Holiday Closure: HUECU branches and support center will be closed Monday, February 18 in observance of Presidents’ Day

Thank you for your interest! We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018-19 Student Advisory Council (SAC).

The application for the 2019-20 cohort will open in August and close in mid-September. You may nominate a student at any time using the form below.

We encourage any Harvard College student who is interested in economic diversity and inclusion to review the information below and consider submitting an application.

If you have any questions, please contact Migdalia Gomez at myhuecu@harvard.edu.

If you’d like more information on SAC’s current Wintersession project, please visit: HUECU.org/wintersession.

The Details

HUECU seeks to elevate and empower Harvard College students from diverse backgrounds by providing them with hands-on experience that will prepare them to excel as thoughtful, balanced community and business leaders.

Established in 1939, HUECU is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative, exclusively serving the Harvard community and distinguished through our reinvestment of profits in our members and the local community, particularly in the form of free financial education.

The purpose of the Student Advisory Council (SAC) is to advise HUECU in its pursuit of campus-wide financial wellness by consulting on financial education programming, university engagement events, and student banking services.

Example: HUECU holds a multi-day personal finance course during Wintersession, which features expert guest speakers from the financial services industry – from Venture Capitalists discussing the basics of investing, to Human Resources directors detailing how to maximize every dime of your benefits, and everything in between. SAC members will provide strategic guidance on the existing curriculum, schedule and timing, and marketing channels.

SAC provides students with exposure to the not-for-profit financial world. Members of SAC will have an unparalleled relationship with HUECU C-suite executives and the Board of Directors, which include leaders from HBS, The COOP, MGH, and PayPal, among others. SAC members will report directly to HUECU’s staff liaisons.

SAC will consist of a small group of members who are expected to participate in all council meetings and contribute to personal financial wellness programming, university engagement events, and student banking services.

The time commitment is minimal. There will be 2 in-person planning sessions per semester; approximately 2 hours each, and 2 group conference calls; approximately 1 hour each. The 2018-2019 meeting schedule will be developed in partnership with the 2018-2019 cohort.

SAC members who are unable to attend meetings should notify the HUECU staff liaisons in advance. Members who miss more than 2 meetings over the course of the academic year and/or are unable to actively participate may be asked to step down in order to ensure continuity.

Each SAC member will serve for one academic year, and are encouraged to reapply. There are no term limits, as experience and familiarity with HUECU programming, events, and services are important assets.

Returning applicants will be asked to reflect on their involvement over the past year of service, including attendance at meetings, active participation, and most importantly personal and professional growth. HUECU staff liaisons will review written materials and make final decisions.

SAC members and alumni are encouraged to make nominations and lead the recruitment of new members.

You may nominate a student to apply and our SAC liaison will notify them they’ve been nominated by you, email them information about the committee, and send a link to the application.

Apply today to serve on the SAC

In an effort to make SAC as nimble and, yet, as diverse as possible, there are limited number of open seats and a brief application. We put enormous care into evaluating each and every application. There are two parts:

1. The first section is your personal information, which we use to inform you of your acceptance status. Your responses in the first section are removed from your application before the selection process.

2. The second section will be evaluated during the selection process. We are looking for different perspectives formed through diverse life experiences and circumstances, and an interest in collaborative, creative solutions despite constraints like limited time and resources.

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