History and Results
ClassACT HR73 began in 2013 at our 40th Reunion. Leading up to the reunion, Marion Dry and Jonathan Sprague interviewed nearly 50 members of HR 1973 to gauge interest in developing opportunities for classmates to work together to create change. After some refinement, they discussed the initial concept plan with representatives of Harvard Alumni Association, posted it to the Class website, linked it to mailings for the Class’s Fortieth Reunion, and distributed it with reunion registration packets. Over a hundred classmates attended two informational/ discussion meetings at the Reunion, and two focal points emerged: a strong desire for collaboration to address local, national, and international issues and the determination to create opportunities for classmates to connect or reconnect to expand their relationships.
Within a year ClassACT HR73 had registered as a 501(c)3. Our initial board of 7 has grown to 13 and we have engaged hundreds of classmates in the work.
What we've done so far:
Formed Board of Directors and gained IRS-approved 501(c)3 not-for-profit status.
Helped over a dozen classmate sponsored non-profits by connecting them to pro bono services.
Created the Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program which has sponsored 5 Fellows for the Mason Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Created the ClassACT HR73 Forum Series on Zoom to help attendees understand important issues and learn how they can make a difference.
Held events or hosted weekend gatherings in New Orleans, Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Bay area, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, and Cambridge/Boston.
Convened classmates with interest in human rights issues, sponsoring a Jeffersonian Dinner related to judicial reform with overcrowded prisons as the topic, in New York in the spring of 2018.
Working with the Radcliffe Institute, we helped organize classmates to sponsor the Rama Mehta Lecture, focused on women in developing countries, during our 45th Reunion year.
Facilitated a connection between physician classmates in order to implement world-class, free pediatric diagnostic software for a multi-site pediatric clinic in Costa Rica.
“It’s a combination of being with colleagues and being with friends and doing your best to help other people. It’s a great way to spend time.”
—Sallie Gouverneur, Founding Board Member