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BUILDING ON HISTORY WHILE COMPOSING THE FUTURE. Harvard’s new and its old bring us together in unique ways—enabling our full potential of being here and learning from one another; building a community across the diversity of our origins, identities, talents, and fields of study; and embodying the vision of One Harvard. Here are some examples of the ways in which The Harvard Campaign has strengthened our community on campus and the world at large.

Stories of Impact

Transforming Harvard's Campus

A hallmark of The Harvard Campaign has been the expansion and renewal of the University’s physical footprint, including Harvard Kennedy School’s reconfigured campus; construction of Klarman Hall, Chao Center, and Tata Hall at Harvard Business School; updates to Andover Hall at Harvard Divinity School; an ambitious expansion of Gund Hall at the Graduate School of Design; the renaming of Radcliffe Institute’s Knafel Center; a reimagined new facility for the Harvard Art Museums; common spaces such as Pritzker Commons in the Cabot Library; and enhancements to Harvard Athletics’ Lavietes Pavilion and the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Click through to learn more.

Celebrating the Alumni Community

From London to Los Angeles, Boston to Beijing, alumni, parents, and friends came together at 17 festive Your Harvard events throughout The Campaign. At each stop, Your Harvard guests heard from Drew Gilpin Faust, the 28th president of Harvard University—who shared her vision for the future of Harvard, including its global reach and impact—and engaged with eminent faculty in cross-disciplinary exploration of ideas and innovations that address challenges facing our society today.

Helping Mayors Lead with Vision and Purpose

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is a collaboration among Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, and Bloomberg Philanthropies that hosts dozens of mayors from around the world each year. Through leadership and management training, mayors and senior officials become inspired and strengthened city leaders, equipped with the tools they need to lead high-performing, innovative cities.

Imagining Harvard's Next Century in Allston

Across the Charles River from Cambridge, Harvard is building a new community where new models of teaching, learning, research, and entrepreneurship can flourish. The transformation of the Western Avenue Innovation Corridor is under way through projects such as the ArtLab and the flagship Science and Engineering Complex.

Leading Through Learning

With 172 courses and 6.5 million registered users, HarvardX enables professors to develop tools for digital instruction and reach online learners across the world. A faculty-driven and University-wide effort, it aims to be collaborative and representative of Harvard’s academic diversity, showcasing the highest-quality offerings of the University to serious learners everywhere.

Enhancing Student Life Through House Renewal

House Renewal aims not only to improve conditions through renovation, but also to change how the physical spaces function to meet the needs of 21st-century students. The House system supports the mission of Harvard College to provide a student experience that is intellectually, personally, and socially transformative.

Incubating the Innovative Power of the Harvard Community

The Harvard Innovation Lab’s ecosystem is made up of three labs: the i-Lab for students, the Launch Lab for alumni entrepreneurs, and the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab supporting life science ventures made up of students, faculty, and alumni. The Labs enable students to take their ideas as far as they can go, put their ideas to use, and take what they have learned from the academic coursework and apply it to the real world.

A Pathway to Teaching in Public Schools

The Harvard Teacher Fellows program supports Harvard College seniors committed to making a positive impact in high-need urban schools. In addition to coursework, fellows do fieldwork at partner schools with coaching from HGSE faculty and mentor teachers. The first 18 fellows graduated in 2017 and are now teaching in classrooms around the country.

A New Front Door for Harvard

Located across from Harvard Yard at the heart of Harvard’s Cambridge campus and Harvard Square, the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center will provide something that does not currently exist at Harvard: a point of orientation and information for the public and a major University-wide social and cultural nexus for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors.

Preparing for the Buddhist Ministry and Fostering Community Knowledge

The first program of its kind at a divinity school associated with a major research university, Harvard Divinity School’s Buddhist Ministry Initiative has expanded its offerings in ministerial training to include an eight-year pilot project in the study of the faith and those who lead it.

Enabling Public Service Opportunities University Wide

Harvard's many centers and programs devoted to public service aid student development, alumni/ae engagement, and building partnerships that serve community needs. As a result, the University prepares its students for careers that will help them create meaningful change. Click through to learn more.