Announcing the Dean's Community Building Challenge

December 1, 2016
Announcing the Dean's Community Building Challenge
Dean Hunt Lambert's Letter to HES Degree Candidates

Harvard Extension School extends Harvard to global lifelong learners with the academic ability, curiosity, and drive to succeed in rigorous Harvard courses and programs at night, in the summer, online, and in retirement. Because of this, the HES student body is truly diverse.

Our community is global. You reside in every time zone. You represent many cultural and career backgrounds. You span an age range from 18 to 89. More than half of you take your Harvard Extension School courses online. This wealth of differing experiences and perspectives makes our HES community a dynamic and exciting place to learn and grow.

As one of 12 degree-granting institutions at Harvard University, we are proud to teach the largest and most eclectic student body. Over the years, HES students have created community and participated in a wide variety of student-led clubs and activities that are supported by the Harvard Extension Student Association. With an ever-increasing diversity of students around the world, building community within our student body has never been more important.

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Today, I am honored to announce the Dean's Community Building Challenge. The goal of the Dean's Challenge is to open the doors of our community building efforts even wider. What would a strong community look like to you? How can we get there? I'd like to hear your ideas about what new initiatives, events, and practices the HES community should take on as we continue to build a strong, diverse community that supports all of you as you make your journey to completing your education dreams.

All currently-enrolled students are invited to form a team of three to four people that includes at least two degree candidates and one distance student and submit a proposal for a community building initiative for our student body. Each member of the winning team will receive support to bring their project to life, plus a Harvard Extension School course tuition waiver for one course to be used within 12 months from receipt.

The complete details for the Dean's Community Building Challenge are located here. Submissions of your team proposals are due by January 30, 2017.

For questions, please contact Ian Jackson at the Student Clubs & Activities Office at, or +1 (617) 998-8514.

UPDATE: A new Facebook Group has been created to facilitate networking and team-building for those who wish to participate in the Dean's Challenge. Visit