As exciting news for the week, HUEJ was provisionally approved as a recognized student organization by the Undergraduate Council! We will be celebrating soon, so look out for an email :) In the meantime, we have been very active with educational outreach and the divest campaign.
This Sunday, HUEJ partnered with the Harvard Association for U.S. - China Relations (HAUSCR) to lead a workshop for over 40 Chinese exchange students that related the concept of a liberal arts education to the environment. Educational Outreach Co-Chairs, Ana Luiza Nicolae '22 and Josh Stern '21, developed and taught a curriculum that facilitated conversation around the topics of agriculture and carbon sequestration. Students were presented with information on each topic, developed solutions to environmental and social challenges as a team, and then debated their ideas with another group of students. It was a pleasure working with HAUSCR and these students, and we are looking forward to leading another workshop soon, as well as partnering with the organization again in the future. If you are interested in facilitating one of these workshops or helping develop the curriculum, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Following the submission of an Undergraduate Council referendum calling the university to divest its $37.1 billion endowment from holdings in the fossil fuel industry, HUEJ members recruited signatures from their fellow undergraduate peers this week. We will keep you updated with the initiative! For more information, read our very own Ilana Cohen's (Secretary) article "Reviving Divestment" in the Harvard Political Review.
During our meeting on Saturday from 5-6pm, we finalized curriculum for the HAUSCR workshop, continued planning for the divest campaign, reviewed ideas for Green Orientation initiative, discussed our upcoming documentary screening, and more. On the agenda for divest, we have two important dates coming up:
Finally, Harvard is hosting the Climate, Biodiversity, and Survival: Listening to the Voices of Nature conference all day on 11/17 and 11/18 in the Geological Museum Lecture Hall (100). This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from leaders in the environmental field and discuss global solutions with fellow environmentalists. Register here - tickets for students are only $15! See everyone at our HUEJ meeting next week from 5-6pm in Lowell Inn 2nd Floor Pechet Room!