For many years, the Freshman Dean’s Office has assigned readings to incoming first-year students and organized conversations with faculty and administrators during Opening Days to address important questions raised in the texts.
The goals of Community Conversations are to:
- Consider what’s important to you about your identity and your community as you transition from home to Harvard;
- Examine your assumptions and learn about your peers’ diverse identities and perspectives;
- Begin to develop a sense of shared responsibility for upholding a compassionate and respectful community; and,
- Engage in conversations that may be challenging or unfamiliar.
How the Program Works:
Students do the following to prepare for Community Conversations:
- Read the assigned book, My Beloved World by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, making personal meaning of the memoir.
- Attend the conversation on Tuesday, September 1, 9:30-11:00am, to share personal views, recalling the relevance of the readings to joining an exceptionally diverse class at Harvard.