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Harvard Extension Student Association

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Harvard Extension
Student Association
InstitutionHarvard University, Harvard Extension School
LocationCambridge, Massachusetts
Websitehttp://hesa.dce.harvard.edu/ https://hesa.extension.harvard.edu/

Harvard Extension Student Association (HESA) is the student association of the Harvard Extension School, one of the twelve degree granting schools that compose Harvard University. It was established in 2001 with the purpose "to articulate, promote, and provide a forum for the student community to meet and pursue their diverse interests."[1] HESA is the official student government responsible for the Extension School's representation on the Harvard Graduate Council[2]. All degree and diploma candidates in good standing at the school are members of HESA. Degree candidates are also eligible to be elected to HESA's Board of Directors. HESA provides a variety of social activities, educational/networking events, and forums that enrich student life. HESA is in charge of managing the school's officially sanctioned clubs.


HESA is tasked with creating the community among Extension students.[3] This is challenging as many of the students at the Extension School are remote. While all degree-seeking students are required to take on-campus courses, many course takers do so for a certificate or professional development and thus aren't subject to the residency requirements. HESA is still responsible for representing all students.[4] Even then there is a challenge to engage the expansive diverse community. In 2019, 1,500+ students were admitted to Harvard Extension School degree programs from 54 countries including 100+ military members.[5] Ian Lamont, 2008 ALM graduate, said of the organization, "[HESA] tries hard to organize social and academic activities, but the number of people who get involved is small relative to the total number of matriculated students."[6]

HESA holds many events that aim to provide insight about the Extension School. HESA also hosts many networking and social events. Examples of past event that HESA has been involved with include: Convocation[7], Annual Annenberg Brunch, Government & International Affairs Networking Night, Harvard Masquerade Ball (until taken over by the Harvard Graduate Council)[8], Career Resources Fairs, Sports Viewing Parties (ex. Harvard-Yale Game), and Weekend Happy Hours. The organization often works in joint events with other organizations such as the Harvard Graduate Council, Harvard Extension Alumni Association, officially sanctioned student clubs, or corporations.[9][10]

HESA Happenings is a monthly email newsletter released by HESA that informs students of school news and events.[11] Additionally, HESA is active on multiple social media platforms. HESA is responsible for the conducting the annual student survey at the school. HESA uses the responses from this survey to shape their policy conversations with the school's administration.[12][13] HESA leaders are often seen as valuable sources of information about the school as well as go on to engage in the Harvard community in other ways.[14] Phillip Harding, HESA president for 2 terms until graduating from Harvard Extension School in 2012, would later obtain his M.P.P from Harvard Kennedy School, become president of the Harvard Graduate Council, and speak at the 2014 Harvard Commencement.[15][16] However, there have also been controversial incidents involving leaders.[17][18]


HESA is in charge of approval and oversight of Extension School clubs. Official clubs are eligible for funding from the administration and are required to submit budgets and event request forms to the HESA Board of Directors. Recently, at the request of the Office of Student Affairs, new regulations were enacted for sanctioned clubs.

1. Each club must be connected to a specific degree program at Harvard Extension School.
2. The club’s President, Vice-President, and Director of Events must be degree candidates in that program.
3. The club must have an advisor who teaches in that program.

These new regulations have caused clubs to have to reapply for their status and many were no longer eligible.

Current Clubs[edit]

-Harvard Extension Student Environmental Club (HESEC)[19]
"HESEC unites Harvard Extension students that are passionate about environmental and sustainability issues. The goal of HESEC is to create opportunities for personal, academic, and professional development of its members through club socials, and various networking/volunteering opportunities."

-Harvard Extension Student Management and Finance Club (HESMFC)[20]
"HESMFC supports a community of current and future business leaders by providing networking and other career development opportunities, including exchange of ideas at the forefront of management/finance practice through in-person and virtual events. HESMFC welcomes any student or faculty member, from those who want to solve the toughest challenges facing the economy to those who just want to understand them."

Past Clubs[edit]

Harvard Extension Student Pre-Health Club
Harvard Extension Student Veterans Club
Harvard Extension Student Entrepreneur Leadership Club
Harvard Extension Student Journalism Club
Harvard Extension Student STEM Club
Harvard Extension Student Wellness Club
Harvard Extension Students Latino/a Club
Harvard Extension Student Marketing Club
Harvard Extension Student Music Production Club
Harvard Extension English Society
Harvard Extension Business Society
Harvard Extension Christian Fellowship


HESA is governed by the Executive Board. The Executive Board consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and the Board of Directors. Currently there are Directors of Finance, Technology, Communications, Club Affairs, Events, Student Affairs, and Outreach. There are a total of 11 voting members on the Executive Board and all except the appointed Secretary are elected by the student body in the Spring elections and serve for 1 year. The Parliamentarian, Harvard Graduate Council Representative, Deputy Directors, Liaisons, and Committee leaders are not voting members of the Executive Board despite playing crucial role in the Association's governance.

