Our Council

 

// About Us

The Undergraduate Council is the representative student government of Harvard College. We bring all of our varied interests to the UC to create a council representative of Harvard’s diverse student body.

Our membership is comprised of three representatives from each of Harvard’s 13 upperclassman houses and four freshman yards.

We listen to students and address their concerns. We connect the gap between students and administrators. We support student groups and sponsor house life. We sponsor events on campus and improve student life. We are here for the students. We are here for U. We are the UC.

// Our Mission

The mission of the Harvard Undergraduate Council is to represent and support the Harvard College undergraduate student population. We do this through promoting belonging and wellbeing for members of the Harvard College community, financially supporting student organizations, and advocating to administrators, faculty, students and the wider community on all aspects of student life.

// Our History

Nearly 40 years ago, the Harvard Student Assembly wrote to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences:

“Student participation in College governance needs to be better coordinated and more directed. Harvard undergraduates need a representative student government to help accomplish these goals and to speak as a voice for student concerns. These needs can only be satisfied if the current system of College governance is reformed and if the revised structure includes a representative student government.”

In 1980, Dean of Harvard College John B. Fox, Jr. appointed the Committee to Review College Governance, charged with determining both the strengths and weaknesses of College governance, and considering reforms that might improve the quality of College life. Professor of Biology John Dowling chaired this committee. The full report can be viewed here.

Faculty legislation created the Harvard-Radcliffe Undergraduate Council in 1982. Its Constitution was ratified by a student referendum. The first Council had about 80 members, a Chair, and a Vice Chair.

The Undergraduate Council funded organizations with the student fee proceeds, planned social events, and sent representatives to student-faculty committees.