Humanitarian Student Association

HHI is pleased to announce the launch of the Humanitarian Student Associationwhich

connects university-wide student groups + individuals interested in humanitarian events + opportunities at Harvard University.


what does "humanitarian" mean?

"Humanitarian" in this context means related to humanitarian response in conflict, disaster, or complex emergencies. Humanitarian responses and the environments in which they occur are complex, and overlap with many large fields (eg. global health, medicine, urban planning, engineering, gender studies, or military operations). Talks and events for students will feature a variety of experts and their specialties as relate to the field.


We aim to connect student groups as part of Harvard's humanitarian community, and serve students interested in learning more about current humanitarian topics and career paths through our events and network.


how we work:

HumSA, overseen by HHI, is focused on 1| connecting humanitarian student groups + working together to create 2| events for the student body.

We welcome all humanitarian-minded undergraduate + graduate students to sign up for 3| our university email list's biweekly digest of our on-campus events and more!


contact us:

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Katie Farineau

upcoming events + opportunities




Humanitarian Action Summit| Part I

“Shaping the Future of Humanitarian Action”

Thursday, October 25

Location: Menschel Hall at the Harvard Art Museum

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) warmly invites you to the 2018 Harvard Humanitarian Action Summit: Shaping the Future of Humanitarian Protection. The Harvard Humanitarian Action Summit aims to educate the Harvard community on critical issues facing the humanitarian sector. The summit will begin on October 25th with a keynote address by the Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Yves Daccord. Mr. Daccord will discuss humanitarian protection and data security, and announce a call for research papers, followed by expert “Ted Talk” style presentations on current "hot" issues in the humanitarian space by HHI experts and a dynamic networking reception at the Harvard Art Museum.

 Note: This event is open to everyone. More information can be found on the event Facebook page.


Humanitarian Action Summit | Part 2 

"Shaping the Future of Humanitarian Protection"

Thursday, November 1

Location: Harvard Faculty Club

The second portion of the Harvard Humanitarian Action Summit: Shaping the Future of Humanitarian Protection is geared towards graduate and undergraduate students and will commence on November 1st at the Harvard Faculty Club with an interactive series of panels, and rotating round tables focused on humanitarian protection broadly and data security. This portion of the Summit will be hosted in collaboration with Oxfam’s Humanitarian Directors Forum.

We have a limited number of spaces available for students
and faculty. Space will be determined via lottery. Preference given to those who can attend all day.
Please fill out the below form, and we will email you
if you are selected to attend the Summit.

More information in application form:

Summit Lottery Form


student opportunities


get involved:

1| email list

Join our Humanitarian Student Association mailing list to stay abreast of upcoming humanitarian events and opportunities at Harvard.

sign up link

2 | for student groups

want to join the Humanitarian Student Association?

HHI hosts reps. from undergraduate + graduate Harvard student groups interested in humanitarian topics 1x a month to brief on upcoming humanitarian events. The association generates ideas for new events, speakers, and opportunities. This is also designed to connect student groups to one another.

sign up link for groups

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