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Messages To Students

Summer reflection

August 14, 2015

Dear Harvard College Students,

I hope that each of you is having a wonderful break, whether you are spending time with friends and family, pursuing an internship, or studying abroad. Time away from our everyday academic tasks can be remarkably restorative. I am hopeful that this time away from campus has been as invigorating for you as it has been for my family and me. Continue reading about Summer reflection

Spring Forward

May 16, 2015

Dear Harvard College Students,

With your finals nearly completed and summer approaching, I have been reflecting on my “freshman” year as your Dean: taking on this new role, taking stock of our collective experiences, and contemplating our future work together. Continue reading about Spring Forward


March 6, 2015

Dear Harvard College Students,

Last night, I received an image of an invitation for a party hosted by an all-male unrecognized student group. The invitation included a link to an accompanying video, which has since been deactivated. The invitation and the video are offensive, crude, and sexist. Continue reading about #crimsonrespect

Standing Together

December 8, 2014

Dear Harvard College Students,

As I write this letter, I know that my words cannot begin to express the emotions or claim the lived experiences that so many of us are feeling in the wake of the events in Ferguson and Staten Island. But there are moments when we cannot stay silent. So with great humility, I share these few thoughts. Continue reading about Standing Together