Harvard Foundation

The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations
S. Allen Counter, Director
Loc V. Truong, Assistant Director
2 Thayer Hall, 617-495-1527

The Harvard Foundation was established in 1981 by the President and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to bring about improved cultural and racial understanding within the Harvard community. The Foundation seeks to improve the Harvard community’s quality of life through expression of its diverse cultures and histories. The Foundation is also the focus of the College’s efforts to address the needs, concerns, and interests of students of color.

The Harvard Foundation sponsors many activities, including an annual University-wide cultural festival, a science conference for minorities and women, an intercultural writers series and film festival, and a series of panel discussions, that are designed to promote awareness and appreciation of all of Harvard’s ethnic cultures and their contributions to the cultural richness of the University. The Foundation’s Student and Faculty Advisory discusses issues and organize projects in the areas of scientific and cultural affairs, athletics, sociopolitical and academic issues. It also deals with Harvard House concerns, and community outreach services.

In addition, the Foundation provides numerous grants for student organizations that enable them to develop their own program for cultural expression. The grants are awarded each fall and spring to those organizations and projects that best serve to improve ethnic and intercultural relations within the Harvard community.