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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com so we can work out an extension -- you're more than welcome to still apply.
You will hear back from us by June 2nd.