FAQs

When is FUP? 

FUP runs from Wednesday, August 16 to Monday, August 21st, 2017

What will we do during FUP?

The programming of FUP is designed to meet two aspects of our mission statement.

The first aspect is service. During FUP, you’ll volunteer in groups at one of several worksites in Boston. These worksites cater to specific needs within the greater Boston area – in the past, we’ve had worksite groups at community centers, grassroots organizations, clothing exchanges, and local schools. This is a chance for you to bond with fellow students while engaging in hands-on community work.

The second aspect is activism and social justice. You will hear from numerous guest speakers and panelists on contemporary social issues in the Boston community, such as homelessness and workers’ rights. In addition to your worksite group, you will be placed into a discussion group, which will give you a setting to critically examine articles within the reading packet and the issues raised by the programming of FUP. Finally, there will be activities that will equip you with the tools necessary to succeed in the academic, social, and activist spaces at Harvard.

Of course, we’ll also have plenty of fun, engaging activities throughout FUP, including tours of Harvard and Boston, evening excursions to Yogurtland, dance parties, and a talent show! Get ready! These will be the best six best days of your summer!

Is there a program fee? 

Our goal is to keep FUP financially accessible to all. To meet this goal, we have a voluntary program fee, which means, participants are asked to pay what they feel they can afford. Those who qualify for the Student Event Fund should not pay a fee. Currently, all funds are provided through individual donations (usually alumni adn friends) and grant funding.  You will receive more information once your participation is confirmed.

I’m coming a day or two early; can I still bring my things with me?

Unless it is absolutely necessary, like there are no other flights that arrive on Wednesday, August 16th please do not arrive early. We simply will not have the dorm rooms ready at that time. If you need to arrive early, contact us via email and we will figure things out on a case by case basis. 

How does move-out day work?

Bright and early on Monday, August 21st, all FUPpies will be placing their belongings into several loading trucks. Later that day, you all will unpack into your term-time dorms. This is a day earlier than the general student body, so you’ll get first dibs on your room! Your guardians or relatives are more than welcome to help you pack and unpack!

Is there gender neutral housing?

FUP offers gender neutral housing! If this applies to you, please fill out the Accommodations Form. Contact the Accessible Education Office: http://aeo.fas.harvard.edu/

Is FUP accessible?

FUP is committed to making every aspect of the program accessible. Every year we do have worksites that offer service opportunities that do not involve physical labor (like research, data analysis and data entry or sorting) and are accessible.

Please be aware that FUP days are very busy; and  activities are based all over Boston, Cambridge and the Harvard campus.  You should be comfortable getting to and from locations that are up to 15 minutes walking distance apart. Public transportation can accommodate wheelchairs and there are elevators at each stop, and Harvard shuttles can assist when on campus. If we know ahead of time, we can plan accordingly and choose locations that are closer. 

If you have questions, please contact Harvard's Accessible Education Office and learn more about accessibility at Harvard Accessibility office (http://aeo.fas.harvard.edu/). Get in touch with the Harvard Accessibility Office as soon as you find out you will be attending a pre-orientation program.  

Other questions not yet answered?

This page is being continually updated to reflect and answer any frequently asked questions. If you still have a question, please email us at harvardfup@gmail.com. Thanks!