About the Program
The Climate Leaders Program for Professional Students at Harvard is a new student-led, faculty-advised program for Master's and professional doctorate students across all Harvard graduate schools, developed in partnership with the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE).
This program provides students with a hands-on opportunity to engage with others across Harvard who share a professional interest in climate-related work, to mentor one another in their development as practitioners, and to develop professional skills and relationships that support their future careers.
The program – which includes a weekend fall retreat at the Harvard Forest, dinners and workshops with leaders in the field, and a year-end event – will accept up to 40 Master's and professional doctorate students from at least 5 Harvard graduate schools, prioritizing students with a demonstrated interest in climate-related work.
The program will be led by a team of participating students, with guidance from advising faculty. The content of the workshops, dinners, and other programming will evolve throughout the year and from cohort-to-cohort, based on the shared values, interests, and priorities of the current cohort. Participants and faculty will be actively engaged in the design and execution of the program throughout the year.
The Climate Leaders Program for Professional Students at Harvard is a product of many efforts across campus to secure additional opportunities for cross-Harvard collaboration for students with a professional interest in climate-related work. It is primarily organized and administered in partnership with the Harvard University Center for the Environment, with additional partners across the University.
Weekend Retreat at the harvard forest
The program kicks off with a weekend intensive retreat with fellow participants in the Harvard Forest, a 3,500 acres facility owned and managed by Harvard in Petersham, Massachusetts. The forest is a site for internationally-significant climate science research. Students will stay overnight in the Forest in on-site facilities. During the weekend, students will get to know peers from across Harvard's graduate schools who share a professional interest in climate-related work, while setting program priorities and establishing a foundation for the inaugural year of the Climate Leaders Program.
dinners with leaders in the field
Over the fall and spring terms, participants will organize at least eight dinners with key leaders and experts in the field, based on the interests of their peers in the program. The climate-related topics covered at these dinners, as well as the overall format of the dinner, are left to the participants to determine together. Program participants will receive support from the Harvard University Center for the Environment and from faculty advisors in securing guests to come speak with students.
Over the fall and spring terms, participants will organize at least four workshops, focusing on developing critical skills. These workshops will allow participates to dive deep into climate-related topics like designing a low-carbon economy, negotiating across differences, managing effective multidisciplinary teams, or other topics of interest to the cohort as a whole.
Additional University Partners
Who is Eligible to Apply?
In order to join, you must be:
A current graduate student (e.g., MBA, MD, MPH, JD) enrolled at Harvard University and on campus for the entire 2019-2020 academic year.
Able to attend all mandatory sessions (listed below).
Fully committed to actively engaging. Participants will take the lead in developing and executing the program.
08/19/2019 Update: Our event calendar will be finalized within the coming days. Stay tuned.