The Community Action Committee (CAC) has a broad spread of activities and engagements, providing both educational and hands-on participatory experiences for members. CAC’s goal is to educate and inform members about community organizing through theory, historical case studies, and guest speakers, and then to use that knowledge to politically engage the Harvard, greater Boston/Cambridge communities, and nation as a whole. Students will have the chance to sit down, listen to, and interact with a slew of experienced professionals in the field, which will prove invaluable while they help work on a fulfilling capstone project.
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.
- 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.