Committees work to address specific issues affecting the Student Body. The Student Government has the following committees:
Chair: Max Lupin
Members: Johnathan Blake, Todd Carney, Jessie Dawe, Lucy Litt
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.
Administer the HLS Community Service Bulletin to help connect students and student organizations to volunteer opportunities around the community. Involved spearheading Student Government community service projects, and coordinating with other groups on campus that offer them.
Chair: Priya Kamath
Members: Almas Lokhandwala, Amani Kmeid, Arlene Lopez, Armani Madison, Diego Alvarez, Ryan Sim, Avery Smith
Represent student interests related to diversity, equity, and inclusion to the faculty and administration. The JEDI 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 DEI Committee also helps to ensure that Student Government remains accessible to traditionally marginalized populations.
Chair: Erin Savoie
Members: Stephanie Perez
Plan fun events to build campus-wide community. Annual events include the Thanksgiving Charity Dinner, Halfway Through Harvard, Super Bowl Party, and Ping Pong Tournament. Past events have also included Apple Picking, Election Watch Parties, Halloween Costume Contest, and Harvard Paw School.
Chair: Phebe Hong
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.
Represent interests to the faculty and administration that are especially pressing for the international student body. This is the only Committee headed by two Chairs, one international J.D. student and one L.L.M. student. 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: Adira Levine
Members: Todd Carney, Avery Smith
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: Nicole Laurencia Franklin
Members: Olivia Noh
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.
Chair: Matthew Kahn
Members: Laura Karas
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).
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