Interested in helping more kids from all walks of life to apply to Harvard? As a first step, you could do so by helping plan the approach of the Harvard Club of Berlin in a community meeting. We will get insights from Stuart Gordon’s experience from the UK and discuss the role we as a club would like to play. Whether you have insights to share or are just keen to be part of this effort, you are cordially invited to join us!
Stuart Gordon graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School in 1997 with a Master in Public Administration. He also holds a duel qualification in teaching and youth work, and on his return to the UK became interested in how to encourage talented high school students from under-represented backgrounds to aspire to gain admission to top universities.
He is a Board Member of the Harvard Club of the UK (HCUK), and since 2012 has led the Club's outreach efforts by developing a programme of school presentations about the application process to Harvard and other top US colleges, and a follow-up monthly e-newsletter which supports students with information and advice about what they need to do at each stage of the application cycle.
The Club now undertakes over 30 school presentations per year and has over 2,000 subscribers to its e-newsletter. At the Berlin event on December 5th, Stuart will give a presentation about the development of outreach work in the UK and suggest some of the questions the Harvard Club of Berlin needs to consider to develop a programme of its own, including:
- Why is outreach work important?
- What are your target groups of students?
- Where are your target groups likely to be found?
- What methods will you use to provide information to students? e.g. school visits, US college fairs, websites, emails?
- What will be the scope of your programme? Berlin only, or national?