Public Interested Conference

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 10:30am - 7:00pm
Location: Science Center (map)

The Public Interested Conference is designed for students to explore varied public interest careers and network with alumni in those fields. Students have the opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers, interact with incredible alumni, participate in engaging activities & meet peers who share a passion for public service

Visit the Public Interested Conference website for speaker and panelist bios, registration information, and the full schedule of events, including the Harvard Public Interested Recruitment Fair featuring organizations with term-time, summer, and post-grad opportunities:

Tara Houska announced as 2017 Public Interested Conference Keynote Speaker

Tara Houska is citizen of Couchiching First Nation and a tribal rights attorney based in Washington, D.C. She is founding board

Tara Houska is Ojibwe from Couchiching First Nation. She is the National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, a tribal rights attorney, a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, and served as Native American advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign. Tara is involved in advocacy on a broad spectrum of issues facing indigenous communities, with a focus on environmental justice, protection of sacred sites, and institutional racism. Her experience ranges from grassroots organizing to working for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and lobbying on Capitol Hill.

She frequently appears on media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC and contributes regularly to the Guardian, Huffington Post, and Indian Country Today to elevate the conversation about extractive industries, destruction of indigenous lands, religious rights, cultural appropriation, and police brutality. A born and raised Minnesotan now based in Washington, D.C., Tara earned a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota. 

The conference is coordinated by Gene Corbin, Assistant Dean of Harvard College for Public Service, in collaboration with the Center for Public Interest CareersInstitute of Politics, Office of SustainabilityPhillips Brooks House AssociationHarvard Alumni Association, Office of Career Services, and Undergraduate Council.