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- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Students Turn Learning Into Action

| Spring 2022

Central to the Belfer Center’s mission is preparing the next generation of leaders in the areas of science and international affairs. These efforts extend outside the seminar or Zoom room to collaborations with student groups that organize major events. Here we highlight collaborations from this semester with the Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D), the Africa Caucus, Black Student Union, and the European Club.

A speaker at the Women in Power Conference

Rodrigo Perez-Tejada

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Finding Women’s Power Within

| Spring 2022

This year’s Women in Power Conference asked participants to find “the power within,” whether it comes from their community, their professional lives, spirituality, technology, or elsewhere.

Organizers curated deeply personal stories from within and outside the Harvard community, asking speakers how they shattered boundaries in different walks of life, said conference co-chair Ikita Gupta. Keynote speakers included fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg; Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui; actress Leyna Bloom; Audrey P. Marks, Jamaica’s thirteenth Ambassador to the United States of America and the Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the Organization of American States; and Indian Para Badminton Player Manasi Joshi.

Photo of a mask-wearing passenger departs a bus where masks are required of riders Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Bellingham, Wash. 

AP Photo Elaine Thompson

Staying Safe Today, Preparing for Tomorrow

| Fall 2020

Since March, the Belfer Center’s scholars and practitioners have been physically distanced but intellectually close. They’ve faced the pandemic head-on, launching new types of research to explore the unusual, tragic circumstances of this year. 

These new products include tips and advice regarding COVID, health, and safety from Juliette Kayyem, Faculty Director of our Homeland Security Project, and a series of reports and recommendations regarding preparing for and responding to future pandemics from the OPCAST Ad-Hoc Pandemic Response Group, led by John P. Holdren.