The Dean of Students Office is dedicated to building an inclusive residential and social community where all students can feel welcome and supported at Harvard College.


Pfoho students on Housing Day


In partnership with students and colleagues, the Dean of Students Office cultivates engagement, belonging, and respect; fosters an integrated living and learning community; and inspires self-discovery among Harvard College students.

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With students at the center of our work, the Dean of Students Office will set the standard for a four year, outcomes-based campus and residential life experience which will enable Harvard College students to thrive intellectually, socially, and personally. We create the conditions where students can be inspired and will find a sense of belonging.

Our Values



We operate at the edges of our learning in pursuit of personal and professional development.



We find power in partnerships and in the sharing of ideas and resources.



We affirm the value of individuals and our voices, our communities and our interdependence.



We remain accountable to ourselves and to our community.

Our Goals: 2020-21

Goal 1

Create an assessment plan to evaluate and make recommendations for how the DSO will solicit and utilize student feedback, with the goal of being intentional about using feedback to improve our delivery of student-centered outcomes and processes.

Goal 2

Work intentionally to become an antiracist organization. Assess student-facing programs and support services; use findings to guide recalibration where racism is found to have impacted students, DSO staff, and our work. Advance staff learning about race, racism in general, and anti-Black racism.

Goal 3

Redefine how to support holistic student development in a remote engagement environment and within a hybrid College community, identifying new and creative ways to address issues of student health and wellness, inclusion and belonging, social isolation, and harassment, among others.


Our Teams

The Dean of Students Office is made up of three units including Residential Life & Housing and First-Year Experience, Student Engagement, and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. These areas are responsible for developing the conditions for a thriving learning environment where students can succeed intellectually, socially, and personally.

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Harvard College seeks to build a community where every student can thrive, and it does so on the foundation of a set of shared values including belonging, inclusion, and non-discrimination.

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Policy on Unrecognized Single-Gender Social Organizations

The policy on Unrecognized Single-Gender Social Organizations (USGSO) is designed to dedicate resources to those organizations that are advancing principles of inclusivity, while offering them supportive pathways as they transform into more inclusive organizations.

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Professional Positions

Throughout their experience at Harvard, students encounter mentors and guides who serve as models of engaged, conscientious citizenship. Our staff are inspired by and learn from their interactions with students, and these relationships create an enriching, collaborative community for students to thrive.

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