Community Action

The Community Action Committee (CAC) has a broad spectrum of interests and activities.

The primary goals for members are to learn about community organizing, and use that knowledge to politically engage the Harvard and greater Boston/Cambridge communities.

CAC members not only gain insight on how to become effective community leaders and organizers, but they also use their knowledge and experience by mobilizing and engaging voters to promote voter registration, by promoting cooperation and political engagement amongst Harvard’s politically active clubs through the Political Action Network, and by mobilizing the Harvard community by working one-on-one with clubs and communities outside the IOP. Ultimately, if you want to combine your interest in politics with hands-on work, the Community Action Committee is the group for you.

What opportunities exist for individuals interested in Community Action Committee (CAC)?

  • Grow political engagement and overcome political divisions at Harvard: CAC has continued to build its Political Action Network (PAN) consisting of over 25 undergraduate student clubs from across the political spectrum, including the Harvard Republicans, Harvard Democrats, and Philips Brooks House Association (PBHA), in an effort to foster greater political engagement and collaboration, while overcoming partisan division. Help recruit clubs, organize and lead meetings, and work on shared goals.
  • Mobilize the Harvard community for change: Organize and mobilize Harvard students to stand up for issues that are important to them. Last year, for example, CAC members helped to organize the walkout for school safety, in solidarity with the March for Our Lives campaign.
  • Lead Harvard’s voter mobilization efforts: In collaboration with the Harvard Votes Challenge, CAC members will contribute to the University wide voter registration and turnout effort leading up to election day. You can learn more about the Harvard Votes Challenge here: http://iop.harvard.edu/vote
  • Contribute and come to meetings! Learn and understand the practices needed to inform and incite action within the community through workshops, guest speakers, and roundtable discussions.

Chaired by: Derek Paulhus | derekpaulhus@college.harvard.edu