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For more informationThe Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs is available to answer questionsabout the application process, student life, and minority recruitment.Sheila Thomas, PhD,Dean for AcademicPrograms andDiversityStephanie Parsons,Assistant Directorof Diversity andMinority AffairsXavier Du Maine,Diversity andInclusion FellowLara Roach,Diversity andInclusion FellowKarina GonzalezKatie Saibara,Herrera, PhD, Assistant ProgramDirector of DiversityCoordinatorand Minority AffairsContact InformationHarvard Student GroupsThe Graduate School of Arts andSciences at Harvard UniversityRichard A. and Susan F. SmithCampus Center1350 Massachusetts Avenue,Suite 350Cambridge, MA 02138617-495-5315gsas.harvard.eduGraduate Student Councilgsc.fas.harvard.eduOffice of Diversity andMinority rsityGSAS Underrepresented Scholarsin NeuroscienceGSAS-USN@fas.harvard.eduHarvard GSAS Latinx tionOffice of Admissions andFinancial 019PerspectivesResources for Minority Applicants

A Message from the DeanI am delighted you are considering graduatestudy at the Graduate School of Arts andSciences at Harvard University (GSAS). GSAS isa community where you can form and test yourown ideas, expand your scholarly horizons, anddeepen your knowledge while accessing worldrenowned research centers, scholarly collections,and museums. Whether working with scienceand engineering faculty to discover or applynew principles or technology, or creating theirown intellectual space in the humanities andsocial sciences, GSAS students are central to theintellectual mission of the University.GSAS’s diverse community represents many races, ethnicities, gender identities,physical abilities, belief systems, nationalities, and sexual orientations, and westrive to create an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive and growacademically and personally. Student body diversity—including ethnic andracial diversity—is essential for GSAS and for Harvard to achieve their sharedpedagogical and institutional objectives, preparing students to assume leadershiproles in the increasingly pluralistic society into which they will graduate.Our offices of Diversity and Minority Affairs, Academic Programs, and StudentAffairs work closely with multiple student groups, who provide academic andsocial support through activities designed to enhance social and professionaldevelopment experiences. We also promote opportunities for mentorship andcareer preparation.In this brochure, you will read more about our degree programs, Harvard’scommitment to diversity, and the application process. I welcome you to explorethis remarkable institution as you consider the next step for your academic andprofessional life.Emma DenchDean of the Graduate School of Arts and SciencesMcLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and of the Classics Visit gsas.harvard.edu/diversity for moreinformation about the graduate experience at HarvardThe Graduate School of Arts and Sciences I1

Finding aHome at HarvardLaVaughn Henry, PhD ’91, economicsMember of the Graduate SchoolAlumni Association CouncilA Commitment to DiversityHarvard’s policy is to make decisions concerning applicantson the basis of what each individual can contribute to theUniversity’s educational objectives and institutional needs.The University does not discriminate on the basis of race,color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin,political beliefs, veteran status, or disability unrelated to jobor course of study requirements.The Application ProcessAdmissions committees will weigh all your materials, notgrades or test scores alone, paying special attention toyour grades in your intended field of graduate study and/or closely related fields. Similarly, letters of recommendation by academics in your field who can comment on yourscholarly work will be given considerable weight. Equallyimportant to the decision process is your statement ofpurpose. The statement of purpose—an intellectual discussion of your past work and the questions you wish topursue—should reflect your qualifications, enthusiasm, andcommitment to graduate study in your field of interest. Youmay also be asked to provide a writing sample or portfolioof your work.2 I Perspectives: Resources for Minority ApplicantsGSASat a GlancenD egree candidates:4,814 (4,521 PhDcandidates;293 master’scandidates)nD egree programs:59n4 7 percent of GSASstudents are womenn3 4 percent ofGSAS students areinternationaln1 2 percent ofGSAS students areunderrepresentedminoritiesIn the spring of 1984, as I walked acrossHarvard Yard for the very first time—ayard so often crossed by past and futurepresidents, captains of industry, andrenowned artists—a recurring questioncrossed my mind: “Will I fit in here?”I recall meeting the other members ofmy entering doctoral class in economics.