Our Platform

We’re committed to bridging the gap.

We promise to be transparent--that’s why our policies are built on concrete plans and mechanisms to hold ourselves and the UC accountable to everything we say. We have a goal and we are committed to showing you our progress in doing so, and we won’t stop until we are at 100%.

Our platform is focused on building up campus life, connecting you to resources, and supporting your experience.

Build

Up Campus Life

Support

Your Experience

Connect

You to Resources
BUILD

Build

Let’s build up campus life by advocating for space.

Multicultural Center

Advocate for an inclusive, physical space near the Yard where students from diverse backgrounds can access resources and socialize. We are currently working with fellow UC members to push administrators to make this a priority of the College.


First-Year Social Space

Partner with the FDO and FAS to create a first-year social space near the Yard geared towards enhancing first-year life.


Gender Inclusive Housing & Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Work with the FDO, building managers, and Office of BGLTQ+ Student Life to develop an actionable plan for gender inclusive housing and gender neutral bathrooms.


New Social Spaces Within Houses

Advocate for increased access to existing social spaces and more spaces in houses (e.g. converting a tutor storage space in Quincy).


Physically Accessible Spaces

Work with the administration to renovate or develop physically accessible spaces, such as an elevator in the Phillips Brooks House.

CONNECT

Connect

Harvard can definitely be overwhelming and oftentimes it can be hard to understand what’s going on. We believe that’s where the UC can step in. Let’s create a Harvard that connects students, administrators, staff, and resources.

Progress Bar

Create a progress bar under all of our campaign policies to track meetings and actions and keep accountability on the UC website.


Harvard Conversations

Create a weekly program for faculty members and 10-15 students from all years, concentrations, and backgrounds to converse about a topic of choice over catered dinner in Senior Common Rooms of houses.


Matchmaker Collaboration Grant

Institute a grant in which officially recognized student groups who submit applications are randomly paired with another organization on campus. They will be given $150 to have a social event for members of both organizations. Receipts will not be collected.


UC as a Resource Center

Restructure the UC website to be a centralized base that lists all mental health, sexual assault, spiritual, religious, and ethical, and financial resources on campus and within Harvard.


Collaborative Dinners

Sponsor collaborative dinners between peer counselors, mental and sexual health educators, administrators, and affiliated students to facilitate administrative support and open channels of communication towards promoting mental health for peer counseling groups.


Student Leaders and Administrators Mingle

Host and support events that mix student leaders and administration to facilitate stronger connections. Administrators should be celebrating different student leaders who are creating communities on our campus.


Bring Back HBO Go

We would never suggest funding the UC directly through corporate sponsorships because such a practice could compromise the independence of the council, but we are proposing offering branding rights to campus-licensed Philo + HBO Go in exchange for an outside company paying for the service (first-years, read here). We've already spent a semester as UC Reps pushing the administration to resume this service. And since they've refused, we think this is a tangible way that we can (re)connect you to resources.

SUPPORT

Support

We believe in a Harvard where every student feels safe, supported, and empowered to create the community we deserve.

Undocumented Students

We live in a very stressful time and it is imperative that we affirm our support for undocumented students and offer any and all measures of administrative and institutional support within our power. We support expanding the role of the Fellow for Undocumented Students at the College.


Affirmative Consent

Partner with the Title IX office and OSAPR to push for a policy of affirmative consent rather than unwelcome conduct.


Diverse Mental Health Counselors

Work with CAMHS, HUHS, student groups and the university administration to hire more full-time mental health professionals, with an explicit focus on diversity. Wait times can go upwards of three weeks for counselors of color, and we will work to understand the structure of hiring.


Training Module for Addressing Mental Health

Work with SMHL and CAMHS to develop a training module for proctors, tutors, and resident deans to ensure knowledge of mental health issues and make referrals to available resources. This module would be implemented either as a required electronic training module or an in-person annual training session, working with SMHL’s in each house.


Transparency with Sexual Assault Response

Work with the Title IX and ODR offices to publish an annual report about the generalized usage and efficacy of these offices in sexual assault response (e.g. average investigation time, total number of investigations, generalized actions taken). This effort, modeled after an annual report at Yale University, would be for the goal of strengthening belief in the system of sexual assault response at Harvard (or otherwise calling to attention deficiencies in the process).


First-Gen, Low-Income and Race Relations Support

Ensure that every house has a first-gen, low-income tutor and a race relations tutor and that they receive a stipend from the University, just as Fellowship & CARE tutors are compensated. Push for expansion of the First-Gen, Low-Income Student Advocate at the FDO to support students of all years. Help make the first-gen pre-orientation program a success.


University Research Center on Race and Ethnicity

Boost the movement for ethnic studies at the College and advocate for a broader university-wide research center on race and ethnicity.


Institutionalize Peer Counseling Opening Days Support

Ensure that the peer counseling groups have funding that is institutionalized for dining hall swipe access during their training period before the school year begins. The UC provided $2000 last year to fund these meals, which was imperative to peer counseling groups training successfully, especially when they are so intensive.


Leading the Way in Promoting Inclusive Excellence

We promise to make sure that the UC receives trainings from the Women’s Center, Office of BGLTQ+ Student Life, and OSAPR to ensure that representatives are supported, educated, and informed when crafting/voting on legislation.

But we aren’t stopping there. We have been listening to student voices and have a list of policies that we will commit to during our time -- policies that are already being worked upon by fellow UC members. Check out our full list here!