inspiring public service

Dean's Initiative: Inspiring Public Service

Public Service Week at HKS February 21–25, 2017

Harvard Kennedy School faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in HKS Public Service Week activities and events, some of which are listed below. We urge you to be a part of this exciting lineup, all focused on inspiring public service and making impact on the ground. For more details and a full listing of events, please check out HKS Today or

Weeklong Opportunity: Tell Your Own Story 

Share your own story of service with the HKS community! Stop by our storyboard and contribute a quick reflection. (If you’d like to share a photo to go along with your story, email us at or  visit our booth in the Forum during lunch hours)

Sponsor: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC) 

(location) Forum: Ground Floor


Tuesday, February 21

Student Panel


Join fellow HKS students in a panel discussion, as they share their inspiring stories of service. Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsor: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

(location) Taubman: Room 401

Building Inclusive Cities: A Conversation with Megha Mukim


As part of the Dubin Leadership Service Seminar Pittsburg Speaker Series, Megha Mukim will speak on her role as leader
of World Bank Initiative on Inclusive Cities. 

Sponsor: Center for Public Leadership

(location) Taubman: 1st Floor, Center for Public Leadership, Darman Conference Room


Wednesday, February 22

Alumni-Student Networking Night


Come meet accomplished HKS alums from around the region working in public service, mingle with fellow students, and enjoy delicious refreshments! RSVP at ( 

Sponsor: Dean’s Office; Office of Career Advancement; Alumni Relations & Resource Development; Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

(location) Littauer: Room 324

Creating Deliberate Social Changes in Cities: Lessons from the MegaCities Project


Presentation by Janice Perlman, author of Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio De Janeiro, and founder of the MegaCities Project.

Sponsor: Joint Center for Housing Studies

(location) Graduate School of Design: Gund Hall


Thursday, February 23

Blood Donation Drive with Mount Auburn Hospital


SPSC is 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)

(location) Taubman: 5th Floor, Nye A 

Why are Women Underrepresented as Leaders? Two Ideas from Recent Psychological Research


Presentation by Professor Francesca Gino, Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration, HBS.

Sponsor: Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) 

(location) Taubman: Room 102, WAPPP Cason Seminar Room


Friday, February 24

HKS Serves Spring 2017

All Day

Come join the HKS community to engage in service through various local community partners. Sign up at: (

Sponsors: Degree Programs and Student Affairs (DPSA), Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

(location) Multiple Sites: Women’s Lunch Place; Charles River Conservancy; Room to Grow, Greater Boston Food Bank; Cradles to Crayons

Ash Center Seminar


The Ash Center will host a seminar featuring Kinga Tshering MC/MPA 2017, Mason Fellow, and David Razu Aznar MC/MPA 2017, Mason Fellow, who have served in elected office in their home countries (Bhutan and Mexico). Lunch will be provided.

Sponsor: The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

(location) 124 Mount Auburn: 2nd Floor, Ash Center Foyer


Saturday, February 25

Youth Leadership Conference


The annual Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) invites high school freshmen and sophomores from greater Boston to the Kennedy School for a full-day of leadership workshops with HKS students and faculty. The theme for this year’s YLC is creating change in our communities. By the end of the conference, students will be empowered to execute their projects and create real change in the schools and neighborhoods they live in. Volunteers will do the following:

1. Lead icebreakers and team-building exercises

2. Facilitate discussions with students about social change, communication, and advocacy

3. Assist student groups in making action plans

4. Keep the conference moving smoothly

Sponsor: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

(location) Belfer: Starr Auditorium


Public Service Week is cosponsored by:

Harvard Kennedy School / Dean’s Office

Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

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