A directory of resources on the Harvard campus that are of interest to the HLS Democrats.  Explore the organizations, resource centers and programs of study listed below to find events, forums, meetings to attend, as well as different scholarship, fellowship, and mentorship opportunities.

Also look out for the HLS Democrats Weekly Digest, which provides members with a weekly overview of events sponsored by HLS Democrats and other on-campus organizations.  To receive the Weekly Digest, subscribe to the HLS Democrats listserv by sending an e-mail to hlsdems@mail.law.harvard.edu.



American Constitution Society

The HLS chapter of the progressive legal organization that works to ensure that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, robust democratic participation, and access to justice remain prominent in American law and life.


HLS Law and Government Program of Study

Provides HLS students interested in the workings of government access to courses, clinicals, and faculty who can help them organize their course of study around government structure and its general processes and particular regulatory fields.


HLS Law and Social Change Program of Study

A listing of ongoing and future events sponsored by the Law and Social Change Program of Study, which provides support to HLS students who wish to pursue careers in this area.  This program of study seeks to create social change agents by encouraging students to learn about the past, analyze relationships among law, society, the economy, and social institutions, dissect powerful institutions, and develop skills and capacities in data and policy analysis.



Institute of Politics

A memorial to President Kennedy, the Institute of Politics’ (IOP) mission is to unite and engage students with academics, politicians, activists, and policymakers on a non-partisan basis and to stimulate and nurture their interest in public service and leadership. The IOP strives to promote greater understanding and cooperation between the academic world and the world of politics and public affairs.


Center for Public Leadership

The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) is dedicated to excellence in leadership education and research by serving people in government, nonprofits and business through courses, seminars, workshops and executive programs for prospective leaders; financial support for scholars and practitioners; publications and international conferences; and public events at the Kennedy School.


Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy

A research center dedicated to exploring and illuminating the intersection of press, politics and public policy in theory and practice, the Joan Shorenstein Center strives to bridge the gap between journalists and scholars, and between them and the public through teaching and research at the Kennedy School, and its program of visiting fellows, conferences and initiatives.


Taubman Center for State and Local Government

The Kennedy School’s focal point for activities that address state and local governance and intergovernmental relations, the Taubman Center focuses on several broad policy areas, most notably: public management, innovation, finance, and labor-management relations; urban development, transportation, land use, and environmental protection; education; civic engagement and social capital; and the impacts of information technologies on both government and governance.


Harvard Kennedy School Women and Public Policy Program

This program seeks to close gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health and education by creating knowledge, training leaders and informing public policy and organizational practices.  The center’s research provides evidence-based insights on the role of gender in shaping economic, political and social opportunities available to individuals, and also identifies successful interventions, measures their impact on women, men, and society, then shares recommendations on what policies, organizational practices and leadership techniques help close involuntary gaps.


Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

A public interest research center in Washington, D.C., EPIC was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston/Boston 101

The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston strives to improve the governance of Greater Boston by strengthening connections between the region’s scholars, students, and civic leaders. A university-wide entity housed at the Kennedy School, the Institute pursues this mission by promoting emerging leaders, producing new ideas, and stimulating informed discussion.


Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

With a scope encompassing both local and global issues, the Mossavar-Rahmani Center strives to advance the state of knowledge and policy analysis concerning some of society’s most challenging problems at the interface of the public and private sectors by bringing together thought leaders from both business and government, conducting research, facilitating dialogue, and seeking answers that are at once intellectually rigorous and policy-relevant.



Harvard College Democrats

The largest partisan political organization at Harvard, the Harvard College Democrats’ activities include events with top Democratic Party officials, campaign trips across the country, and weekly policy discussions.


Harvard University Department of Government

Harvard’s Government Department hosts events and provides the Harvard community with intellectual opportunities in political science and cognate disciplines, access to some of the top international studies centers in the world, and a remarkable array of research institutes and seminars that draw scholars from around the globe.



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