Student-Organized Conferences

Harvard Kennedy School’s student life offers a rich array of co-curricular, service, and social activities, including student clubs and interest groups that students can become involved with and student-organized conferences.

The following list provides a sample of some of the student-organized conferences offered at Harvard Kennedy School:

  • Harvard African Development Conference
    Each year over 300 members of faculty, alumni, students, and community participants converge at Harvard University's only multidisciplinary conference dedicated to development in Africa. Attendees are provided with the unique opportunity to engage in meaningfully animated discussions with leaders in the fields of business, law, government, healthcare, and design. Visit the Harvard African Development Conference website.
  • Black Policy Conference
    The Black Policy Conference is the leading policy-driven forum to address the issues affecting Black communities. The conference provides an opportunity for the convergence of the world’s greatest minds and practitioners with the hope and intent of finding sustainable solutions for issues facing Black communities. Visit the Black Policy Conference website.
  • German Conference at Harvard
    Germany, the US, and the Future of the Transatlantic World: The student-organized German Conference - exploring the fate of the Western world. Visit the German Conference at Harvard website.
  • Harvard India Conference
    This March, Harvard University and a roster of global luminaries gather to embrace the most powerful reality of the Indian story: That there is no single, universal Indian narrative. The India Conference at Harvard, India vs. India: Local Strength vs. Global Growth, brings together business leaders, entertainment professionals, government officials, philanthropists, and many others to engage with their strands of the colorful Indian narrative in a multiplicity of fields. Our focus will be not on oversimplifying, but on encouraging complexity and controversy. Visit the Harvard India Conference website.
  • International Development Conference
    The International Development Conference at Harvard Kennedy School is an annual student-organized, student-run conference dedicated to fostering a constructive dialogue between leading academics, practitioners, policy makers and students concerned with creating a better world. The conference is hosted at Harvard Kennedy School and is a joint effort between students at Harvard and Carnegie Mellon University. Visit the International Development Conference website.
  • Latino Law, Policy, and Business Conference
    Now in its 18th year, this conference brings together Latino leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to discuss issues of importance to the Latino community. One of the longest Latino traditions at Harvard, the conference has sparked dialogue across disciplines; provided networking opportunities for students, alumni, and professionals; and inspired the next generation of Latino leaders. Visit the Latino Law, Policy, and Business Conference website.
  • Social Enterprise Conference
    The Social Enterprise Conference is one of the world’s leading forums to explore the intersection of business and social impact. The conference is entirely student-run, jointly hosted by students from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. Visit the Social Enterprise Conference website.

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