Frequently Asked Questions

Are you the anti-final club campaign?
Harvard Students for Safe Space is not about attacking individual people or our peers’ choices. This campaign is about starting a dialogue about exclusive social space on this campus, and asking everyone to think critically about their participation in social space and the impact that has on their peers. Final clubs are a huge part of exclusive space on campus, but all of us who are students at Harvard are in one way or another contributing to social space on campus.

How many people are involved in your group?

There are 7 of us who are active Leadership Team members of the student group, and there are over 60 people involved in the broader student group/campaign and on our e-mail list.

When did this group start and how?

In early September 2010, Sabrina Lee convened a meeting in Dunster of about 30 people, who united around shared interest about making social space on campus less exclusive and more safe. In October, that coordinating group of students delivered a fake punch to the door of every Harvard undergraduate and invited them to a dialogue on social life. In April, what had since been called the Final Club campaign became a student group called Harvard Students for Safe Space. Also in April, the organizations’ asks were endorsed by the Undergraduate Council with the passage of the UC bill 29S-XX.

How are you different from the campaign for a student center?

Harvard Students for Safe Space is supportive of an open, accessible and convenient student center for all Harvard students, and think that it would be an extremely productive long-term solution. However, in the interim before that long-term solution is feasible, there are many short term steps that can be taken in order to make social space at Harvard safer, more accessible and more open, and these steps are outlined in our asks:

1. Increase funding for student-initiated parties.

2. Make existing common spaces (e.g. house JCRs) more readily available.

3. Release information about both on and off-campus social spaces frequented by students (e.g. sexual assault statistics) so that students can make informed decisions about where they socialize, while preserving anonymity.

4. FAS makes a public statement with an official position on final clubs starting in the fall of 2011.

5. Incorporate discussions about social space as part of first-year and sophomore advising conversations by the fall of 2011.

6. Establish a CSL Subcommittee including administrators, faculty, student final club members and student non-members to continuously address issues of safety, exclusivity and lack of transparency.

How can I get involved? 
We hold regular meetings for our leadership team, which everyone is welcome to join in on and participate in! We also maintain active email lists, which you’re encouraged to use to discuss social spaces on- and off-campus. If you’re interested in joining our mailing list, please submit your information here: