GSAS Bulletin Cover November 2017

The Bulletin is the student newsletter of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Printed eight times during the academic year, and updated continually online, the Bulletin profiles PhD and master's students and reports on GSAS news and events.

By Jackie Yun

Harvard’s unique House system and graduate housing options provide a number of leadership opportunities for graduate students. Here are some ways to get involved, gain valuable experience, and make a difference.

Dudley Fellows

Dudley House employs a vibrant group of GSAS students as Dudley fellows, who develop programming for House members. Coming from a broad range of academic fields, fellows usually serve for one to two academic years.

Dudley fellows lead program areas ranging from athletics and public service to arts and music. They plan events throughout the academic year, including sports activities, lectures, dinners, dances, and outings. Applications for fellow positions open in January for the following academic year.

More Information: dudley.harvard.edu

Contact: Susan Zawalich at zawalich@fas.harvard.edu

Freshman Proctors

Freshman Proctors provide guidance for first-year undergraduates in all aspects of their Harvard experience. Proctors reside in freshman dormitories and are the members of the College staff who have the most extensive contact with first-year students. Working under the direction of a resident dean of freshmen, proctors create an academic and social community among first-year students. In addition, they provide academic counseling to College students.

More Information: fdo.fas.harvard.edu/pages/proctors

Contact: Torey Martin at toreymartin@fas.harvard.edu

Resident Tutors

Resident Tutors are valued and important members of the Harvard College staff who play a vital role in the residential and educational life of undergraduates. Each College House forms a small academic and social community in which resident tutors and undergraduates live, eat, socialize, and study together within the larger context of the College and the University. Resident tutors are available to meet with students, provide academic advising, and participate in community events.

More Information: osl.fas.harvard.edu/tutors-proctors

Contact: Harvard College Office of Student Life at 617-495-1942

Non-Resident Tutors

Applicants for non-resident tutor positions use the resident tutor application. Please note that the hiring process for non-resident tutors generally extends beyond the resident tutor process. Those interested in non-resident roles should contact the House offices individually.

More Information: osl.fas.harvard.edu/tutors-proctors

Contact: Harvard College Office of Student Life at 617-495-1942

Resident Advisors in the GSAS Residence Halls

Each year, 16 graduate students are chosen to serve as resident advisors (RAs) in the 4 GSAS residence halls. RAs live and work in the halls to help improve residential life and act as resources for new and continuing residents. RAs help students adjust to residence hall living, aid in emergency situations, and act as liaisons with the GSAS administration. Applications for 2018–2019 RA positions will be available in early January.

More Information: gsas.harvard.edu/housing

Contact: gsasreslife@fas.harvard.edu

Graduate Dormitory Council

The Harvard University Graduate Dormitory Council (GDC) is a student organization in the GSAS residence halls committed to improving the quality of life for residents. The GDC organizes and sponsors social events in the residence halls, including movie nights. The organization also provides recreational equipment (barbecues, sports equipment, and a video/game library) to residents. Elections for officer positions are held in the spring.

More Information: projects.iq.harvard.edu/gdc

Contact: ioanazelko@g.harvard.edu

Community Advisor for the Graduate Commons Program

Community advisors are Harvard University Housing (HUH) residents who want to make their community a vibrant and engaging place to live. The current team is comprised of graduate students, postdocs, and spouses from a variety of backgrounds. Graduate Commons Program community advisors plan a number of events throughout the academic year—everything from rock climbing to tea tasting to networking workshops, and much more. While event planning is a large part of the community advisor role, these individuals serve as overall leaders in the Graduate Commons communities. Community advisors are selected after an application and interview process that starts in January. Applicants must be a current HUH resident in good standing with Harvard Housing to apply.

More Information: huhousing.harvard.edu/residents/graduate-commons-program

Contact: graduatecommons@harvard.edu

An information session about resident advisor, Dudley fellow, resident tutor, and freshmen proctor positions will be held for GSAS students in December. Watch for details in the GSAS Bulletin and on GSAS social media!

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