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Public service is central to the mission of Harvard Kennedy School. Here, it is imperative to "ask what you can do" – for your community, your nation, and your world.
Members of the Kennedy School community demonstrate their commitment to public service in a variety of ways, including by participating in HKS Serves. This program is co-sponsored by 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 2016 culminated in a day of service (HKS Serves 2016), in which hundreds of Kennedy School students, staff and faculty worked at locations across the region. Project sites and partners included the Cambridge Community Center, the Charles River Conservancy, Cradles 2 Crayons, and Friends of Boston's Homeless.
The HKS Community also contributes to public service in other ways:
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.