Pollutants in the Philippines
4:10PM-5:30PM
LOCATION: Littauer 382
Evan Peet from the Harvard School of Public Health
SPONSOR: Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

Thursday, February 26

Labor & Healthcare Data Briefing
8:30AM-9:30AM
LOCATION: Allison Dining Room
Summary of outcomes of executive sessions on labor market data and healthcare innovation. For students and members of the media. With Aneesh Chopra and Nick Sinai.
SPONSOR: Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

The BRICS Group in Global Regulation: Leadership, Influence and Prospects
11:45AM-1:00PM
LOCATION: Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
Mihaela Papa from the Fletcher School at Tufts University will be leading this seminar.
SPONSOR: Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

Data & Technology in Government Panel
6:00PM-7:30PM
LOCATION: Starr
With Todd Park, White House Technology Advisor; Lynn Overmann, Deputy Chief Data Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce; DJ Patil, former Chief Data Scientist, LinkedIn. Aneesh Chopra and Nick Sinai will moderate. SPONSOR: Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

Friday, February 27

HKS Serves: The Pulse of Public Service
All Day
LOCATION: Multiple sites, off-campus
Volunteer teams will travel to off-campus sites for a Day of Service. Projects include serving lunch at shelters, beautifying the Charles River, working with children, and assembling donations for disadvantaged youth. Sign up to volunteer here.
SPONSOR: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

Entrepreneur Roundtable
10:00AM-12:00PM
LOCATION: One Brattle Street, Room 402
With Aaron Chatterji, Visiting Associate Professor, Harvard Business School, Aneesh Chopra and Nick Sinai.
SPONSOR: Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

What Does it Take—Financially Speaking—to Make a Career in Government?
12:00PM-1:00PM
LOCATION: Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North
Considering a job in the public sector but are worried about your financial needs, benefits, retirement planning, or professional development? Join us! A seminar with HKS alumni working in the public sector, the conversation will cover individual motivations, decision-making, and tips on how to make a career in the public sector work financially. Representatives from Student Financial Services and Office of Career Advancement will also be there to answer questions.
SPONSOR: Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation; Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

Alumni/Student Networking Night
5:00PM-7:00PM
LOCATION: Malkin Penthouse, Littauer
To celebrate the end of Public Service Week, come meet accomplished HKS alums from around the region working in public service, mingle with fellow students, and enjoy delicious refreshments! Sign up here.
SPONSOR: Dean’s Office; Office of Career Advancement; Alumni Relations & Resource Development; Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

Cooking Event for Homeless Women with the Latin American Caucus
Friday, February 27
5:00PM-8:00PM
LOCATION: private residence
Volunteers from the Latin American Caucus will be getting together for a cooking event to benefit On The Rise, an organization that promotes safety, community and advocacy for homeless women.
SPONSOR: Latin American Caucus

Saturday, February 28

Youth Leadership Conference
7:30AM-6:00PM
LOCATION: Various locations around HKS
Approximately 65 low-income high school students from across Boston have been invited to engage in workshops led by HKS professors and students on Negotiations, the Arts of Communication, Lobbying and Public Narrative. There will also be a College Admissions panel with first generation college students from Harvard College.
SPONSOR: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

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