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Undergraduate Council

UC Creates Campaign in Favor of Multicultural Center, Launches Water Filter Distribution

The Undergraduate Council voted to pass legislation initiating a student-based campaign to advocate for the creation of a multicultural center at Harvard, as well as legislation to launch a program to disperse water filters to students during a Sunday meeting.

Counseling and Mental Health Services

UC Calls For Ivy League Mental Health Reform, Funds Project Supporting Gender Non-Conforming Students

The Undergraduate Council endorsed an all-Ivy League statement on mental health and allocated funds toward a project supporting transgender and gender non-conforming students in purchasing gender-affirming clothing at its regular meeting Sunday.

Harvard Yard
Undergraduate Council

UC Releases Spring 2021 Survey Results, Student Satisfaction and Engagement Low Overall

“This is a rare opportunity to reimagine Harvard that should not be taken lightly,” the report reads. “Harvard’s decisions this Fall will set the tone for the remainder of the decade and beyond.”

Smith Campus Center
Undergraduate Council

UC Creates Health Services Information Week, Issues Statement Condemning Sexual Harassment

The Undergraduate Council passed legislation to establish an information week about services at HUHS and to release a statement on addressing sexual harassment at Harvard on Sunday.

Menstrual Products
Undergraduate Council

UC Reinstates Free Period Products Pilot Program

The Undergraduate Council passed legislation to reinstate its program to provide students with free disposable hygiene products during the spring 2021 semester Sunday.

UC Meeting Space

UC Supports Fundraiser for Asian American Groups, Endorses Legal Complaint Against University’s Fossil Fuel Investments

Through the legislation, the UC will match student donations of up to $1,000 made to the Harvard Asian American Coalition’s fundraiser, which will allocate funds to national and local organizations committed to supporting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Harvard Researchers Find Evidence for Supermassive Black Hole Movement

Harvard researchers have found evidence that supermassive black holes move, according to a study published in The Astrophysical Journal last week.

UC Zoom Meeting
Undergraduate Council

UC Votes to Conduct Survey on Spring Semester, Release Fitness and Recreation Guide

The Undergraduate Council voted Sunday to conduct a student experience survey for the spring 2021 semester and release a fitness and recreation resource guide.

University Hall
Undergraduate Council

UC Endorses Calls on Harvard to Condemn Alleged Human Rights Violations During Protests in India

The Undergraduate Council passed legislation Sunday endorsing a petition calling on Harvard administrators and the University’s Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute to “denounce the detention and repression” of protesters in India under Prime Minister Narendra D. Modi’s administration.

UC Meetings
Undergraduate Council

UC Endorses Petitions in Support of Cornel West and Against Statements by J. Mark Ramseyer

The Undergraduate Council voted to endorse a pair of statements during its Sunday night meeting — one supporting a petition to grant tenure to Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy Cornel R. West ’74, and another to condemn statements made by Harvard Law professor J. Mark Ramseyer.

Cambridge Vaccine Town Hall

Cambridge Vaccine Town Hall

Clockwise from top left, Cambridge Housing Authority Deputy Executive Director Brenda S. Downing, Cambridge Police Superintendent Christine A. Elow, Cambridge Chief Public Health Officer Claude A. Jacob, Harvard Medical School professor Michael C. Payne ’77, and Cambridge mayor Sumbul Siddiqui discuss the Covid-19 vaccine rollout and vaccine hesitancy among communities of color at a virtual town hall Tuesday.

Madeline Ranalli

College Student, Newton City Council Hopeful Madeline J. Ranalli ’23-’24 Lays Out Progressive Platform

Madeline J. Ranalli ’23-’24 is facing off against consultant John R. Oliver in a bid for the Ward One Councilor-at-large seat in the Newton City Council. The special municipal election will take place March 16.

Cambridge Vaccine Town Hall

Cambridge Officials Discuss Covid Vaccination Rollout, Hesitations from People of Color

The Cambridge Health Department hosted a virtual town hall Tuesday during which public health officers, medical experts, and government officials provided updates on the Covid-19 vaccine rollout and discussed hesitations that some people of color may have about receiving the vaccine.

Divest Protest
Undergraduate Council

UC Endorses All-Ivy League Statement Demanding Fossil Fuel Divestment

The Undergraduate Council endorsed a statement calling on all Ivy League institutions to divest from fossil fuels at a Sunday meeting.

UC Meeting Space
Undergraduate Council

UC Renews Summer Storage Program, Petitions to Stop CAMHS Late Fees

The Undergraduate Council voted to return its summer storage program and to petition for the removal of the Harvard Counseling and Mental Health Services’ recent $25 fee for last-minute cancellations and missed appointments on Sunday.