The Harvard Foundation expanded greatly through 80s and 90s, not only in the number and size of its programs, but in its ability to reach out to and support student efforts through the development of an extensive grant programs.



The Harvard Foundation's Humanitarian Award and Gomes Lecture began in 1984 and has honored individuals such as Martin Luther King, Sr., Bishop Desmond Tutu and Sharon Stone for their dedication to humanitarian efforts. 



Cultural Rhythms, the Foundation's flagship event, was begun in 1985 by Rosa Rios, a former intern and current Secretary of the US Treasury; it is now the largest student-run celebration on campus and recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.



In 1992, the Harvard Foundation's Albert Einstein Science Conference for Minorities and Women was established, which provides over a hundred children from the surrounding area with a chance to explore and be inspired by the sciences. 



The Writer and Film Series have, through their history at the Foundation, featured dozens of  both established and young-and-upcoming writers and filmmakers who have produced works that highlite issues of culture and race in society. 



Throughout these years, countless discussions were held, events organized, and guests invited to address both concerns and hopes for the future of intercultural and race relations on campus and beyond.