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Messages To Students

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


November 23, 2014

Dear Harvard College Students,

On my daily walk from Cabot House to the Yard, I see the leaves changing color and falling from the trees. I am reminded of how the transition from autumn to winter gradually reveals a different landscape and allows me to appreciate parts of our campus that I did not notice before. Continue reading about Thankful

Update for the College community

October 31, 2014

Dear Harvard College Students,

I write to you with an update on the investigation of the threatening emails sent earlier this month to many members of our community, which targeted, particularly, women of Asian descent, and to speak about how the College can better respond to such situations in the future. UPDATED (11/4/14): If you are still receiving contact please email [email protected] or let HUPD know immediately by calling 617-495-1212. Continue reading about Update for the College community

Last week's threatening emails

October 8, 2014

Dear Harvard College Students,

The threatening emails sent to many of you last Friday impacted our entire community. These despicable emails, which directly targeted our Asian and Asian-American students, created an environment of anxiety and fear across our campus. Now that the HUPD’s investigation has concluded that the emails do not pose a credible threat to campus and were sent from abroad, I would like to discuss the events of last week in the context of how they affected our community. Continue reading about Last week's threatening emails

Busy but good

September 20, 2014

Dear Harvard College Students,

Now that shopping week is behind us and study cards have been submitted, I hope you have all found classes that are engaging and inspiring. This is the first time in many years that I am not teaching, and I am envious of my colleagues who are in the classroom with you this semester. Continue reading about Busy but good

Remembering Haley Rue '17

September 12, 2014

Dear Harvard College Students,

I write to invite you to a memorial service that will be held on campus for Haley Rue, ‘17, in celebration of her life. As you may know, Haley passed away suddenly this summer, the result of an accident while traveling in Germany. She had an adventurous spirit and was incredibly kind, and her passing was a great shock to those who knew her and all of us in the College community. Continue reading about Remembering Haley Rue '17