In the Community

All In the Community

  • Harvard recommits $20M to create local affordable housing

    Greater Boston is facing a housing crisis that is hitting lower-income and working-class residents particularly hard. To combat the crisis, Harvard University is recommitting $20 million toward local affordable housing.

  • The simple joy of pets

    Phillips Brooks House program brings dogs to a local rehab center to interact with residents.

    Man holding small dog
  • From lecture to comedy sketch

    Students see professors stand up in front of a class every day, but they don’t often see them do stand-up onstage. The Harvard College Stand Up Comic Society has changed that with the Harvard faculty comedy showcase.

    Jonathan Walton delivers a comedy routine for charity.
  • Investing in Allston

    Harvard President Larry Bacow helped honor 16 local nonprofits at the 11th annual Harvard Allston Partnership Fund ceremony at the Ed Portal in Allston.

    Five people posing for a photo; man in the middle holds an award certificate.
  • A worm named Peanut

    Kindergarten through fifth grade Boston Public School students become “Young Scientists” for a day through the Arnold Arboretum’s Field Study Experiences program.

    children lying on the grass
  • Bridge to a new life

    Success stories from Harvard’s Bridge Program, which pairs student tutors with immigrant employees to ease the transition to a new culture, are celebrated.

    Luz Orozco receives a standing ovation after speaking at the Bridge Program annual dinner.
  • Demystifying the workplace

    Harvard welcomes Boston Public School students to speak to staff about their goals and gain perspective about college and career.

    Boston Latin Academy sophomore Nini Nguyen participates in the job shadow day at Harvard.
  • Rocking the House(s)

    Harvard Housing Day, when first-year students learn what House they’ll be living in beginning sophomore year, is a big celebration

  • To do good in the world

    On Feb. 2, the Phillips Brooks House Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship will host the eighth annual Public Interested Conference, a daylong program that brings students and alumni together.

    Travis Lovett
  • Rallying for one of their own

    On Tuesday during a fundraiser at El Jefe’s Taqueria, members of the Harvard community came out to support Ben Abercrombie ’21, a first-year safety who was seriously injured last year during his first football game for the Crimson.

    People in line in front of a Mexican restaurant
  • Harvard forms subsidiary to advance Enterprise Research Campus

    Harvard has announced the formation of a new subsidiary, headed by HBS Dean Nitin Nohria and former Massport CEO Thomas Glynn, to begin development of its Enterprise Research Campus in Allston.

    Tom Glynn and Dean Nitin Nohria.
  • Much to be thankful for

    Giving Thanks Open House allows Harvard community to share its message among colleagues and support the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter.

    Maggie Kiley
  • Presidential Public Service Fellowship has broad reach

    In its eighth year, Harvard’s Presidential Public Service Fellowship offered both undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to give back to communities, agencies, and nonprofits.

    President Bacow, Harmann Singh (center), Sarah Bourland.
  • ‘We did all we could, but we could have done more’

    Accepting the Robert Coles “Call of Service” award at Harvard, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz reflected on the aftermath of deeply damaging Hurricane Maria.

    San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz.
  • ‘Pathway to public service’

    Lexi Smith ’18, who is the latest Harvard Presidential City of Boston Fellow, wants to serve at the city level because that’s where she sees the tangible action for environmental change.

  • Undergrads fill the gap

    Six Harvard College students taught English as a second language to new residents of Boston as part of the inaugural Phillips Brooks House Association Adult ESOL program.

    Adults being taught English.
  • Harvard program gets high marks

    In a recent survey of parents who have completed the Harvard Mind Matters program offered in Cambridge and Boston schools, more than 98 percent were pleased with the materials and outcome.

  • A season for exploration

    At the third annual Summer Explorations series at the Harvard Ed Portal, local students of all ages experienced programs that enriched learning, stimulated curiosity, and explored everything from storytelling to ceramics to bike riding.

  • STAGE struck

    Phillips Brooks House Association’s STAGE worked with Cambridge and Boston youth on the fundamentals of theater, exploring plot, characterization, improvisation, and more.

  • A whole-family approach

    A Q&A with Fletcher Maynard Academy principal Robin Harris on the impact of Harvard’s “Mind Matters” program at the Cambridge school.

  • Harvard Allston Partnership Fund marks decade

    The Harvard Allston Partnership Fund has provided more than $1 million in grants since its inception 10 years ago. The 10th anniversary was marked by a celebration at Allston’s Raymond V. Mellone Park when $100,000 in grants were recently announced.

    Ana Isabel Cardona and Drew Faust
  • The Sox beyond Fenway

    As the Boston Red Sox look to build on their strong start this season, the team’s work off the field, including its efforts to support inner city children and to confront racism, took center stage at a panel discussion at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

  • Space to learn

    Harvard postdoc Or Graur finds success in the launch of Science Research Mentoring Program, which provides 10 local high school students a year of space research, working with a “real-life” scientist.

  • Bringing a dying language back to life

    Harvard instructor Sunn m’Cheaux worked with 30 Vassal Lane Upper School seventh-graders, teaching them the origin of the Gullah language as part of Harvard’s Project Teach program.

  • Harvard’s hand across the bridge to citizenship

    At the annual Citizenship Celebration Dinner, Harvard welcomed its newest Americans.

    Rosa Cernaque
  • Students provide tax help

    Harvard Law School students are volunteering their time to provide tax help to the community at the Cambridge Public Library.

  • Helping Native Americans help themselves

    Students who take “Native Americans in the 21st Century” leave the classroom to visit communities in Indian country to help them build healthier communities and reduce disparities in education, health, and economics.

  • Harvard evolves and grows, but maintains core mission

    Your Harvard series takes President Drew Faust to San Francisco.

    Your Harvard event
  • Classroom theory, community action

    Urban Health and Community Change,” a social studies course that debuted last semester, took students out of the classroom and into the Somerville community to roll up their sleeves and take practical action to help the less advantaged.

  • Harvard rolls out program to protect pedestrians and cyclists

    To protect pedestrians and cyclists, Harvard will soon require side guards be installed on large trucks that are on campus.

    Side guards on Harvard truck