The Harvard Club of San Diego (HCSD) offers diverse programming to create continuing connections throughout the year with the University.
High School Student Outreach
HCSD members spend time with high school students throughout the region informing them about generous scholarship programs which are a part of the admissions process. The Schools Committee interviews hundreds of students annually and the Book Prize Committee identifies outstanding high school juniors. In addition, as rising freshman get ready to depart for Cambridge, HCSD holds a “Leaving Left Coast” picnic for students and their families.
Connections with Harvard Faculty
At the Annual Dinner, alumni enjoy interacting with a Harvard professor. In recent years, speakers included Professor Martin West, who discussed federal education policy, Professor Michael Beer of the Business School, and the Reverend Peter Gomes of the Divinity School. In addition, the Harvard Book Group makes occasional selections of books by Harvard authors; recently Professor Michael Sandel’s What Money Can’t Buy was the subject of discussion.
Current undergraduates are invited to become club members for free. The Club is setting up a summer internship program for an undergraduate to gain experience in a public service not-for-profit agency, through CPIC (Center for Public Interest Careers). In addition, the Club offers students the opportunity to communicate with San Diego alumni about J-Term opportunities for mentoring and career exploration.
Harvard Alumni Association
The Club is honored to have one of its members, Judge Yvonne Campos, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association.
Alumni enjoy cheering on The Crimson each November for The Game, gathering in a friendly way with our Yale friends.
During Harvard’s Global Month of Service the HCSD joins in to sponsor community service projects. Among the service activities are staffing a food bank, serving meals at a homeless shelter, and picking fruit to donate to needy families.