Undergraduate Council


UC Pushes For FAS Free Speech Rules Review, Funds Late-Night Transportation Program

The Undergraduate Council passed legislation to establish a social inclusion grant for College students, propose that faculty review Harvard’s guidelines on free speech, and to fund a late-night transportation program at a meeting on Sunday evening.


UC Establishes New Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Creates BlueBikes Subsidies

The 40th Harvard College Undergraduate Council convened for the first time Sunday to pass legislation to establish a new Select Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, fund a partnership with BlueBikes, and reintroduce its book fund.


UC Meeting

The Undergraduate Council met for the first time this semester Sunday.


Undergrads Overwhelmingly Back Shopping Week Referendum, Elect 48 to Undergraduate Council

Harvard College students voted overwhelmingly in favor of a referendum on shopping week and elected 48 students to the Undergraduate Council with high voter turnout, the UC Election Commission announced Friday afternoon.


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.


Harvard Juniors Harris and Omotowa Named 2021 Truman Scholars

Araoluwa P. Omotowa ’22 and Undergraduate Council President Noah A. Harris ’22 were selected for their “outstanding leadership potential” and their record of public service. The scholarship entitles them to up to $30,000 in funding for post-graduate studies as well as special opportunities for government employment, per the scholarship’s website.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


UC Faces Student Criticism over Email Error and Funding Delays

Harvard’s Undergraduate Council faced censure over the past month for its poor handling of Wintersession funds, the dispersal of which students say was marred by delays and privacy failures.


UC Reconvenes, Passes Legislation to Help Students Enforce Wellness Days

The Undergraduate Council passed legislation Sunday to promote student “self-advocacy” regarding courses’ adherence to wellness days in its first meeting following winter recess.


UC Decreases the Career Opportunity Fund Due to High Demand

Harvard’s Undergraduate Council reduced the maximum allocation per student under its Career Opportunity Fund to $200 due to higher demand from students than anticipated, according to a UC Finance Committee statement.


UC Showcases Project Shedding Light on How Harvard Uses Student Data

Harvard’s Undergraduate Council launched a weeklong campaign last month to support a project aimed at explaining how the University collects and uses student data.


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