About Us

Founded in 1997, the Harvard Colombian Student Society (HCSS) represents and unites over a hundred Colombians across Harvard university. In addition to students, our members include faculty, researchers, staff, and their family members. The core purpose of HCSS is to serve as a forum for innovative, critical and interdisciplinary dialogue on important issues facing Colombia. We promote Colombian affairs at Harvard, highlight the work and talents of our members, create lasting bonds with other communities in Massachusetts, and provide a platform for member-led initiatives in order to learn collectively through our rich diversity. Through cultural and social events, we strengthen the proud Colombian identity. The school-sanctioned chapters with which HCSS collaborates include the HKS Colombian Caucus, the Harvard GSAS Colombian Society, and the Colombian Student Association at Harvard College. Learn more about the Colombian community at Harvard on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter


Fifth Edition of the Colombian Conference (2018)

Fifth Edition of the Colombian Conference (2018)

Colombia Talks with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Juan Manuel Santos Calderón (2018).

Colombia Talks with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Juan Manuel Santos Calderón (2018).

Colombians comprise the second largest contingent of Latin American students and scholars at Harvard University. Representing the academic and social interests of such a diverse group of talented individuals requires a Harvard-wide organization, capable of organizing intellectually stimulating events regularly and bringing together Colombia enthusiasts from all schools across Harvard. We strive to contribute valuable ideas for the development of Colombia mainly through two channels:

  • The Annual Colombian Conference: where we discuss perspectives on our part of the world and seek to find solutions informed on best practices from across the world. The event's website (www.colombianconference.co) and official written proceedings of the COLOMBIA 2040 conference were developed by students in order to inform the entire Harvard community about what Colombia has to offer to the rest of the world. Organized in partnership with other universities in the Boston area.

  • Colombia Talks discussion series: which offers a fresh and up to date perspective on Colombia's challenges, which helps students interested in Latin America as a region to gain comparative knowledge based on the Colombian experience. Through engaging discussions and presentations involving Colombian leaders and subject matter experts, the series Colombia Talks seeks to create awareness and a better understanding of the current political, economic, and social situation of Colombia.

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