Spring 2017 Student Leadership Weekend Summit

February 2, 2017
Spring 2017 Student Leadership Weekend Summit
By Niki W. Lanter

Student leaders gather in the Greater Boston Area for the HESA Spring 2017 Weekend Summit

The Harvard Extension Student Association directors and officers gathered together for the Spring 2017 HESA Leadership Weekend Summit in the Greater Boston Area. Student leaders from Cambridge and Boston, as well as a few out-of-state officers, attended the weekend-long retreat at the end of January. One director, who was spending an internship with the UN in Germany, even participated via live video chat.

Dean Hunt Lambert's State of the School AddressState of the school

Several of the participants kicked off the weekend by attending Dean Hunt Lambert's state of the school address on Friday, January 27th at Maxwell Dworkin. The event was organized by the Harvard Extension Alumni Association. Immediately following the assembly, attendees took pleasure in light conversation and peer networking over refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Several members of HESA, HEAA, HGC, and a few student attendees later visited a local joint to enjoy delicious food and the company of dynamic friends, old and new.

Leadership and student service

The leadership weekend retreat was held on Saturday, January 28th and Sunday, January 29th at the Marriott Residence Inn in Watertown, MA. During the two-day summit, HESA officers discussed past accomplishments, ongoing endeavors, and future projects. Various student club leaders and representatives also joined the conference, and met some of the leadership members for the first time. Interspersed between the official business agenda are team-building exercises, which included building a Lego structure, sharing personal experiences, and playing cards.

Getting ready for Masquerade

The highlight of this Spring meeting, and the primary project that has been in the forefront of everyone's mind over the last few months, is the upcoming 7th Annual Masquerade Ball, which will be returning to the Sheraton Boston Hotel on Saturday, March 4th. HESA has partnered with the Harvard Graduate Council to promote the event and bring together all 13 Harvard schools in this much-anticipated gala of the year.

HESA Directors and Officers at the Spring 2017 Summit

Volunteer for a vibrant student experience

Participating in extracurricular activities, such as joining an interest group or serving in the student government, can help make the university experience a more wholesome and well-rounded one—whether you are studying on campus or as a distance student. If working with like-minded students to achieve a common goal is of interest to you, visit HESA or HGC to get started.

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