More IT Communities

Information technology at Harvard today is a rich community of users who play many roles. HUIT is dedicated to expanding and supporting Harvard's IT community. If you would like to have your organization added to our portal page, please let us know.


College IT Priority Committee: This group meets every six weeks to monitor and to set priorities for the Harvard College technology needs for administration, teaching and learning. Membership: Chaired by the Dean of Undergraduate Education. A partnership between FAS IT and the College Dean’s Office, the committee includes the Advising Programs Office, the Program in General Education, the Office of Student Life, and the FAS Registrar

DARTH Crimson (Digital Arts & Humanities): Digital research support across the arts and humanities

FAS Administrative Systems Advisory Group (ASAG): This group meets monthly to address issues and changes to enterprise administrative applications. Membership: FAS Finance, HR, Research Administration, and FAS IT


FAS IT Security Liaisons: This group discusses updates and best practices in IT security awareness and compliance. Membership: FAS departments

FAS IT Stakeholders’ Group: This broad-based forum meets every other month during the academic year. Membership: IT professionals and customers

FAS Research Computing: Established in 2007 as part of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences (FAS) Division of Science, with the founding principle of facilitating the advancement of complex research by providing leading edge computing services. 

Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences: The university's largest social science research center, IQSS builds cutting edge social science infrastructure, fosters a flourishing community of social scientists, and does whatever it can to help students, faculty, and staff leverage each other's advances and take us all to the next level. 

SAGET: This group meets quarterly with the FAS Academic Technology Group to ensure feedback on technologies and services that impact the student experience.


IT at Harvard SchoolsWhile HUIT serves a range of University-wide IT functions, many Harvard Schools have their own IT support services. 

A Better Computing Deal (ABCD)Members of the Harvard IT community meet monthly to discuss IT issues and also sponsor active subgroups around specific topics. The ABCD Committee is an informal association of system managers, programmers, researchers, students, administrators, and faculty at Harvard University and its affiliated institutions in the Boston area. The group is an organization of over 700 members.

CIO CouncilMonthly meetings with CIOs to discuss collaboration, priorities, security, and compliance. Membership: CIO from each school

Data at Harvard University:  Access to public sources of Harvard University institutional data

Green IT Working Group: A Green IT sub-committee, composed of key IT and facilities leaders across Harvard, is revising key guidelines and recommendations for reducing energy and cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the University’s IT infrastructure. The committee is also addressing e-waste and the responsible and ethical disposal of hazardous electronic materials.

Harvard Academic Computing Committee (HACC): HACC, the first University-wide academic IT planning committee, shares academic IT strategies, innovations and solutions, frames academic IT principles, policies, and standards that have University-wide impact. The HACC also sponsors an annual workshop to bring faculty together to share best practices and to promote the use of technology in teaching. Membership: Made up of faculty and senior IT administrators from across the University

Harvard Computer Society: HCS is a student organization at Harvard devoted to promoting interest in computers, technology, good technology policy, and the study of computer science.

IT Capital Review Board (ITCRB)The IT Capital Review Board (ITCRB), convened in 2012, serves at the pleasure of the University's Executive Vice President (EVP). The ITCRB meets annually each Spring to review project funding requests for the coming fiscal year. After reviewing the project proposals the Board reviews priorities and tradeoffs and prepares funding recommendations for the EVP. Click here to learn how the ITCRB process works. Membership: Click here to see the current member roster.

Other Communities

The following groups play an essential role in the oversight and governance of various IT activities at Harvard. Please contact for more information.

Dell Roadmap Group: This group meets to discuss and set standard configurations for Dell PCs (for administrative, academic, and personal computing) and Windows OS versions. The group also addresses vendor performance and customer service concerns. Membership: Membership includes representation from every school in addition to Technology Services

Desktop Standards Committee: Monthly meeting to review changes in desktop standards, both hardware and software, for customers of DLS in CAIT. Membership: Central Administration managers

iCommons Steering Committee (Instructional Computing): Includes CIOs and senior academic IT specialists from the schools who participate in the iCommons collaborative to review plans, shape future priorities and directions, share best practices, and monitor service levels and shape priorities. Membership: School CIO’s and senior academic IT staff from iCommons client schools

Harvard University IT Visiting Committee: Made up of members from industry, as well as leaders in higher education, the IT Visiting Committee comes to Harvard each fall to discuss IT initiatives and strategies at Harvard. Membership: UCIO convenes

PCI Executive Committee: Formulates policies and oversees Harvard compliance with PCI standards. Membership: UCIO - Chairs

Project Review Committee (PRC): The PRC sets priorities for administrative systems work, ensures available resources are optimally allocated, and monitors administrative systems projects. Membership: Vice Presidential representation (VPF, VPH, VPA, VPAA) and CIO’s from CAIT and FAS, some school representatives as well (HBS, HLS)

Security Liaisons Group: To review and advise on Harvard’s Security Compliance Process and related issues such as changing legal requirements; to make recommendations regarding overall University security compliance; and to provide a conduit for security communication and activity. Membership: Schools, Office of Administrative Systems, Network Operations, Server Operations, University Operations, HR/Finance

Wireless LAN Working Group: The purpose of this group is provide a forum for the discussion of new wireless network features, security improvements or authentication upgrades, technical issues and any proposed wireless network policy changes. Membership: Members come from every school and major group on campus