“Harvard,” “Yale,” “Stanford,” amongmany other well-known names, all“ How much of a differenceseemed to recur as they introduced themcan I make while I am here,selves. I was under no illusion that RockhurstCollege, or the University of Missouri, places and after I leave Harvard?”—LAVAUGHN HENRYI had attended, would be among the onesthey named. Although . . . guess what? Thestories they told of how they got to Harvard, where they came from, and what theywanted to achieve did not seem for me to be that distant.In class, when we formed study groups, or met for lunch or drinks, I came tounderstand that the presumed difference between myself and the other students,even the faculty whom I had come to know, was a presumption based on ignorance, not on fact. I started to ask myself another question: “Is it possible that Imight belong here?”Harvard University is a cornucopia of information, insight, and involvement.While on the Yard, I became president of the Graduate Student Council of theGraduate School of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Student Advisory Committee of the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School, and an active participant in the Student Coalition against Apartheid in South Africa. These are just afew examples of the diversity of opportunities and opinion that the University offersto all, regardless of background, who pass through its gates. I ultimately came toask myself one more question: “How much of a difference can I make while I amhere, and after I leave Harvard?”The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences I3

regarding content and structure. When you are done, asksomeone to proofread your final draft for typographical andgrammatical errors.About the GRECrafting a Compelling Statement of PurposeA statement of purpose is an opportunity for the admissions committee to heardirectly from you why you are qualified for graduate study. Written as an essay,the statement should describe your research interests and the questions you areinterested in pursuing, conveying this information in a scholarly manner. Somestudents find it best to present their research experiences as a series of intellectualturning points; others focus on a single culminating one—often the undergraduatethesis. These experiences can be used to show why you wish to continue exploringa certain theme or why you wish to turn in a new direction. In either case, thediscussion should provide a vivid picture of your intellectual profile: how youformulate research topics, how you pursue them, and how you articulate anyinteresting findings. You should also discuss why you wish to study in a particulardepartment or with a particular faculty member.The statement of purpose is not an autobiography, nor should it be a recitationof your resume or transcript, though you can include brief personal information asit pertains to your scholarly goals. You want the faculty committee to get to knowyou on an academic and intellectual level and understand that you are prepared forthe rigors of a competitive graduate program.Writing a competitive statement of purpose is a lengthy process, so giveyourself adequate time to write a tightly-organized and polished piece of work.This will require obtaining feedback from past or current mentors and others4 I Perspectives: Resources for Minority ApplicantsThe Graduate Record Examination general test scoresmust be no more than five years old, if required by yourprogram. Educational Testing Service (www.ets.org)provides information about GRE registration, fee waivers,and free preparation assistance. Be sure to review GSAS’sdegree programs (gsas.harvard.edu/programs-study) foryour department of interest to determine if the GRE GeneralTest or subject test are required or recommended; if thesubject test is recommended, only take the exam if you feelwell-prepared.No single factor determines admissions success atGSAS, and no minimum test score will ensure admissionto the program of your choice. If you have questions aboutyour score and want advice about retaking the test, consultwith professors or other advisors who are familiar with thegraduate admissions process. You can also contact thegraduate department to which you are applying.Letters of RecommendationAs part of the application, you will need to provide the namesand email addresses of three individuals to write letters ofrecommendation in your behalf. These letters should providean informative and well-documented evaluation of yourpotential for graduate study in your field of interest, focusingon your academic qualifications, research accomplishments,and potential as a scholar, furnishing detailed informationthat grades alone cannot reveal.At least six weeks prior to the application deadline,contact three individuals who know your work best andwho have been most positive about and supportive of yourwork. These should be professors in your field or closelyrelated fields who can discuss your critical-thinking skillsand ability to conduct original research. For those in theworkforce, recommendations may come from managers or“ If it takes avillage to raise achild, theDu Bois Societycan be likened tothat village, andwe as graduatestudents are itschildren. Alongmy graduatejourney, theDu Bois Societyhas provideda sense ofcommunity,solidarity, andsecurity. Despitethe challenges ofgraduate school,I always havethe resources Ineed to succeed.Moreover, I’mnever alone inmy pursuit ofsuccess; I havea village!”—BRANDON WOODS,PHD CANDIDATEIN BIOLOGICAL ANDBIOMEDICAL SCIENCEScontinued on page 10The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences I5

