Graduate Student Liaison Program

It is estimated that every 107 seconds, someone living in the United States of America experiences sexual violence. In order to address the magnitude, scope, and complexity of the public health impact of sexual and gender-based violence, we need consistent, impassioned participation from committed people who are willing to show up and do the work.  By liaising with Harvard’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (OSAPR), you will join a team of dedicated advocates, activists, and prevention experts seeking to create sustainable, effective educational programming, outreach efforts, and direct interventions in order to reduce the incidence rate of sexual and gender-based violence.

Please note that at this point we are only accepting applications for the spring and summer of 2017. Please apply prior to 15 November 2016 using this form if you would like to be considered for the program. We will get back to you after the application deadline has passed. Thank you!

Our Commitment to you

We believe deeply that volunteers help make this important work possible, and we want you to have a healthy and fulfilling experience with our office. To that effect, we are committed to working closely with you to develop specific tasks, responsibilities, and opportunities that align with your interests and experiences. As a liaison, you will:

  • Partner with the Education Specialist for the Graduate and Professional Schools to develop your specific role, receive supervision & mentoring, and collaborate on the majority of your projects.
  • Have the opportunity to partner with other professional staff during your time with us.  
  • Be recognized and celebrated for your contributions to our work, both throughout your time with us and at the end of your service.

Our Programs

OSAPR works to advance gender and racial equity through cultural and social reform, using public health theories of change. Our programming works toward attitudinal and behavioral change across all levels of the social ecology. In service of reducing harm to all people, we promote social justice through an intersectional, anti-oppression framework that highlights change at the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels. In order to create the best volunteer experience, we hope to match your areas of interest and expertise with our multi-pronged approach to programming and training.

Your role

You have the opportunity to design your volunteer role with OSAPR. We have several areas that could benefit from your support! Depending on your own interests and qualifications, your duties may include (but are not limited to):

  • Assisting with organizing and facilitating events (trainings, workshops, celebrations);
  • Assisting with conducting outreach efforts;
  • Assisting with conducting educational programming;
  • Assisting with developing events;
  • Assisting with developing educational programming;
  • Assisting with developing outreach programming;
  • Assisting with promotional efforts;

Any ideas about how you might contribute to our efforts are welcomed! Perhaps you have a particular skill-set or area of expertise that you can bring to OSAPR.

Your commitment to us:

  • Attend an orientation with OSAPR staff;
  • Meet for supervision (either individual or group) with an OSAPR staff member every second Thursday of the month from 6:00 to 7:00 pm;
  • Meet deadlines agreed upon with OSAPR staff;
  • Comport yourself in accordance with OSAPR’s mission, vision, and values;
  • Keep us informed through frequent communication and let us know if you are unable to fulfill the responsibilities of your role. Our work environment can often be fast-paced, emotionally-charged, and challenging and we understand the need for self-care and space. We are committed to ensuring your time with us is mutually respectful, supportive, and beneficial to our shared mission and therefore ask that you respect the time and energy we have invested in this program as well.

How to apply

Please fill out the application form or send an email to indicating your specific interests, how you feel you can best contribute to the work of OSAPR during your time as a volunteer, the time you are willing to commit per week or month, and the intended duration of your volunteer relationship with OSAPR.

At the center of all our services – survivor advocacy, education and outreach – is a commitment to social justice. We are dedicated to recruiting volunteers that reflect the diversity of our community and strive to create a space for you as a volunteer that is inclusive of the unique and multiple identities you hold.