The Community Action Committee (CAC) helps Harvard students impact the political process by taking action in their community. To this end, CAC is the entry point for community service and direct action at the IOP. Our projects and activities work to empower our community and foster political participation and awareness. In addition, CAC aims to bridge the gap between the various programs of the Institute of Politics by building a stronger IOP community. We work along side other Harvard community service and political organizations and community leaders to offer great opportunities for students to learn about local politics and help their community in the process. CAC Committee meet Wednesdays at 8pm in the Second Floor Conference Room.
What opportunities exist for individuals interested in Community Action Committee (CAC)?
- Help with voter registration in the Boston community . CAC annually collaborates with STOP (Students Taking on Poverty) and PBHA (Philips Brooks House Association) on a Boston voter registration and mobilization drive. Members enter low-income neighborhoods to teach citizens how to fill out voter registration forms and encourage them to participate in the political process.
- Plan IOP service days. Organize opportunities for the entire IOP community - staff members, fellows, and students - to give back to the community.
- Promote a partnership with campus community service groups. CAC is in communication with PBHA and other service groups in order to increase the IOP involvement in the Cambridge and Boston community. This semester we will institute an IOP shift in UNILU, a student-run homeless shelter.
- Go out into the Community! Every semester CAC thinks of creative ways to engage members of the Cambridge/Boston Community. We recently held a Young Leaders in Service Recognition Ceremony for local high school students making impacts in their local community.
- Come to meetings! Make your voice heard on how we can engage issues of importance to the community using politics