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    Hundreds of alumni have come together since 2005 to form the Harvard Alumni for Social Action (HASA). See for the full list of members.

    HASA believes in the transformative power of education and thinks Harvard should be a leader in improving education not only in Cambridge, but also in African countries hard-hit by AIDS.

    HASA has two goals: (1) to support African graduate students and educational institutions; and (2) to encourage alumni to consider new models of giving that will bolster higher education

    in poorer regions.

    The recent enrollment of African students at Harvard was less than one percent (148) of total enroll- ment (19,731). The picture was only marginally better for African graduate students, who represent 4 percent of all foreign graduate students at Harvard.

    At HASA’s urging, Harvard agreed to create the “HASA Scholarship Fund for Graduate Students from Africa.” This is the first time that Harvard has set up a designated scholarship fund for reunion classes that will count towards their class gift.

    It's simple to designate all or part of your class gift contribution to this fund. When making your donation, just put HASA FUND in the memo line of the check, or in the “additional information” section when making a gift on-line. And if you have already donated, you can retroactively designate your gift to HASA by sending an email to Tara Wolfson in the Harvard Development Office at [email protected]

    HASA also set up another fund to benefit the fledgling Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE), a constituent college of the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, ranked by Webometrics as the best university in sub-Saharan Africa. Carnegie Corporation of New York is providing technical oversight to this fund. Admin support is provided by Human Rights Education Associates, founded by Felisa Tibbitts ’81.

    Harvard alumni and all other donors wishing to support the HASA African University fund should make US$ checks out to Human Rights Education Associates and put “HASA FUND” in the memo line. A donation to HREA in the U.S. is tax-deductible, but will not count as participation in our class gift. Please send checks to: HREA, 97 Lowell Road, Concord, MA, 01742.

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and Harvard alumna

    “HASA SASA” (Kiswahili for “especially now”) Please visit

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    Harvard Alumni for Social Action (HASA) is an independent organization open to all Harvard alumni who seek to encourage the University to use donations for social good. HASA members believe that Harvard's prominence and wealth make it uniquely able to support educational and research institutions in developing countries. HASA therefore works to fund scholarships for African graduate students at Harvard and also to fund infrastructure improvements at needy African universities.

    “Folks, what a great idea! And it strikes me that this benefits not only Africans but also Harvard itself. A firmer Africa connection and more African graduate students will help round out Harvard and make it a more diverse and stimulat- ing place.” —Nicholas Kristof '82

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    Campus scenes from the College of Education at Dar es Salaam University (DUCE), Tanzania. HASA is assisting DUCE in acquiring teaching materials and classroom equipment, setting up a computer lab, and building capacity of key faculty.

    CONTACTS: Jennifer Freeman ‘83 Phone: 212-662-2775 Email: Carroll Bogert ‘83 Phone: 917-494-7111 Email: [email protected] Gus Udo ‘83 Phone: 917-498-0061 Email: [email protected]

    “I would love to see Harvard become more focused on channeling our giving towards a set of causes that benefit a wider community in the near term.” —Elliot Royce ‘83

    “For the first time in 25 years, I feel inspired to make a gift to Harvard...The challenge of supporting higher education in Africa is enormous, and I hope that HASA will be able to [persuade] Harvard to take the next step and form a part- nership with one or more African universities, especially those which themselves are committed to supporting development efforts in their own countries and communities.” —Jethro Pettit ‘82, writing from Burkina Faso

    “I have lived and worked in West Africa for several years since graduation. This project is a wonderful idea and much needed.” —Thomas Kelley ‘83

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    “Harvard Alumni for Social Action’s African University and Graduate Student Funds are a wonderful addition to the College’s alumni giving profile.” —Derek Bok, interim Harvard President, February 15, 2007

    “Thanks for letting me know about this. I was an active member of the Endowment for Divestiture and am so glad to hear that good work is ongoing.” —Lisa Mihaly ‘83