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


8:30 a.m


9:00 a.m.

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

9:15 a.m.

Resources for Students
Dean McCavana
Patrick O’Brien, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, GSAS
Jacqueline Yun, Director of Student Services, GSAS
Suzanne Smith, Director of the Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas, GSAS Pamela Pollock, Associate Director for Professional and Scholarly Development, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning 
Niti Seth, Academic Counselor, Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC)

9:40 a.m.       

The Role of the International Office
Darryl Zeigler, Advisor to International Students and Scholars, Harvard International Office (HIO)

10:20 a.m.

Break Out Sessions 
Student Life
GSAS Student Leaders

Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Discrimination
Seth Avakian, Program Officer for Title IX and Professional Conduct and  
GSAS Title IX Coordinator
Maike Isaac, Education Specialist for Graduate and Professional Schools,  
Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (OSAPR)

Meera Seshadri, Associate Director, Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (OSAPR)
Jacqueline Yun, GSAS Title IX Coordinator