From the President...
Welcome to the Harvard Club of Austin!
Whether you are new to Central Texas or have lived here all your life, this club is Harvard’s home-away-from-home in the capital region. From Austin to Waco to La Grange to beyond, Central Texas is one of the fastest-growing regions anywhere in the world. It is also a bustling and vibrant hub of the global innovation economy. Wherever there is growth, wherever there is learning, you can be sure Harvard won’t be far behind.
WHO CAN JOIN THE HARVARD CLUB OF AUSTIN?
Membership in the Harvard Club of Austin is open to students and alumni of all of the University’s schools, as well as parents of current students. Our club leadership seeks to represent the tremendous diversity of Harvard’s programs. Our leadership represents Harvard College, the business school, the law school, the Kennedy school, the Design school, the school of Education, graduate school of Arts & Sciences, and the Extension School. Of course, current or former Faculty and Administrators are welcome to join as well. Whatever your Harvard affiliation, you are welcome. To join, simply click here.
WHAT IF MY PROGRAM HAS ITS OWN CLUB?
Some of Harvard’s individual schools, such as Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School have their own clubs with chapters in the Austin area. These clubs are not mutually exclusive; on the contrary, we work together in common cause to create a complete alumni experience. The Harvard Club of Austin is a universal, umbrella-style organization that represents the entire University system. Membership in multiple Harvard clubs is not only allowed -- it is encouraged.
WHAT DOES THE CLUB DO?
The HCA exists as a service to its members and as a vehicle for those members to build a warm and flourishing community in Central Texas. We build meaningful relationships among Harvard alumni, students, and parents in Central Texas. We help them grow personally and professionally. We foster a spirit of belonging among all those affiliated with Harvard University. We encourage outstanding prospective students to apply to Harvard, and support them when they do. Increasingly, we mobilize the Harvard community through volunteer service opportunities to improve the lives of the people of the region. And of course, we connect the Harvard community of Central Texas with the University and the Harvard Alumni Association.
I WISH THE CLUB WOULD DO _______________. WHY DOESN’T IT?
Because you haven't joined! We know the club has had periods of high and low activity. Our leadership team is working hard to breathe new life and new excitement into this club that has been special for so many people. Have an idea? Want to organize an event? Got something we should do? Drop us an email and we will get in touch.
HOW DO YOU SUPPORT UNDERGRADUATE INTERVIEWING?
One of the most active areas of the club continues to be our Schools Committee. Every student who applies for admission to Harvard College gets an alumni interview. For those who end up being admitted, this is their first official experience with the university. Even for those who are not admitted, the experience is important. Everyone who applies learns that they are valued, that they have the capacity for greatness, and that Harvard took the time to listen to their story. As the number of applications continues to grow, we always need more interviewers. If you would like to get involved in Alumni Interviewing, just drop us an email.
CAN I NETWORK WITH HARVARD GRADUATES?
Yes! If 2020 and 2021 have taught us anything, it’s that life can be pretty challenging. Don't go it alone. If you just moved to the Austin region, the complexities of navigating your new home add additional complexity. Let’s get to know each other, and help each other where we can. Whether you work in high-tech business, government, education, law, finance, writing, non-profit service, or a million other fields, Harvard has someone who can help. Join up, and you will be surprised how many friends were waiting to meet you.
As awesome as the Harvard Club of Austin is (and it is awesome!), it is still missing something very important: you. Let's fix that.
All the best,
President of the Harvard Club of Austin
Harvard College Class of 1998