Programs Offered in 2019–2020GSAS grants degrees in 59 departments, divisions, and committees in thehumanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. It is the only Harvard Schoolthat confers the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.Programs of StudyFields of Study IncludeOrganismic and Evolutionary Biology*PhysicsExperimental Astrophysics; Engineering andPhysical Biology; Experimental Physics;Theoretical Astrophysics; Theoretical PhysicsPhDPopulation Health SciencesEnvironmental Health; Epidemiology; GlobalHealth and Population; Nutrition; Social andBehavioral SciencesPhDDegree(s) OfferedNatural SciencesStatisticsPhDPhDAstronomyPhDSystems Biology*Biological Sciences inDental Medicine*PhDSocial SciencesBiological Sciences inPublic Health*PhDBiophysics*PhDBiostatisticsChemical Biology*Chemistry and ChemicalBiology*PhDPhDChemical BiologyChemical Physics*InorganicOrganicPhysicalTheory*Candidates will be admitted to theCommittee on Chemical PhysicsPhDChemical PhysicsAll applicants to Chemical Physics must applythrough Chemistry and Chemical Biology.PhDDivision of MedicalSciencesBioinformatics and Integrative Genomics (BIG);Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS);Immunology; Neuroscience (PhD in Neurobiolo gy); Speech and Hearing Bioscience Technol ogy(SHBT); VirologyPhDEarth and PlanetarySciencesEngineering and AppliedSciencesPhDApplied Mathematics (PhD); Applied Physics(PhD); Com puter Science (PhD); ComputationalScience and Engineering (SM, ME); EngineeringSciences, Bioengineering (PhD); EngineeringSciences, Electrical Engineering (PhD, SM, ME);Engineering Sciences, Environmental Scienceand Engineering (PhD); Engineering Sciences,Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering(PhD)MathematicsMolecular and CellularBiology*American StudiesAnthropologyBioinformatics; BiostatisticsPhD, SM, ME*Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS) federation6 I Perspectives: Resources for Minority ApplicantsPhDPhDArchaeology (PhD only); Medical Anthropology(AM only); Social Anthropology (PhD only)Architecture, LandscapeArchitecture, and UrbanPlanningPhD; AMPhDBusiness AdministrationAccounting and Management; Marketing;Strategy; Technology and OperationsManagementPhDBusiness EconomicsBehavioral Economics; Development; Econometrics; Economics of Organizations; EconomicTheory; Entrepreneurship; Finance; IndustrialOrganization; International Economics; LaborEconomics; MacroeconomicsPhDEconomicsPhDEducationCulture, Institutions, and Society; EducationPolicy and Program Evaluation; Human Development, Learning, and TeachingPhDGovernmentAmerican Government; Comparative Politics;International Relations; Political Thought andIts HistoryPhDHealth PolicyDecision Sciences, Economics, Management,Methods for Policy Research, Political AnalysisPhDHistoryAfrican History; Ancient History; ByzantineHistory; Early Modern European History; EastAsian History; International History; LatinAmerican History; Medieval History; ModernEuropean History; Middle Eastern History;Russian and Eastern European History;South Asian History; United States HistoryPhDHistory of ScienceAncient/Medieval; Early Modern; Human/Behavioral Sciences; Life Sciences; Medicine;Physical SciencesPhD; AMPhDEngineering and Physical Biology; Molecules,Cells and OrganismsPhDHuman EvolutionaryBiologyPhD*Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS) federationThe Graduate School of Arts and Sciences I7

Middle Eastern StudiesAnthropology and Middle Eastern Studies(PhD); History of Art and Architecture andMiddle Eastern Studies (PhD); History andMiddle Eastern Studies (PhD); Regional Studies: Middle East (AM)PhD; AMOrganizational BehaviorMicro-organizational Track; Sociology TrackPhDPolitical Economy andGovernmentEconomics; GovernmentPhDPsychologyCognition, Brain, and Behavior; Developmental;Clinical; Social PsychologyPhDPublic PolicyEnvironment and Natural Resources; Judgmentand Decision Sciences; International Development; Macroeconomic and Growth Policy;Security Studies/International Relations; SocialPolicy; Science and Technology PolicyPhDChina; Japan; KoreaAMRegional Studies–East AsiaRegional Studies–Russia, Eastern Europe,and Central AsiaSocial PolicySocial Policy and Government; Social Policyand SociologyPhDPhDHistory of Art andArchitecture17th Century; 19th and 20th Century Architec ture; Africa (historic, diaspora, contemporary);African American; American; Ancient; Chinese;Contemporary; Early