Authored by National Campaign student from the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY Meghan Waters. Colleges and universities often pride themselves on their commitments to diversity and tolerance. The University of Louisville, for example, “strives to foster and maintain an environment of inclusiveness that empowers us all to achieve our highest potential without fear of prejudice or bias.” The university expects every student and faculty member to respect our “many differences – including race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, disability, religion, national origin or military status.”
"...has an obligation to serve the public"
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Farah Pandith was appointed the first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities in June 2009 by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Under the leadership of Secretary John Kerry, the Office of the Special Representative is responsible for executing a vision for engagement with Muslims around the world based on a people-to-people and organizational level. In the years since her swearing in, Special Representative Pandith has traveled to more than 80 countries and launched youth-focused initiatives including Generation Change, Viral Peace, the Transatlantic Leadership Network, and Hours Against Hate.
Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, has been named a Senior Fellow with Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He will work at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and will also be a Visiting Fellow with Harvard’s Institute of Politics. He will start at Harvard in February 2014. At the Belfer Center, Rudd will lead a major research effort on possibilities and impacts of a new strategic relationship between China and the United States. With China on track to surpass the U.S. as the world’s largest economy during the next decade, the initiative will explore the shape of a new relationship and its impact on the global order.
Authored by National Campaign student from University of Texas at Austin Catherine Benavidez '14. “Be the change you wish to see” is one of my favorite quotes. It was created by someone that was channeling their inner Gandhi. Real Gandhi, the iconic civil rights activist, didn't ever say that. But the message is clear: it reminds us that we don’t have to accept society in the state that it’s in… especially if it has been crafted by longstanding traditions and misconceptions. Unfortunately, contemporary cynicism prevents people from realizing that as a collective, we have the power to create the world that we want to live in. Chipping away at this apathetic normalcy that holds so many captive comes in 3 main steps.
Mark L. Wolf was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 1985, served as its Chief Judge from 2006 through 2012, and is now a Senior Judge. He has previously served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States and Chair of the Committee of District Judges on the Judicial Conference, and on the Judicial Conference Committees on Criminal Law, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and Codes of Conduct.
On the morning of February 27, 2013, HKS student Nick Bayard and HGSE student Sedia Dennis thought they were just showing up to have their photographs taken in the Dear World photography event in the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum. Neither of them expected to meet their future spouse. For the second year in a row, Harvard’s Institute of Politics had sponsored Robert X. Fogarty’s Dear World project to visit Harvard and take photographic portraits of students with personal messages to the world written on their bodies.
Bob White brings a unique perspective to the world of politics having entered in a non-traditional way. His deep involvement in political campaigns – senatorial, gubernatorial and presidential – began after a distinguished business career. In 1984, White was a founding partner of Bain Capital along with Mitt Romney and a small group of colleagues. Bain Capital started as a small private equity firm managing $38 million in a single office located in Boston
Authored by National Campaign student from Arizona State University Shireen Sarah Nouri. While it feels like forever ago since the October conference, many of the lessons I learned still stir in my head. Lessons in team building, leadership in advocacy, and public speaking were all beneficial, but what really stuck out to me was something I have witnessed several times before. Out of nearly sixty students from across the nation, I was the only one with a background and interest in health care. This was not the first time I encountered this disconnect between politics and health care.
Edward F. Davis has been in law enforcement for 35 years. He served as the 40th Police Commissioner of the City of Boston from December 2006 until October 2013. Commissioner Davis was Boston’s lead police official during the tragic Marathon bombing and testified before Congress about the bombing and lessons learned. Prior to that, Davis was the Superintendent of the Lowell Police Department, a position he held for 12 years and one he rose to after starting out as a patrol officer in 1978.
When I first entered Harvard in the fall of 2006. I immediately felt pressure to join the ranks of future doctors, lawyers, and bankers. While aspects of those jobs appealed to me, I struggled to reconcile my desire to do more to address social injustices. During my sophomore year, I was introduced to idea of making a career out of public service through a summer internship in New York City sponsored by the Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC), where I encountered high functioning organizations such as Harlem Children’s Zone.