Students in Service and Leadership at Harvard

Blueprint for Action

Research Questions

In literature on sustainability leadership in higher education, it’s known that coordination between sustainability-related organizations is effective in reaching sustainability goals. My question is whether at Harvard—where there are several peer education roles and organizations—there’s opportunity for coordination between REP and other student staff peer educators (e.g. DAPAs, CAREs, Women’s Center Interns, Quinterns, DPEs, OIE interns, etc.). For my project, my research questions are: 

Field Work

To answer my questions, I conducted a series of interviews with members of REP, staff at the Office for Sustainability, and student staff in other peer educator roles. 

Interview Type

Interviewee Roles

Interview Goals

Informational REP Interviews

3 House REPs, 1 Yard     REP

Illustrate current REP engagement strategies from people on the ground

Expert Interviews

2 Office for Sustainability Staff Members involved in REP

Understand the goals that OFS staff have for student staff and how REP has evolved over time

Informational Interviews with Non-REP Student Staff

CARE, DPE, DAPA, OIE Intern, QuIntern, Women’s center Intern

Learn how other university offices pursue their educational goals through student staff; explore potential avenues for collaboration and coordination between offices


Between REPs and other non-REP student staff, there were a number of themes that emerged. In conversations around effective engagement, several interviewees mentioned:

There were also some barriers that were frequently discussed by interviewees, such as:

Based on my field work, some ideas for building partnership and coordination between student staff in different offices are:

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