Community Initiatives

There are many ways Harvard’s faculty, students, and staff contribute to the local community in carrying out the University’s mission of teaching, research, and learning. The diversity of Harvard’s programs, services, and partnerships is the result of years of collaboration between the University and its neighbors.

Harvard-Allston Public Realm Flexible Fund

The Harvard Allston Public Realm Flexible Fund supports projects that enhance the public realm and for which public sources of financing may be unavailable or inadequate. Projects may include improvements in public parks and open space, neighborhood beautification, streetscape improvements, public safety projects, and public art, including functional art such as benches or bike racks.

Science Brought to Life

MEDscience is an innovative high school science curriculum that provides Boston public school students with the opportunity to bring science to life through hands-on mock clinical cases and classroom lessons conducted at Harvard Medical School (HMS) labs. The program, which launched in 2005 and is currently in 11 Boston schools, is a semester-long high school biology curriculum focused on the anatomy and physiology of seven human organ systems. Each school’s science teacher integrates a MEDscience-designed curriculum into his or her classroom instruction. Once a week, the class travels to the MEDscience Simulation Lab at HMS to apply classroom learning to patient care.

Read more, and watch a video, about the MEDscience program in the Harvard Gazette.