In the Community

All In the Community

  • 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.
  • An Asylum in Allston

    Somerville nonprofit Artisan’s Asylum will move to Harvard property in Allston, where it will make medical gowns used as personal protective equipment.

    Sal Mancini.
  • Exploring from home

    Harvard Ed Portal’s virtual field trips help students see the world.

    Zoom call.
  • Doing the right thing

    Jose Cerda III ’88, Koma Gandy Fischbein ’95, and Theresa Reno-Weber, M.P.P. ’08, offer the Class of 2020 advice about the value of public service.

    Reno-Weber leads a crew for Metro United Way’s Day of Action.
  • Helping to feed the community

    Harvard University Dining Services has emptied its freezers and storerooms to provide food to area nonprofit grocery programs.

    Food on counter.
  • A time of need and a desire to help

    COVID-19 spurs inspiration in student volunteers who find ways to make a difference amid the pandemic’s disruption and loss

    Delivering meals to a hospital in NYC.
  • From patient to front lines

    Meet Katie Klatt — pediatric intensive care unit nurse, M.P.H. student at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and recovered COVID-19 patient.

    Katie Klatt.
  • Harvard launches emergency grant program for Allston-Brighton

    Harvard has launched a new grant program that will provide emergency funding to nonprofit organizations responding to COVID-19-related community needs serving the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston.

    Allston Brighton street sign.
  • Explore Widener in all its glory, from your desk or phone

    Explore Harvard’s Widener Library, from its marble rotunda to the Loker Reading Room, through a new 360-degree virtual tour.

    Widener Library exterior.
  • Harvard and MIT donate $500,000 to Cambridge

    Harvard University has donated $250,000 to support a temporary emergency shelter in Cambridge.

    Harvard University
  • Mobile clinics finding their place in pandemic

    Harvard Medical School’s Family Van co-hosted a webinar to discuss what the mobile clinics have to offer during the coronavirus pandemic — and it’s a lot.

    Family Van medical clinic.
  • University community rallies to deal with COVID-19 crisis

    Harvard faculty, students, researchers, and staff are working with hospitals, first responders, state and city leaders, and many more across Greater Boston to support the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Harvard Square Hotel.
  • Getting his teeth into the community

    Harvard School of Dental Medicine student Ryan Lisann’s three-month externship at Charles River Community Health Center in Brighton left him determined to enter pediatric dentistry and education.

    Dentist with a young boy getting a filling.
  • When the trees become the teacher

    The Arnold Arboretum became a hands-on classroom for high school students learning about climate change.

    Leaf in student's folder.
  • Tishman Speyer to develop first phase of Enterprise Research Campus in Allston

    Harvard selects Tishman Speyer to develop first phase of Enterprise Research Campus in Allston.

    Conceptual rendering of portion of Enterprise Research Campus.
  • The lessons of teaching

    Harvard undergrads who mentor elementary, middle school and high school students at the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston say they learn as much as they teach.

    Fifth-grader putting fingerprints on a page with mentor.
  • Notes of gratitude, gifts of charity

    More than 200 Harvard employees wrote over 4,000 notes of appreciation to colleagues while also making donations to the local shelter.

    Woman writing thank-you note.
  • Reopen for business and pleasure

    Harvard and Boston officials celebrated the reopening of Smith Field in Allston after extensive renovations.

    Marty Walsh talks to Katie Lapp and a child on a playground
  • Innovation assignment

    Operation Impact gives students from across Harvard firsthand experience with education innovation start-ups.

    HILT members
  • A flip of the switch to mitigate climate change

    The Arnold Arboretum and the city of Boston celebrated the nearly complete Weld Hill Solar Project at today’s “switch-throwing” ceremony.

    President Larry Bacow at Arboretum
  • Hometown girl makes good by making hometown better

    Roslindale native Kate Swain Smith is the fourth student to become a fellow since the Harvard Presidential City of Boston Fellowship program debuted in 2016.

    Kate Swain Smith
  • Growing connections

    For her Service Starts with Summer project, South Carolina native Izzy Goodchild-Michelman ’23 spent six weeks working on a farm, revamping the educational Seed to Table curriculum that serves elementary and middle-school students.

  • A summer of helping

    Harvard College first-year Ezra Feder spends his summer doing public service through Artists For Humanity, a nonprofit that provides employment in art and design to lower-income teens in the city.

    Harvard first year student standing in front of student artwork on wall.
  • Summer explorers

    For the fourth year, Harvard’s Summer Explorations helped local students stay sharp over the school break while learning in free weeklong workshops at the Ed Portal in Allston.

    Luke Scanlon acts like an airplane during the American Repertory Theater workshop.