My First Week as a Resident Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics!

Feb. 24-- From Christine Chen

Hi everyone!

In case you haven’t heard, I am serving as a Resident Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics this Spring semester! The Institute of Politics (IOP) was established in 1966 with a mission to unite and engage largely undergraduate students with academics, politicians, activists and policymakers in a nonpartisan fashion, to learn about the world of politics and public affairs from those with real world experience in the field. As a Resident Fellow, I will be hosting study groups over the semester to teach and discuss topics including the long history of Asian American and Pacific Islander activism, the state of voting rights, the power of our communities’ votes and more. I will also be using my time here to serve as a resource for AAPI students on campus, and to engage with AAPI organizations on campus to see how I may support them.

Former AAPIs who served as Resident Fellows in the past were often experts in a specific policy area – but there has never been a fellow to talk about the AAPI community as a whole. I am honored and excited to share my experiences and knowledge with these students who will eventually join us in the field. I hope that through this course and being immersed in campus life some of these amazing students will be inspired to build on our work to ensure AAPIs are included and uplifted for generations to come.

As part of my fellowship, I have a team of incredible student staffers helping me navigate the intricacies of Harvard and I want to give them some space to share their experience of working with me so far: