GSAS Welcomes with Border


The International Student Orientation takes place in Emerson Hall.

This event provides an opportunity for new international GSAS students to learn about resources at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard University, while connecting with current international students and hearing about their experiences in GSAS.

8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

Foyer and Hallway, Emerson Hall

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks and Resources for International Students

Room 105, Emerson Hall
Resource overview about studying, living, and working at Harvard and in the United States.

Garth McCavana
Dean for Student Affairs, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS)

Patrick O’Brien
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, GSAS

Danielle Farrell
Acting Director of Student Services, GSAS Title IX Coordinator

Suzanne Smith
Director of the Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas, GSAS

Pamela Pollock
Director of Professional Development, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

J.C. Miller
Accommodations Administrator, Accessible Education Office (AEO)

Darryl Zeigler
Senior Advisor to International Students and Scholars, Harvard International Office (HIO

Jenny Minichiello
International Foreign Student and Scholar Advisor, HIO

10:20 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Rooms  105 and 210, Emerson Hall

Student Life
Current GSAS students will discuss their experiences and answer questions.

Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Discrimination 
Discussion facilitated by members of GSAS, the Title IX Office, and the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR):

Seth Avakian
Program Officer for Title IX and Professional Conduct, GSAS Title IX Coordinator

Danielle Farrell
Acting Director of Student Services, GSAS Title IX Coordinator

Nina Harris
Education Specialist, OSAPR

Rose Poyau
Case Coordinator, OSAPR