While they are pursuing a degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard School of Public Health, or Harvard Kennedy School, Zuckerman Fellows also participate in a yearlong cocurricular program designed by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. This not-for-credit program is intended to inspire, to provide concrete opportunities for leadership skill-building, and to connect fellows with a network of like-minded individuals across multiple fields. Not only does it enable the Fellows integrate their various activities and experiences while they are at Harvard, it also helps them build a network of colleagues that will last a lifetime.
The cocurricular program includes:
- Welcome Retreat: CPL Fellows interact with and get to know one another and begin the process of supporting one another’s aspirations as leaders.
- Leadership Discussion Series: On a weekly basis, the Fellows engage one another as well as eminent practitioners and local and national leaders on topics of service and leadership.
- Field Experience: Fellows, along with selected students from the broader Kennedy School community, take a multi-day trip to a major U.S. city and meet with area leaders in order to gain an understanding of the deep rooted problems of society and innovative approaches to resolving them.
- Connection with CPL and Zuckerman Fellows Network: Fellows engage with these other emerging leaders as they begin their careers through opportunities like roundtable discussions, mentoring experiences with fellowship alumni, leadership skills workshops, and networking events.
The Fellows gather roughly each week to socialize, learn more about each other's areas of interest, listen to guest presenters, or collaborate on service projects of their own choosing.
Recent guest speakers include:
- Danielle C. Gray, Associate Counsel to the President, served as Deputy Policy Director for Obama for America.
- Larry Summers, former director of the National Economic Council and a top advisor to President Barack Obama on economic policies through November 2010.
- Alan Khazei, founder and CEO of Be the Change, Inc., co-founder of City Year, and two-time U.S. Senate candidate for Massachusetts.
Highlights of the 2011-12 Washington, D.C. trip include:
- Conversations with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Ash Carter, Deputy Secretary of Defense.
- Meeting with David Plouffe, Senior Advisor to the President.
- Discussion on working across party lines with Senators Lamar Alexander and Mark Warner.