Community and Special Interest Groups

We aim to build an FAS community where every employee can feel at home–embracing our individual differences, connecting with like-minded colleagues, and even daring to stretch beyond the familiar.  As an FAS employee, you have virtually unlimited opportunities to follow your passions and to learn, grow, and connect with others.

The ABCD Committee

The ABCD Committee is an informal association of IT managers, programmers, researchers, students and faculty at Harvard and affiliated institutions. This committee meets monthly.

African-American

The Association of Black Faculty, Administrators and Fellows (ABFAF) supports and advocates for the University's Black community.  It provides a means of communication, interaction and counseling for members of the Harvard Black community through seminars, discussion groups, and social gatherings.  ABFAF is open to all faculty, administrators, fellows and staff.

The internationally renowned W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research is the nation's oldest research center dedicated to the study of the history, culture, and social institutions of Africans and African Americans.  The Institute sponsors lectures and exhibits, publishes research, and hosts archives.

Asian and Asian American

The Harvard Association of Asian and Asian American Faculty and Administrators (HAAAAFA) was founded to provide opportunities for networking, career development, and awareness and support of the Asian and Asian American community at Harvard.

Crimson Toastmasters Club

The Crimson Toastmasters Club part of an international organization devoted to developing communication and leadership skills.

Harvard Neighbors

Harvard Neighbors helps both newcomers and more established members of the University community become acquainted with one another, through a wide variety of activities including knitting and book groups, non-English language discussion groups, and outings to museums and recreational sites.

Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus

The Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus brings together staff, students, and members of the Greater Boston Community.  Auditions are held in September, with limited openings every January.  Rehearsals are weekly, with two concerts of major choral-orchestral works at the end of each semester.

Harvard Recreation's Club Program

Harvard's more than two dozen clubs offer the chance to get fit, have fun and meet others around campus who share your interests, ranging from Akido to dance to ultimate Frisbee. Employees are welcome to join although clubs are generally student-run.

Latino

The Association of Harvard Latino Faculty and Staff is dedicated to articulating, supporting, and promoting the needs and goals of the Latino community at Harvard University.  Membership is open to all faculty, administrators, fellows, and staff employed by Harvard University and its affiliates who support the mission of this Association.  Becoming a member of the Association is free of charge.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)

All Harvard staff and faculty are welcome to join the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus. Benefits of membership include access to the online membership database and participation in Harvard's large LGBT community.  In addition, the LGBT Faculty and Staff Group seeks to provide a common voice for all LGBT staff, and advocate for LGBT interests at Harvard. There are also several networking and support groups that focus on organizing LGBT faculty and staff and helping them feel comfortable in the workplace.

Native American

The Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) brings together students, faculty, and staff from all parts of the University, as well as friends and community members from peer schools and the surrounding Cambridge/Boston area.  HUNAP offers a series of events throughout the year, including informal social gatherings, community dinners, an annual spring Powwow, and a colloquia series.

Parents and Families

Looking for a playgroup for your child? Both Harvard Students’ Spouses and Partners Association (HSSPA) and Harvard Neighbors sponsor weekly playgroups.

Parents of children with special needs will find community, support, and information through the Helping Children with Special Needs Together network, which also sponsors presentations by community experts.

Religion/Spirituality

The Harvard Chaplains nurture the spiritual and ethical lives of students, faculty and staff, and help them learn to listen to those who believe differently.

Spouses and Partners

Harvard Students’ Spouses and Partners Association (HSSPA) is open to the spouses and partners of all Harvard students, post-docs, faculty, and staff. Since 1896, HSSPA has provided a way to make friends and enjoy a sense of belonging within the Harvard community. HSSPA sponsors outings, social events, and playgroups.

Veterans

Learn more about Military and Veteran support at Harvard.

Volunteering

Learn more about Harvard affiliated and other volunteer opportunities.

Women

The Committee on the Concerns of Women (CCW) is a university-wide group open to all female staff, administrators, faculty, students, and affiliates. The group serves as a network for women throughout the University and as a forum for women's issues and concerns. CCW generally sponsors bi-monthly luncheon programs during the academic year, with the goal of reflecting the interests of women at Harvard. Email ccw@harvard.edu for more information.