Harvard University graduate students contribute to the Broadmoor Project in many different ways. Eighty Harvard University students have spent either spring break or summer vacation in New Orleans consulting and collecting data on repopulation, education, housing, and economic development.
"Over the course of only three months, I had the opportunity to work with almost fifty Broadmoor residents who sought help with a number of legal problems directly resulting from Hurricane Katrina. Under the Emergency Civil Pro Bono Assistance Rule promulgated by the Louisiana Supreme Court after the storm, I was able to provide legal aid to indigent victims as an active member of the Louisiana bar. It was at once emotional and humbling to provide assistance and represent folks who had struggled against tremendous odds to rebuild their lives and their community.
During my time in Broadmoor, I also initiated a research project with my alma mater, Northeastern University School of Law. Through this partnership, a group of law students and professors would investigate and report on the many deficiencies of the federally funded and state-implemented Road Home program. The legal team interviewed a number of Broadmoor residents and researched relevant state and federal laws, and will release their findings in a detailed written report in Spring 2008.
Advocating on behalf of the people of Broadmoor was a highlight of my legal career, and I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to engage in such meaningful public service."
- Doug Levine MPP '08, Broadmoor Project Legal Advocate, Summer 2007
2007 Summer Intern Presentations This PowerPoint presentation was compiled by Harvard Kennedy Schoolstudents Doug Levine and Natalie Colbert and Harvard Graduate School of Design students Leah Solk and Suzanne Hague. It was presented to Shell Corporation representatives after the students spent a summer working in Broadmoor.
"Building the Plane as You Fly It: Community Development Systems in New Orleans", Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) by Tim Coates, MPP 2007