Committees work to address specific issues affecting the Student Body. The Student Government has the following committees:
Chairs: Diego Negrón-Reichard & Chidera Onyeoziri
Represent student interests on academic issues related to the faculty and administration. Past topics that this committee has focused on include LRW reform, improving registration, course evaluations, and broadening curriculum options. The Academic Affairs Committee also plays an integral role in our annual Teaching & Advising Awards selections.
Chair: Ryan Powers
Provide community service opportunities for both student government and the student body at large to participate in. The committee will be responsible for ensuring that HLS stays true to its mission and serves those in the community.
Chair: Natassia Velez
Represent student interests related to diversity, equity, and inclusion to the faculty and administration. The committee frequently works to expand the Critical Race Theory curriculum, partners with the Admissions Office to connect with prospective students from diverse backgrounds, and collaborates with other student organizations to find ways of making HLS a better place for BIPOC. The committee also helps to ensure that Student Government remains accessible to traditionally marginalized populations.
Chairs: Velo-Vincent van Houden & Aris Hadjipanteli
Plan fun events to build campus-wide community. This year we’re taking a schoolwide beach trip to Cape Cod, going apple-picking in an orchard in New England, going ice-skating, and much more. Past events have also included Election Watch Parties, Halloween Costume Contests, and Harvard Paw School.
Chairs: Kirin Gupta & Rosie Kaur
Develop and promote the resources and services available to advance student health, wellness, and safety. Past issues have included Title IX policies, mental health resources, supporting students who breastfeed, improving Hemenway/IM Sports, and character and fitness question reform.
Chairs: Katherine Shen & William Tong
Represent interests to the faculty and administration that are especially pressing for the international student body. Historically, L.L.M. students have had particular difficulty enacting reform given that their program is only one year. This committee will work to address that difficulty by building a collective memory and ensuring that problems faced by the international student community are not overlooked by fellow domestic students or the administration.
Chair: Kit Metoyer
Strengthen the public interest community on campus, improve policies affecting public interest careers, and foster a spirit of public service among students. Issues include improving LIPP/SPIF, addressing disparities between OCS and OPIA, and strengthening the Public Interest Interview Program (PIIP).
Chairs: Nicole Khamis, Jazmine Phillips-Acie, Stacey Menjivar
Identify and solve issues that HLS students face in their everyday lives. Past topics that this committee has focused on include voter registration, gender-based disparities, financial aid advocacy, IT and printing, staplers, and dining options. The Student Affairs Committee is also responsible for matching prospective students to student hosts during ASW weekends.
Chair: Maisha Kamal
Engage with student organizations and journals and proactively represent their interests. Functions also include helping new organizations establish themselves and working with DOS to plan the annual Student Activities Fair.
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