Community Conversations

Program Overview

For many years, the Dean of Students Office has assigned readings to incoming first-year students and organized conversations with faculty and administrators during orientation to address important questions raised in the texts. Community Conversations is a program jointly supported by the Office of Diversity Education and Support and the First-Year Experience Office.

The goals of Community Conversations are to:

  1. Consider what’s important to you about your identity and your community as you transition from home to Harvard
  2. Examine your assumptions and learn about your peers’ diverse identities and perspectives
  3. Begin to develop a sense of shared responsibility for upholding a compassionate and respectful community

Students prepare for Community Conversations by:

  • Considering the book and video assigned:
  • Attending the conversation with a willingness to share about yourself, and learn about your peers as you join an exceptionally diverse class at Harvard