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.
Partner with the FDO and FAS to create a first-year social space near the Yard geared towards enhancing first-year life.
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.
Advocate for increased access to existing social spaces and more spaces in houses (e.g. converting a tutor storage space in Quincy).
Work with the administration to renovate or develop physically accessible spaces, such as an elevator in the Phillips Brooks House.
Create a progress bar under all of our campaign policies to track meetings and actions and keep accountability on the UC website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Partner with the Title IX office and OSAPR to push for a policy of affirmative consent rather than unwelcome conduct.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Boost the movement for ethnic studies at the College and advocate for a broader university-wide research center on race and ethnicity.
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.
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.