Christian and Byzantine;Islamic; Japanese; Latin American; Medieval;Modern (18th and 19th Century); Modern (20thCentury); Northern Renaissance; Photography;Renaissance Architecture; South Asian andIndian; Southern Renaissance; OtherPhDInner Asian and AltaicStudiesAnthropology; Comparative Literature; Economics; English; Govern ment; History; Historyof Art and Architecture; Linguistics; Music;Philosophy; Psychology; Religion; RomanceLanguages and Literatures; SociologyCeltic Languages andLiteraturesPhDHistorical Linguistics; Linguistic TheoryPhDMusicComposition (PhD only); Creative Practice andCritical Inquiry (PhD only); Music Theory (PhDonly); Musicology/Ethnomusicology (PhD only);Musicology/Historical (PhD only);Performance Practice* (AM only)*Applications for Performance Practice AM arenot currently being acceptedPhD; AMNear Eastern Language andCivilizationsAncient Near Eastern Studies; History andCulture of the Islamic World; Jewish Historyand CulturePhD; AMPhilosophyClassical PhilosophyPhDReligionTraditions: Buddhist Studies; Christianity; Hebrew Bible; Hindu Studies; IslamicStudies; Jewish Studies; New Testament andEarly Christianity; Geographical Complexes:African Religions; East Asian Religions; Europe(Medieval and Modern); Latin American andCaribbean Religions; North American Religions;Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean; SouthAsian ReligionsPhDRomance Languages andLiteraturesFrench; Italian; Portuguese; SpanishPhDSlavic Languages andLiteraturesLinguistics; LiteraturePhDPhD; AMAncient History; Byzantine Greek; ClassicalArchaeology; Classical Philology; ClassicalPhilosophy; Medieval Latin; Modern GreekComparative LiteraturePhDPhDEast Asian Languages andCivilizationsChinese History; Chinese Literature; East AsianArts/Film/Cultural Studies; History and EastAsian Languages; Inner Asian; Japanese History;Japanese Literature; Korean History; KoreanLiterature; Religion/Philosophy; TibetanPhDEnglish18th Century/Enlightenment; 19th Century British/Romantics/Victorian; 20th Century British;20th Century American; Criticism and Theory;African American Literature; Drama; EarlyAmerican (to 1900); Medieval; Poetry; Renaissance/Early Modern; The English Language;Transnational Anglophone/Postcolo nialPhDFilm and Visual Studies8 I Perspectives: Resources for Minority rman Literature; Other GermanicAMSociologyAfrican and AfricanAmerican StudiesGermanic Languages andLiteraturesSouth Asian StudiesPhD; AMGSAS enables PhD students to coordinate their studies for an additional advanceddegree, including the MD/PhD, SM/MBA degrees in engineering and in life sciences,and the JD/PhD. Prospective students must apply to and be separately admitted toeach school to participate. Visit gsas.harvard.edu/joint-degrees for more information.The fields of study noted do not necessarily reflect all areas of study availablein a given program.The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences I9

continued from page 5others who can comment on your academic potential for graduate work. Wheneverpossible, make your request for a recommendation in person, by appointment,or during office hours. Bring along any materials that could help a recommenderproduce a well-documented evaluation of your qualifications: a resume orcurriculum vitae, a paper or an exam that you wrote for a course, a transcript ofyour grades, and, if you are at the application stage, a copy of your statement ofpurpose. You should also be prepared to explain why you want to do graduate workand describe your career goals. Be sure to confirm that the recommender has noreservations about writing a letter for you. If you are also applying for nationalfellowships, request those letters at the same time, keeping in mind that fellowshipdeadlines may be earlier than admissions deadlines.Be sure to send your recommenders a thank-you note to let them know theoutcome.If you have recently graduated from college and are not yet ready to apply tograduate school, be sure to stay in touch with former course professors and researchmentors who are supportive of your work, keeping them informed of your activitiesin the field and your interest in doing graduate study at some point. When the timecomes to apply, choose those professors who have shown the strongest interest andmost sustained support for your future goals as a graduate student.WAIVING YOUR RIGHT TO SEE THE LETTERSDuring the application process, you will be asked whether or not you waiveyour right to see the letters of recommendation. In academia, many feel thatconfidential letters have greater credibility than non-confidential letters. If youare not comfortable waiving your right, you may wish to consider asking anotherindividual to provide a letter. Visit on to learn more.The Application TimelineSUMMER/EARLY FALL G ather application materials and reviewapplication requirements. Visit or contact GSAS with questions. Take the GRE general test and the subject test,if required. Begin drafting