Introducing the SIG's Strategic Plan

As announced at the end of 2016, the HALA Board has put together a strategic plan that will be presented to the community later this spring.

Because your engagement and input are extremely valuable, in the lead-up to the online webinar, we will be posting a series of stories to highlight aspects of the plan in more depth.

Our first piece gives you a look into the alumni and student community we serve based on data obtained from Harvard and surveys we conducted. We invite you to start thinking about the projects and activities you would like to see happen in 2017!

The Community We Serve: Latin American Alumni and Harvard Alumni in Latin America

According to the most recent figures released by Harvard, there were 5,961 Harvard alumni living in Latin America and the Caribbean, representing 10% of all Harvard alumni living abroad at the time. For the same period, there were 429 students from Latin America and the Caribbean across all Harvard schools, representing 9% of all international students at the university. Excluding Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean represent the third largest region of origin for students and the third most populated region with Harvard alumni.

 

While this corner of the world boasts 14 alumni country clubs, surveys carried out by the Harvard Alumni for Latin America SIG indicate a strong desire on behalf of alumni to explore their regional identity. This is likely because Harvard alumni are increasingly mobile and interconnected, as revealed in our 2013 and 2016 surveys. We know that:

  • 11% of alumni respondents identify with more than one country in the region

  • 47% do not live in the country with which they most strongly identify

  • 38% of alumni interested in Latin America and the Caribbean do not live in the region

  • 72% of alumni want activities that can connect them with alumni across the region

How about you? What brings you to the SIG and how can we serve our community better?

Global Networking Night - June 15, 2016

Are you attending a Global Networking Night event in your region this Wednesday, June 15? Do not miss this great opportunity to meet Harvard alumni near you! The Global Networking Night (GNN) is a biannual event held on the same day in more than 85 locations around the World! Attendance is free at all locations, and food and beverages may be available for purchase. It is a fun and informal way to stay connected to the Harvard Community in your region.

If you are in the United States, several cities are hosting GNNs! In Latin America, 7 cities will be part of this worldwide event, with Global Networking Nights taking place in:

  • Bogotá, Colombia

  • Kingston, Jamaica

  • Lima, Peru

  • Mexico City, Mexico

  • San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Santiago, Chile

  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

To register, click here, and choose your city! After registering, you will have access to a list of attendees in your location, and their social network profiles. You can start your networking right away!

If your city is not hosting an event this Wednesday, make plans to host a Global Networking Night next January! Members of SIGs or Clubs can host GNN events with the support of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA), who facilitates registration, sponsorships, and marketing. Make sure you contact the HAA for more information, so your city is represented in the next Global Networking Night in January 2017!

A new beginning (and look) for our SIG

Welcome to our new site! Your new Board of Directors has been hard at work this past month making important changes that will better position our organization to facilitate personal and professional relations among interested alumni, current students, regional clubs, and university centers dedicated to the region. We invite you to share your thoughts with us during this exciting new phase in our SIG’s development.

Exciting changes

Our old name represented the openness of the organization to members of the Harvard community who not only identify with Latin America, but also have an interest in the region. Our new name retains that spirit of inclusivity, but with more brevity. This will soon be followed up by a new logo that better reflects our identity as a SIG.

We have transitioned our site to a new publishing platform and are excited for the possibilities that this brings. In the near future, we will be developing special pages for our regional chapters and student organizations, so that we are able to showcase the amazing work our students and alumni are engaging in both in Cambridge and beyond. If you have any ideas for other resources you would like to see, please leave them in the comments below!

Finally, we are launching a blog and newsletter to keep the community abreast of the activities of the SIG and the community. We hope these mediums will serve to connect alumni and student members, chapters, and regional clubs.

Rethinking our engagement

Most importantly, we are revising our strategy to engage alumni across interests, schools, and countries. As part of this process, we have developed a survey to collect ideas and define priorities from the community. It will be open until Sunday, June 12 to any prospective and current members. All Harvard students, alumni, partners, faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to participate.

As our SIG approaches its six-year anniversary connecting people, ideas, and opportunities in the region, we are excited to invite you to partake in crafting a vision for the future of our organization. We thank you for your continued support and can’t wait to read your ideas and feedback to all these new changes!