Public Interested Conference

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Public Interested is a campus-wide conference organized by the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship and collaboratively planned by the Harvard Alumni Association, Advanced Leadership Initiative, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard Innovation Labs, Institute of Politics, Office of Career Services, Office for the Arts, Office for Sustainability, Phillips Brooks House Association, and the Social Innovation and Change Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School. This conference offers several outstanding ways for students and alums to explore public interest careers, make connections, and discuss social issues.   The 2023 Public Interested Conference will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2023.

Our keynote conversation will feature John King, incoming Chancellor at the State University of New York and former U.S. Secretary of Education.

Breakout networking discussions include: advising on public interest careers, education, environmental justice, immigration reform, political engagement and advocacy, public and global health, public interest law and criminal justice reform, and safety nets: housing access and food security.

Register for the 2023 Public Interested Conference!

Schedule for the Conference

11:00 a.m.- Updates on Campus Social Impact Work

Noon – Networking Lunch with Students

1:00 p.m.: Keynote Conversation with John King, ’96, RDI ’19, SUNY Chancellor; former U.S. Secretary of Education; New York State Education Commissioner

2:00 p.m.: Big Public Service Ideas

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Networking Reception

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Ahmed Badr, EdM ’22: founder of Narratio, a digital storytelling platform for refugee youth who have been displaced across the world
  • Sharrelle Barber, ScD ’14: social epidemiologist and scholar-activist whose research focuses on the intersection of place, race, and health; founding director of Drexel University’s Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity
  • Connor Schoen, ’21: founder of Breaktime, a program committed to breaking the cycle of young adult homelessness through employment and workforce development
  • Monty Simus, MPP ’91, ALI ’16: an expert on water, energy, and food systems and founder of Water Politics
  • Renata Soto, ALI ’20: founder of Mosaic Changemakers, a year-long fellowship training program supporting leaders of color doing social justice work in the American South
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