statement of purpose. If you haven’t already done so, identify and askindividuals if they are willing to write strongletters of recommendation. Request official transcripts. Consider applying for national fellowships, asthey require the same set of materials as theGSAS application.LATE FALL/WINTER Submit application materials. Admissions deadlines are in December and January.Be sure to check the GSAS website for the department’s deadline. If your program of interest interviews applicants (either in person or via Skype),prepare by arranging mock interviews.SPRING L ook for a decision letter in late February or March. Visit campus. You will be invited to visit campus as a guest of GSAS for severaldays of informational and social meetings with faculty, administrators, andcurrent students. This visit provides a more complete picture of the Harvardexperience and will help you make an informed decision about whether to acceptthe offer of admission. Reply to the offer of admission by April 15.GSAS Application Fee WaiverThe application fee is 105. You may request a fee waiver form by emailing the GSASOffice of Admissions at admiss@fas.harvard.edu or the Office of Diversity and MinorityAffairs at minrec@fas.harvard.edu.To ApplyVisit gsas.harvard.edu/apply to apply online and to learn more about programs ofstudy.10 I Perspectives: Resources for Minority ApplicantsThe Graduate School of Arts and Sciences I11

Other Opportunities for StudyNON-DEGREE PROGRAMSGSAS offers two options for study in a non-degree program as special students oras visiting fellows. For information, visit gsas.harvard.edu/programs-study/nondegree-programs or contact the Special Students and Visiting Fellows Office atspecial@fas.harvard.edu.OUTREACH PROGRAMSParticipating in research can help you decide whether a PhD is right for you and,if you do apply, makes you a stronger applicant. If you are looking for a shortterm research experience, consider a paid summer internship organized by GSAS,Harvard departments, and Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals. GSAS also offersa post-baccalaureate program, the Research Scholars Initiative, which enablescollege graduates to take part in a long-term research experience.Learn more at cing a Graduate EducationGSAS offers a comprehensive program of financial support, including grantsand fellowships from internal and external sources, traineeships, teachingfellowships, research assistantships, other academic employment opportunities,and several types of loans. All PhD candidates receive at least five years of fullfinancial support, with students in the humanities and social sciences receivinga dissertation completion fellowship in their final year. Students in the sciencestypically receive funding until they complete their degree.Academics and Professional DevelopmentThe Graduate School of Artsand Sciences is committed tohelping you develop and sustaina productive and supportiverelationship with your advisors andmentors. Although the advisingstructure and role may vary byprogram, all entering graduatestudents will have one or severaladvisors to assist them in navigatingtheir academic path. Harvardfaculty are uniquely invested in thesuccess of their graduate students,Panelists from the Du Bois Society GraduateStudent forum “We the People of Color: NegotiatingPositionality, Scholarship & Activism”12 I Perspectives: Resources for Minority ApplicantsAuthenticRelationshipsMinority BiomedicalScientists of Harvard“When I came to Harvard, Isearched for people who havestories similar to mine,” saysSalvador Brito. The PhD candidate in neuroscience found themthrough the Minority BiomedicalScientists of Harvard (MBSH), agraduate student group that aimsto improve the experience ofGSAS scientists from underrepre“ MBSH is a place where minoritysented backgrounds.students can be comfortableMBSH organizes events forsharing their struggles”professional development, and—AYANA HENDERSON (RIGHT)one such event, which Britohelped organize last semester, is the annual Jocelyn Spragg Lecture and CareerPaths Panel. The panel focuses on career paths beyond graduate school, and usually features a keynote speaker from an underrepresented background. “We hearabout how they became faculty and learn from their successes and failures,” hesays. Other MBSH events address issues such as fellowship opportunities, imposter syndrome, and mental health.MBSH also creates opportunities to build community through social events. Aparticular favorite last semester was the Karaoke Wind Down, coordinated with theW. E. B. Du Bois Graduate Society. “It’s a very inclusive, family-like environment,”Brito says.When Ayana Henderson first sat in on a MBSH board meeting, she was pleasantly surprised to see a group of underrepresented minorities in one room. “Wesupport people of all backgrounds, scientifically and culturally,” she says.“For some reason, Harvard graduate students like to pretend they’re on top ofthings when they actually aren’t,” observes the PhD candidate in biological andbiomedical science. For Henderson, MBSH is a place where minority students canbe comfortable sharing their struggles. “It gives rise to authentic relationships.Because of our shared experiences, whenever I meet new people through MBSH, itfeels like I’ve already known them for a long time.”The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences I13

