13th Annual Robert Coles “Call of Service” Lecture & Award

Photo by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


We are thrilled to announce the honoree for the 13th Annual Robert Coles “Call of Service” Lecture & Award: Cristina Jiménez! Join us on Friday, November 1st at 6:00pm at First Parish Church in Harvard Square to honor her as our 13th awardee and lecturer.

Cristina Jiménez is the co-founder and Executive Director of United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country, spanning 400,000 members and over 100 affiliates in 28 states. She has worked extensively as an advocate for LGBTQ, youth, education, and immigrant rights as well as championed UWD’s successful push for the creation and implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012.

Ms. Jiménez also notably co-founded the New York State Youth Leadership Council and the Dream Mentorship Program at Queens College, in addition to working as a policy analyst at the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy and an immigrant rights organizer at Make the Road New York. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2017 and has received numerous awards, including Forbes’ “30 Under 30 in Law and Policy” and a spot on the 2018 TIME 100 List.

PBHA’s 13th Annual
Robert Coles “Call of Service” Lecture & Award

Friday, November 1 at 6:00pm (Doors open at 5:30)
First Parish Church in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist
1446 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required for attendance.


In 2007 PBHA established a lecture and award that brings a significant figure in public service to campus each year to engender a commitment to service and draw attention to important social issues. The only award at Harvard focused on public service, this award is named in honor of Dr. Robert Coles: former PBHA volunteer and Board Member, child psychologist, civil rights activist, longtime Harvard Professor and Pulitzer Prize winning author. His book, “The Call of Service,” examines the idealistic spirit PBHA seeks to foster in our students and serves as a most fitting title for this annual lecture and award.

Part of PBHA’s Annual Alumni Weekend
November 1-2