HKS Public Service Week Takes Students, Staff Into the Community

April 11, 2011
by Lindsay Hodges Anderson

As part of Harvard Kennedy School’s Spring 2011 Public Service Week (April 4-8), students, staff and faculty took part in a number of public service related events on campus and volunteer opportunities in the community.

Events in the week included HKS’ first Sustainability Fair, a discussion on the country’s digital inequality, multiple events from the Office of Career Advancement, a John F. Kennedy, Jr., Forum event with former Harvard President Lawrence Summers, a Forum event with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice and much more.

On Friday morning, students and staff headed out into Somerville and spent the morning either volunteering in the Somerville Community Growing Center cleaning up the gardens for spring or with the Somerville Early Childhood Council helping put together a storybook walk that will soon be on display around Somerville (both these events are pictured in the slideshow above). HKS Dean David T. Ellwood and Somerville Mayor and current HKS student Joe Curtatone MC/MPA 2011 joined volunteers Friday morning to lend a hand. Friday afternoon, volunteers joined the Friends of Upper Mystic Lake to take part in shoreline cleanup of tidal debris.

The week of events was sponsored by the Dean’s Office and the Student Public Service Collaborative.

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