First-Year Urban Program Application 2017!
FUP aims to create a week of activity that will orient you to Harvard and Cambridge, allow you to meet other first-year students enable you to work and hang out with some upper-class students, ask questions about Harvard, and introduce you to some of the social justice issues in the area. The program will help you learn about your new urban environment while providing you the space to share your ideas about social responsibility and the potential for change through action. FUP also provides a wonderful and informative way to get to know Boston. Plus, you’ll become a part of one of the most interesting student groups on campus (if we do say so ourselves). First-Year Urban Program (FUP) catalyzes a commitment to public service, community advocacy and support, diversity, equity, and social justice work on campus, and introduces students to Boston and Cambridge.

Around 110 FUPpies (your affectionate nickname) divide into worksite groups led by 35 returning undergraduates to assist grassroots community organizations. Not only will you become an expert ceiling painter and learn the joys of spackle, but during FUP week you will get to address the politics of race, class, gender, and sexuality and their impact on communities and our work in them. Previous FUP projects have included: painting a mural in a cooperative housing unit for formerly homeless individuals, reconstructing furniture for low-income families, weeding and planting in a community garden, constructing a deck for an AIDS hospice, and voter registration in Boston communities. Your group will talk with the organizers and neighbors of your project to deepen your understanding of what is going on in that specific community. Your evening activities will include discussions issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and equity, as well as how to create impactful social change. Evening activities also include but are not limited to on- and off- campus food outings, music jam sessions, spoken word readings, movie nights, and more!

And best of all, FUP HAS NO REQUIRED PROGRAM FEE!!!! There is a voluntary program fee in which you can pay what you can afford if you would like to, though this is completely optional. You'll hear more about this after you get accepted. You will need ~$25-40 for the week to pay for T fares (1-week pass = $21.25) and the dinner your discussion group will have in Harvard Square. If this presents a financial difficulty, please let us know since we can provide financial assistance.

This year's FUP will be from August 16th- 21st, 2017. Please email the FUP 2017 Steering Committee at fup@fas.harvard.edu if you have any questions about FUP or the application!

Please complete this application by 11:59PM on May 5th, 2017. For those accepted to Harvard after May, please email us at fup@fas.harvard.edu so we can work out an extension -- you're more than welcome to still apply.

You will hear back from us by June 2nd.

Part 1: Background Info
First Name:
(Legal Name)
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Last Name:
(Legal Name)
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Preferred Name (if applicable):
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Date of Birth
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Home Address:
Include city and state!
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Phone Number:
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Email Address:
Please use an email address that will not expire over the summer (e.g. not a high school email address)
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Gender:
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Racial/Ethnic Background:
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If you will not be at home for ALL or PART of the summer, please let us know from (date) until (date):
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If you will not be at home at some point, what is the best way to reach you? Will you be accessible by email this summer?
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Parent/Guardian Contact Name
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Parent/Guardian phone number:
This number may be used in the event of an emergency.
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Parent/Guardian address (if different from yours):
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Part 2: Questions
Choose between two options, Question 1 or Question 2! And then Question 3 is required.
(*EITHER) Question 1: Describe briefly (in 150-200 words) one or two community involvement experiences that have had a significant effect on you and why.
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(*OR) Question 2: Tell us (again in 150-200 words) a story about yourself or something that is important to you. Past FUPpies have written about important events in their lives or important influences – parents, books, great teachers, art, etc. This question is designed to help us get to know you better, so have fun with it!
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Question 3: Please discuss with us (once more, in 150-200 words) an issue you care about--anything confronting the United States, the world, or your neighborhood that makes you want to act!
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Part 3: Questions or Concerns
If you have any questions or concerns, please please email us directly at harvardfup@gmail.com
Accessibility Concerns
At FUP, we are committed to making our community accessible to everyone. Please let us know if you have any specific accessibility concerns below. Some worksites (not all) involve being outside in the heat, walking, and/or standing for long periods of time, as well as carrying or moving things and cleaning. If you have any concerns about such activities, or about anything else related to accessibility, please let us know below so that we can make sure that you do not get placed into a worksite that is not accessible to you. Any concerns you choose to share with us will not be given to anyone else, and will only be used in determining your worksite. Worksite groups will all be diverse in members - there will not be a singled out worksite for people who express certain concerns, but rather there will be many different worksites that are accessible to many different people. Your response to this question will not be considered in your application decision, this is solely for the purpose of making FUP accessible. Thank you.
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If you have any other concerns regarding dietary or accessibility (medical, health, physical concerns), please refer to the FAQ or contact us directly - harvardfup@gmail.com
This is just for our informative purposes so we can consider any concerns as we plan worksites and plan for FUP, but will not be considered in your application decision. Also, don't worry if you don't feel comfortable sharing this just yet. We'll ask this again later on after you get accepted, with more specific information about what each worksites will be doing and what the specifics of FUP will look like.
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