and GSAS places great emphasis on making the advising role as meaningful aspossible. It is important to take advantage of the resources your faculty advisorcan offer.No one individual, however, can meet all of your needs, so be proactive aboutseeking out other mentors, both within and outside of your field, for support bothacademic and professional. Be sure to take full advantage of Harvard resources, suchas the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Career Services,and student groups, like Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering.The GSAS Student CenterThe GSAS Student Center, prominently situated in Harvard Yard, is the center ofGSAS student life, offering intellectual, social, and recreational opportunities tostudents across the disciplines. Center activities are planned by and for students,and they include dinners with faculty, film series, trips to beaches and ski areas,outings to museums and restaurants, community service opportunities, andmusical performances. GSAS students can drop in at any time for a meal, a cup ofcoffee, or a quiet place to read.GSAS also sponsors graduate student groups, ranging from religious andenvironmental groups to those affiliated with an ethnic group or academicdiscipline.Visit gsas.harvard.edu/student-life for information.Du Bois Graduate SocietyThe W. E. B. Du Bois Graduate Society sponsors numerous activities and meetswith GSAS administrators to address issues of concern to Harvard’s minoritycommunity. Named for the first African American to receive the PhD at Harvard,the Du Bois Society is a multicultural student group that plans potluck dinners,student research forums, faculty-student lunches, and a student-run conference.Visit projects.iq.harvard.edu/duboisgrad for information.Harvard Graduate Women in Science and EngineeringHarvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (HGWISE) is dedicated to thepersonal, academic, and professional development of women in natural sciences,social sciences, and engineering. HGWISE aims to enhance the graduate experiencefor women in science and engineering at Harvard by providing opportunities fornetworking, professional development, and mentoring, as well as developing ameaningful community for women scientists.Visit projects.iq.harvard.edu/hgwise/home for information.14 I Perspectives: Resources for Minority ApplicantsHelpingStudents FeelValued andSeenThe W. E. B. Du BoisGraduate Society“When everyone stays in theirown professional circles, it’shard to feel that the graduateexperience is worth anythingapart from work,” says JovonnaJones, a PhD candidate inAfrican and African Americanstudies. For her, the W. E. B. DuBois Graduate Society providesthe opportunity to connect“ Even when you’re absent, youwith other students acrossfeel seen.”—JERAUL MACKEY (LEFT)departments in a meaningful way.The Du Bois Society serves allstudents of color. A mainstay event is the Harvard Hacks series, which addressesprofessional concerns such as writing fellowship applications. Last semester,the Society also organized a forum called We the People of Color that discussedcross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship and advocacy. “Consistency makesthe Society unique,” says Jones. “Minority students feel valued when they see thatthese events occur regularly.”The Steering Committee of the Du Bois Society also has monthly meetings withthe GSAS dean for academic programs and diversity, where they discuss issuesaffecting minority students. “We’re always asking ourselves: How can we connectpeople? How can we help them feel valued?”Jeraul Mackey, a PhD candidate in education, describes the monthly WindDowns as the heartbeat of the Society. “The events refresh and re-energize me.I know I’ll see people who not only look like me, but likely struggle with thesame issues.”Outside of graduate work, Mackey pursues stand-up comedy. He recounts anoccasion where he didn’t tell anyone he was performing, but his friends fromthe Du Bois Society found out and bought tickets anyway. “Even when you’reabsent, you feel seen,” he says. “We support each other even outside graduatestudent life.”The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences I15

Harvard LGBTQ@GSAS AssociationThe Harvard LGBTQ@GSAS Association provides a community and safe space forGSAS students who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer orthose who self-identify as LGBTQ allies. Monthly events include social gatherings,educational workshops on LGBTQ topics, activism to engage wi

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