Board of Directors[edit]

Year President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Finance Technology Communications Club Affairs Events Student Affairs Outreach
2020-21 Jacob Khan Dina Kayali - Grant Berg Evan Brooks Hugo Fernandez-Montenegro Kenneth Downey Jr. - Sylvia Black Natela Gluzinskaia -
2019-20 Carmen Gardner Lauren Voler Rebekah Schlichting* / Nicholas Gjerde* Callen Crenshaw* / Michael Rosero Rigvid Mehta* / Tabitha Maxwell Miles Burnett Arohi Bangera Maren Killackey Karina Yamamoto* / Callen Crenshaw Jonatan Ortiz Yenny Yang
2018-19 Joshua Boyd Carmen Gardner Nicholas Gjerde* Michael Rosero Maria-Zoe Papaioannou Lucas Veitch Zareh Zurabyan* / Sophie Santillian Patrick Watts Sean Gilston Ana Smith Rangesh Vittal
2017-18 Jasmin Frankel Carmen Gardner* / Colin Rudd Dara Tinoco* Nicole Urbanowicz Alexis Williams Eduardo Herrara Sophie Santillian Tracie Gordon Benjamin Ickies Christopher Nagle -
2016-17 Misan Oteri Jasmin Frankel Hibah Aijaz* Scott Perlmutter Dexton Goh Daniel Murray Cheniece Kelleher Yu-Chun Chang Karen Longo Christopher Nagle Anthony Deorsey
2015-16 Tricia Byrnes Misan Oteri Emerald Ralston* Chiwai Chow - Jochen Emig Amy Storer Amanda McMahan Tracie Gordon Rachel Golden -
2014-15 Alexandria Robins Ramel Racelis - Peter Lam - Klaus Holder Derek Ambrose Misan Oteri Alexander Rodriguez John Ayroso -
2013-14 Krishan Arora Monika Lutz - Zamir Bhimji - Pan Du Derek Ambrose Alexandria Robins Dolly Amaya - -
2012-13 Krishan Arora Monika Lutz - Sam Barlow - Pan Du Meagan HoChing Christy Lee Jessamyn Spain Sol Grey -
2011-12 Philip Harding Aaron Williams - Oddessa Williamson - Suresh Akana Natasha Chichi Andrew Ingemi Krishan Arora Sol Grey -
2010-11 Philip Harding Mukesh Kumar Phillip Steinke* Jonathan Britton - Guy De La Cruz Siobhan O’Shaughnessy Jennifer Doody Tracie Jones - -
2009-10 Andre Bisasor Ram Dhan Yadav Kotamaraja Kristin Sarkisian* Jonathan Britton - Guy De La Cruz Mei Jie Li - - - -
2008-09 Ashley Pollock Ram Dhan Yadav Kotamaraja Simon Normand* Amy Szxzygiel - - - - - - -
2007-08 Carlos De La Rosa Andre Bisasor Anna Weisfeiler* Amy Szxzygiel - - - - - - -
2006-07 Lorena Corona Kristin Sarkisian - Jackie Hernandez - - - - - - -
2005-06 Patrick Rivera Emilio Zamalloa - Christian Hassold - - - - - - -

[21][22]*Denotes they were appointed rather than elected by the student body. /s are put in between names where multiple people served in 1 term (leftmost being the latest to have served).


The Constitution states "The purpose of the Association is to represent the interests and concerns of the student body of the Harvard Extension School." Members include all admitted degree candidates and certificate seekers in the Harvard Extension School. However, only degree candidates are eligible to vote in referendums and elections as well as run for office.

The Constitution and By-Laws explain the governance of the organization through the Executive Board. They outline responsibilities of the positions, the process for removal, and the filling of vacancies. Conflict of interest issues are addressed. Voting cycles and eligibility are defined. General Assemblies are stated to occur every month during the academic year with a schedule posted at the beginning of the year (minimum 72 hour notice to changes) and a public agenda announced at least 48 hours in advance. A quorum for the General Assembly (different than the Executive Board Meetings) requires the President OR Vice President AND 6+ voting members of the Association to be present. Finally the process of the amending and ratifying the governing documents is described. [23]


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  2. "Harvard Graduate Council". Harvard Graduate Council. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  3. Shinagel, Michael (February 15, 2010). The Gates Unbarred: A History of University Extension at Harvard, 1910 - 2009. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0674051355. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
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  8. "Harvard Masquerade Ball". Harvard Graduate Council. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  9. "Harvard Extension Alumni". Harvard Extension Alumni Association. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  10. "Major Corporate Sponsorship". The Harvard Gazette. March 22, 2018.
  11. "HESA Happenings". Harvard Extension Student Association. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  12. "Extension School Students Rally for Degree Name Change". The Harvard Crimson. April 25, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  13. "Official response about name change/nomenclature from Dean Shinagel - Extension Student". ExtensionStudent.com. April 2010. Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  14. "Trademark Tours uses HESA member as Harvard guide". Trademark Tours. August 31, 2019. Archived from the original on August 31, 2019. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  15. "PHILIP HARDING, BACHELOR OF LIBERAL ARTS". Harvard Extension School. May 2012. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  16. "Graduate Speaker Philip Harding - Harvard Commencement 2014". Harvard University. May 29, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  17. "Extension School Student Government Election Mired in Controversy". The Harvard Crimson. June 16, 2020.
  18. "Tutor Backs Jailed Harvard Extension School Student". The Tech. February 9, 1996.
  19. "Harvard Extension School Environmental Club". Harvard Extension School Environmental Club. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  20. "Harvard Extension School Management & Finance Club". Harvard Extension School Management & Finance Club. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  21. "HESA Board of Directors". Harvard Extension Student Association. April 26, 2019. Archived from the original on April 26, 2019. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  22. "Harvard Extension Student Association". Harvard Extension Student Association. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  23. "HESA Constitution" (PDF). Harvard Extension Student Association. March 29, 2019. Retrieved October 14, 2019.

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