In the Community

All In the Community

  • Harvard’s Crimson Summer Academy marks a 20-year milestone

    More than 200 current students, alumni, and staff celebrated the 20th anniversary of Harvard’s Crimson Summer Academy.

    Crimson Summer Academy students.
  • A mending library

    Once a semester, Cambridge-area residents visit Cabot Science Library along with Harvard students and staff for a “Fix-it Clinic.”

    Stuart Cody
  • Serving up science on Pi Day

    Students from four Boston Public Schools spent March 14 at the Science and Engineering Complex doing hands-on engineering projects and interacting with undergraduate and graduate students studying STEM at Harvard.

    Students making robotic gripper.
  • Injecting sense of urgency on Pakistan relief

    Harvard students mobilize to provide relief in Pakistan.

    Students who raised money for Pakistan.
  • ‘Boots on the ground’ between City Hall and Mass and Cass

    Emily Romero Gonzalez ’21 talks about what she gained as a Presidential City of Boston Fellow — and the personal experiences she brought to her yearlong fellowship.

  • Learning can be fun. Just ask these ‘Explorers.’

    Harvard Ed Portal program offers skill-building activities for Allston-Brighton students in grades 2-8.

    Maxwell Luo (clockwise from left), Raymond Wang, Michelle Luo, and Alan Wang examine skeleton samples in the classroom.
  • Powerful summers in St. Louis

    Students with the Commonwealth Project collaborate on community-led justice, cultural initiatives, and research in a region with longstanding economic and racial woes.

  • Wrapping it up

    Harvard Ed Portal’s fifth annual Allston-Brighton Winter Market is back as a virtual market again this year with the online shops of 41 local artisans offering unique gifts.

    Tim Rice, Oyinda Oyelaran, Zangar Freeman, and Reece and Remi Antunes, Winter Market artists, show their work..
  • United in service

    The second annual Global Day of Service on Aug. 30 brought together nearly 1,400 Harvard students and alumni who worked with 71 service opportunities.

    Team leader Kody Christiansen '23.
  •  A summer of service for first-years

    Eight first-year Harvard students talk about their work with the SPARK program and the unique challenges created by the pandemic.

    Daniel Villani.
  • First-time teachers thrown into the COVID deep end

    During the pandemic, the Harvard Teacher Fellows program quickly shifted its training from in-person to online teaching.

    Maria Perez Franco, Tatiana Patino, and Amanda Flores.
  • Giving back to the Greater Boston community

    Students from Schools, centers, and programs across Harvard University volunteer their time, effort, and expertise to advance work being done by local government and community organizations across Greater Boston.

    Boston skyline.
  • RISE sets its sights on helping some of Cambridge’s neediest

    Harvard and local philanthropic partners are helping fund the city of Cambridge’s new guaranteed-income pilot initiative to support community in need.

    Harvard Square.
  • Developer reveals plans for first phase of Allston project

    Plans are underway for the initial phase of development of the Enterprise Research Campus, set to be located adjacent to the new Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and across the street from Harvard Business School.

    Enterprise Research Campus
  • How creative communities thrive in Allston-Brighton

    Harvard Ed Portal’s Winter Market helps artists in its Allston-Brighton neighborhood grow and thrive through pandemic’s ever-changing landscape.

    Adria Katz Ed Portal Winter Market Artistan,
  • ‘In mens sana, in corpore sano’ — even in fourth grade

    College students helped read Lindsey Metcalf’s “No Voice Too Small” and talked about the importance of staying active, even when school is at home.

    Lindsay Poulos ’23
  • How does your garden grow?

    Harvard Arboretum administration and staff discuss how they achieved record visitor numbers and what’s staying post-pandemic.

    AJ Tataronis works in a tree.
  • For Artisan’s Asylum, moving day is coming

    Artisan’s Asylum will move into Harvard-owned properties in Allston-Brighton this year.

    Artist rendering of Artisan's Asylum.
  • School of Dental Medicine expands patient care, services

    The Harvard School of Dental Medicine announced today that it will reopen the former Harvard University Health Services dental clinic with expanded services in February 2021.

    Harvard School of Dental Medicine sign.
  • Baby, it’s cold outside

    The Harvard Ed Portal partners with Action for Boston Community Development to collect winter coats for the community.

    Mittens holding mug.
  • Easing children’s COVID-19 anxieties

    Recent Harvard grads created an educational website featuring a South Asian protagonist for children to assuage worries and answer questions.

    Scene from "Quarantine with Kavya" cartoon shows coronavirus news update on TV in home.
  • 121 organizations, 390 volunteers, and 1,700 stamps

    How the Harvard Votes Challenge initiative helped tens of thousands of voters participate in the 2020 election.

    Amen Gashaw ’24.
  • Running, walking, cycling, and rolling together

    In a one-of-a-kind, University-wide virtual 5K called Harvard Moves, participants will “run, jog, walk, cycle, or roll” to promote wellness, build community, and raise funds for student financial aid.

    Group of runners.
  • A science club for girls

    With Science Club for Girls, Harvard students and alumnae inspire young female scientists.

    Students with mentors.
  • When it comes to online learning, safety first

    The Harvard Ed Portal and Harvard University IT partnered on a free Zoom event meant to address teachers’ and parents’ concerns about how much time in front of a computer is too much, how can people stay engaged while social distancing, and whether we should worry about children’s safety on the internet.

    Child looking at computer.
  • Inspired to action, eager to serve

    The global Harvard community participated in the University’s first Global Day of Service.

    Zoom shot.
  • Come on and Zoom, Zoom, Zoom a-Zoom

    With COVID-19 keeping children out of theater camp, Creative Drama — Space Explorers, a free, weeklong summer camp put on by the American Repertory Theater and Harvard Ed Portal brought theater camp to them.

    Ellie Curtiss
  • Creating community in the virtual classroom

    As students prepare for an academic year that will be entirely virtual, many Harvard faculty members have redesigned their courses.

    Illustration of students connecting virtually to larger network.
  • At the Harvard Ed Portal’s Mural Club, ingenuity first

    Instead of painting a mural together, this year students in the Harvard Ed Portal’s Mural Club produced individual works of art with virtual guidance from their instructors, local artist Chanel Thervil and Harvard undergraduate Gabi Maduro Salvarrey.

    Mural by Chanel Thervil.
  • From hands-on to virtual

    A group of local high school students worked on original astrophysics research projects through the Harvard-MIT Science Research Mentoring Program.

    Students at the CfA.