inspiring public service

Dean's Initiative: Inspiring Public Service

Public Service Week 2017: February 21–25

Public service is central to the Harvard Kennedy School mission. Public Service Week (PSW), an HKS tradition, provides the opportunity to focus our collective energy on the issues that inspire us. Public Service Week 2017 features an exciting lineup of events from hands-on projects in the community to lectures on scaling global development programs. PSW 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.

HKS Serves: Friday, February 24
The week culminates with HKS Serves on Friday, February 24. Volunteer teams will prepare lunch at a shelter, sort and assemble clothing donations for disadvantaged families, and clean up along the Charles River. Sign up to volunteer here.

Social Media
Join us in sharing your impact on the ground by sending pictures, videos, and written reflections on Public Service Week 2017 events to, and the SPSC Facebook Page. Use #HKSimpact on your Facebook wall, Twitter feed, and Instagram!


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, either email us at or have your photo taken by visiting our booth in the Forum during lunch hours, 12:00–1:00pm, Tuesday–Friday.
Sponsor: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)
Littauer: Forum, Ground Floor


Tuesday, February 21

Student Panel: Stories of Service
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)
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
Taubman: 1st Floor, Center for Public Leadership, Darman Conference Room

From Harvard to the White House and State Department:
Perspectives on Public Service
Join Jon Finer, Sarah Hurwitz, and Dean Doug Elmendorf.
Sponsor: Institute of Politics
Littauer: Forum


Wednesday, February 22

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
Graduate School of Design: Gund Hall

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
Sponsors: Dean’s Office; Office of Career Advancement; Alumni Relations & Resource Development; Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)
Littauer: Room 324


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. Sign up here.
Sponsor: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)
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) 
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)
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
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.
Sponsor: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)
Belfer: Starr Auditorium

Public Service Week is cosponsored by:
Harvard Kennedy School / Dean’s Office
Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

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