Student Involvement

Message from Dean Miller

Warm Greetings,

I would like to warmly welcome you all back to campus for the beginning of what will be yet another exciting semester here at the college. It is my hope that you have all had ample time to reflect on the numerous endeavors you all undertook last semester and now plan to engage in yet another adventure as the Spring semester commences.

The task of fostering partnerships with student leaders and others is one that we’ve been pushing forward even as the frigid winter months have halted the ever-present buzz of student activities on our campus. Furthermore, all students can rest assured that this Spring semester will continue to build upon the momentum around student engagement, participation, and collaboration that has proven successful in cultivating an inclusive campus environment thus far. We have started but together we can build an even greater Harvard.

As you prepare your schedules for the Spring Semester, make sure to keep these programs and initiatives in mind:

  • New Collaboration and Innovation Grant- A grant for up to $3,000 to support student-run events that foster engaging community between multiple student organizations on campus. Apply here!
  • LeaderShape Catalyst- A one-day program focused on honing your leadership style, engaging in conversations with peers, and developing a plan to be a catalyst in your organization. Apply here by January 29th.
  • Live @ Sanders Theatre: Leslie Jones- Join us on 2/17 as we partner with the College Events Board to host a FREE performance by comedian and Saturday Night Live cast member Leslie Jones. Be on the lookout for the lottery survey coming soon!
  • College Nights at the Cambridge Queen's Head- Stop by the Cambridge Queen’s Head every Thursday night to grab some free food and see undergraduate student bands and artists perform.
  • TGI Mardi Gras Party- Join us in the Cambridge Queen's Head to celebrate Mardi Gras with music, food, and Mardi Gras themed crafts on the evening of Tuesday 2/28.
  • Yardfest 2017- The College Events Board is hard at work selecting the artist for this year's concert and will announce the lineup later this Spring!
  • Harvard College Leadership Recognition Reception- An awards ceremony to recognize students who prioritize leading by example and fulfilling the mission of Harvard College, as well as organizations that contribute a positive energy to our campus culture and promote inclusivity.

Look out for more details on these events and more from our office as the semester continues. Be sure to regularly read this newsletter and the weekly “You’re Invited” emails so you don’t miss out on all the great opportunities offered this semester.

Good luck to you all this semester!

Alex Miller, Assistant Dean of Student Life

Student Involvement

The Student Involvement Team in the Office of Student Life supports involvement outside the classroom. We offer support for student leaders in the creation of vibrant and inclusive activities that build community at Harvard College.  From student-led initiatives in the numerous student organizations on campus to various campus-wide events and traditions, we are here to enhance the student experience.


Involvement can take the shape of co-curricular or extra-curricular pursuits through which students have opportunities to develop new ideas, discover hidden talents, cultivate interpersonal skills, and work to accomplish collectively what could not be done individually.

Life-long learning, leadership development, personal growth, and even future careers are informed by pursuits, which include journalism, literature, music and the arts, public service, politics, religious life, business, and innumerable other realms.

Let us know how we can help with initiatives that contribute to the social and intellectual life of the College. 

Get involved 

There are over 400 student organizations at the College. Prospective students can search the list here. Current students can find organizations in theHub

Resources for student leaders

From event planning and travel to fundraising and finances, OSL provides the logistical support to get ideas off the ground. 

Leading in the Harvard community

The Harvard College Handbook for Students includes policies regarding undergraduate student organizations, including the types of organizations and the responsibilities and benefits of being a recognized organization on campus.