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Student Engagement

GSAS students have numerous opportunities to engage with one another around shared interests and to develop leadership skills.

Interested in becoming a student leader on the GSAS Student Council or in a GSAS Student Group?

Reach out to your group of interest on Engage or contact the GSAS Student Center squad.

GSAS Student Council

The GSAS Student Council (GSC) advocates for, supports, and recognizes GSAS students in academic, administrative, and residential matters. 

Through monthly open meetings, the GSC brings together students across disciplines to raise matters of mutual concern. The group also provides a vehicle for GSAS students and administrators to have a meaningful dialogue about the issues that shape the graduate experience at Harvard. 

The GSC awards grants for research and travel, funds GSAS student groups and organizations, and sponsors student-led mini-courses during January@GSAS, Harvard’s winter session. Each year, the group also celebrates and highlights student leaders and faculty who positively impact the graduate student experience. Connect with the GSC through Engage or join them in Lehman Hall for their monthly open meetings, which take place in the Graduate Student Lounge on the 2nd floor of the GSAS Student Center. GSC elections occur in during their April and September open meetings.

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GSAS Student Groups

Student groups greatly enhance the graduate student experience by providing opportunities to connect with a community of students who share common interests and goals. GSAS student groups gather around topics ranging from cultures, sports, and hobbies to community service and advocacy. The groups create spaces where you can engage in activities that promote personal growth, develop leadership skills, and build community. Join student groups, RSVP to events, and explore social and learning opportunities on Engage

To learn more about existing groups or how to start a new group, contact the GSAS Student Center. 

Language Tables

The GSAS Student Center Language Tables are student-run spaces where GSAS Students and Harvard community members get together to practice languages. We encourage all interested in language exchange to participate, regardless of ability. There are several active Language Tables that run weekly meetings either in person, virtually, or in hybrid models. If you would like to organize a new Language Table, contact the Center Squad.

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