February 8 Uncommon Fare Dinner with Dean Sheila Thimba
February 1, 2018
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Dear Members of the Class of 2021:
The Freshman Dean’s Office will host a small, private dinner at the Harvard Faculty Club on Thursday, February 8, at 7:00 pm, at which a select group of 10 first-year students will have a chance to dine with Dean Sheila Thimba, dean of administration for Harvard College. Dean Thimba will speak about her personal experiences with diversity and inclusion, and the support she lends to champion this priority in the College. If you are interested in this exceptional opportunity, and can commit to attending from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, please apply.
Dean Thimba oversees the budget, financial management of and strategic planning processes for Harvard College. She is the chief human resources officer for the College, and directs College resources around physical space improvements and technology services. She also supports the House Renewal initiative and planning for the campus expansion to Allston. Before coming to Harvard, Sheila served in similar roles at Rutgers’ School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, and at the Gallatin School for Individualized Study at New York University. She attended the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey as an international student from Kenya and earned a masters in political economy from the New School of Social Research in New York City. She is currently enrolled in the Program for Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School. Sheila is also a Ghanaian by marriage, a proud New Jerseyan, a new but civic-minded resident of North Cambridge, a soccer mom, and an avid watcher of British period dramas.
This Faculty Club dinner is part of the FDO’s Uncommon Fare program, designed to give freshmen a chance to meet outstanding members of the Harvard community, to meet one another, and to see what is truly special about the College. Made possible by a generous, anonymous grant, four additional dinners will be offered during the spring to first-year students. We certainly hope you can join us!
Want to develop or refine your public speaking skills? Be a better speaker in class? Attend this two-part freshman-only course with Expos 40 instructor Margie Zohn. This workshop is FREE but a $25 fee will be termbilled for an unexcused absence, as attendance at both sessions is required since the second session builds upon skills from the first session. Previous classes have raved about this workshop!
Professors and Pastries is an informal opportunity for first-year students to hear from esteemed Harvard faculty about the journeys that brought them to Harvard, what they do, what makes them tick, how they work with students, and advice they have for you. You'll have an opportunity to ask questions and then mingle with faculty guests over fruit and pastries.