What We Do

What We Do

We support the development of public leadership and the rigorous teaching of advocacy skills through classroom pedagogy, convenings, and field engagement.    

We conduct and employ applied research that supports advocacy, citizen activism, and impactful, non-partisan policy solutions to civil rights and social justice issues.  

We collaborate with nonprofits and policymakers to leverage the research and analytic capacity of Harvard faculty, students, and staff in service of grassroots organizations.   

Our Objectives



Connect Harvard University faculty, students, and scholars conducting research in advocacy, social justice, and related topics with local and national organizations working on the frontiers today’s pressing justice challenges.

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Build collaboration between teams of Harvard students and organizations in the context of field-based exploration, practical policy projects, and public service work.

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Develop inclusive platforms for faculty and students disseminating their research across audiences.

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Promote greater access to public policy and legal resources at Harvard and elsewhere, in areas of critical need.

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Trotter in the news

Rev. Devon Jerome Crawford To Step Down As Staff Director Of The William Monroe Trotter Collaborative For Social Justice

Press Release
Rev. Devon Jerome Crawford announced he will step down as Staff Director of the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice within the Center for Public Leadership at HKS.

A Black Civil Rights Icon From Boston Still Inspires the Fight for Social Justice

150 years after the birth of William Monroe Trotter, his legacy comes alive at Harvard.
Celebrating the anniversary at a two-day Harvard convening, everyone from elementary school students to Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow was inspired by Trotter’s legacy of unstinting activism.

Former President, CEO of NAACP Joins Kennedy School

Press Release
Cornell William Brooks, former president/CEO of the NAACP, civil rights attorney, and ordained minister, has joined HKS as professor of the practice of public leadership and social justice.

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