Graduate Commons Program

Graduate Commons Program

Welcome to Graduate Commons! This unique interdisciplinary program provides a “home away from home” for the Harvard graduate students, faculty, post-docs, staff, and their families living in Harvard University Housing properties.

We are committed to making your Harvard experience a truly remarkable one, both in and outside the classroom by hosting events that spark your intellectual curiosity, challenge your physical being, and make a difference to your community. Programming includes wine and coffee nights, meet the scholar events, yoga classes, game nights, networking happy hours, Boston traditions like the Boston Pops! Holiday concert and much, much more!

Announcements and Events

2017 Nov 6 - 3:29pm
Holiday Room Reservations

Common Room Reservations for November and December are now available.  Please note, the Common Rooms will not be available after December 21st for Winter Break.  Reservation forms will re-open when GCP Offices re-open in January 2018.

2017 Aug 25 - 3:50pm
Fall Semester Meet the Scholar series has been set!

The Graduate Commons Meet the Scholar Lecture Series was established in 2008 as a way for residents to experience Harvard's world-renowned Faculty in an intimate setting.  Our diverse line-up features professors from across the University and is open to all HUH residents.  You will receive notification via our Friday newsletters when the RSVP links are available.  Sign-up early to grab your seat at this year's Fall series!

  • September 26th at 29 Garden Street: Professor William Kirby (HBS/FAS), Chairman of the Harvard China Fund, the University's academic venture fund for China, and Faculty Chair of the Harvard Center Shanghai, Harvard's first University-wide center located outside the United States, will be presenting his talk on a recent publication titled, “CAN CHINA LEAD IN THE AGE OF DEGLOBIZATION?”  Hosted by Chris and Nancy Winship, Garden Area Faculty Directors.
  • November 13th at Peabdoy Terrace: Famed Harvard & MIT geneticist, Professor George M. Church, recently named one of Time Magazine's 100​ Influential people of 2017, will join us to discuss his groundbreaking work with DNA sequencing and synthesis.  Famous for his appearances on Comedy Centrals' The Colbert Report, Professor Church launched the Personal Genome Project in 2005 and is currently in the news for his proposal to reanimate the woolly mammoth!  Hosted by Jim and Doreen Hogle, Peabody Terrace Faculty Directors


2017 Aug 9 - 2:42pm
Let the Countdown Begin...

Welcome Events are up!  Graduate Commons is excited to welcome you to the 2017-18 academic year with events scheduled to begin within the next few weeks. Visit your Area's Event Calendar to learn more about our offerings and how you can get involved.  We look forward to seeing you soon! 

2017 Apr 21 - 2:01pm
GCP Presents Faculty Fellows Award

Each year, Graduate Commons recognizes Harvard Faculty Members who have contributed in a lasting way to the Graduate Commons Program and its residents. This year, GCP is delighted to recognize a couple who consistently give their time and energy to our Program and the residents they meet: Howell Jackson and Elizabeth (Betsy) Foote.  

They have joined GCP for many memorable events including: a lecture on school choice and charter schools in Massachusetts, a discussion on America’s general’s today, and our annual Head of the Charles Regatta Brunch. We love having them participate in our community and look forward to future opportunities.  Their names have been inscribed on the Graduate Commons Faculty Fellows Plaque that sits outside our Associate Directors office – "In recognition for their lasting contribution to the GCP Community".  Thank you and Congratulations!

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Howell Jackson and Betsy Foote with Faculty Directors Nancy and Chris Winship

2017 Mar 31 - 1:32pm

Graduate Commons has committed itself this semester to helping you L.E.A.D.  As we head into April, our last full month on campus, we hope you'll take these last few weeks to not only work hard, but play hard.  It's time to DO SOMETHING!

To date, we have shared opportunities to LEARN by inviting Professors from across the University to discuss President Trump's first 100 days, immigration and homeland security, as well as our upcoming talk on criminal justice in the U.S. with Ron Sullivan (HLS). 

We then found ways for you to EXPLORE all Harvard has to offer, including a talk by Mayor Walsh and upcoming events on gender in sports at Radcliffe and gun violence at HLS.  The International Office, HLS Law Clinics, and Counseling Office remain available to any one seeking more information or ASSISTance during these times.  

Now, we turn our attention to DOing.  Tag us this month as you #gcpdosomething in service of yourself, your community, or just when checking something off your Harvard bucket list. Check out our EVENT CALENDARS on the left to learn more!

2017 Jan 31 - 6:18pm
Community and Resident Advisor Application Season is underway

Are you interested in joining a dynamic staff and contributing to your community? Join our 2017-18 Graduate Commons Program team!

GCP's goal is to bring Harvard affiliates together, across disciplines and cultures, to create the most meaningful Harvard experience for all residents within Harvard Housing.  With a dedicated staff of Community Advisors, we have welcomed 200+ programs to support our diverse community.  GCP will be accepting applications (due 2/25) for the following positions:

  • Community Advisor
  • Resident Advisor (Cronkhite only - due 2/22)
  • Sustainable Community Leader 
  • Family Programmer Community Advisor 

Information Sessions will be held in all GCP Areas during the week of February 5th.  Check our event calendars for more information, reach out to your Program Manager, or email with questions.  

2016 Dec 5 - 3:17pm
December updates

In the spirit of the season, GCP is co-sponsoring a TOYS FOR TOTS drive through Monday, December 12th.  Please bring a new and unwrapped toy to your local Property Management office to help support our efforts.  Children's books are also welcome!

Common Room Reservations will not be accepted during Winter Break, as University offices are closed for the holidays. The Graduate Commons Program Offices will be closed for Winter Break beginning on Friday, December 23rd and will re-open on Tuesday, January 3rd.  Please note individual Program Managers schedules may vary due to personal vacation time.  Please feel free to use should you require an immediate response. 

2016 Aug 10 - 11:07am
GCP Prepares for Year Nine

The Graduate Commons team is busy preparing for kick-off events celebrating their 9th year of programming within Harvard Housing and the addition of the Trilogy, One Western Avenue and Soldiers Field Park properties.  Check the event calendars for more information on WELCOME WEEKEND, scheduled for August 26-28th! Take a look at our YEAR IN REVIEW video to see what GCP is all about!

2016 May 18 - 1:11pm
GCP Celebrates Inaugural Faculty Directors

After eight years of service and mentorship, the Faculty Directors of the Riverside Graduate Commons programs at Akron and Cowperthwaite facilities will be transitioning out of their leadership roles at the end of the semester.


Professors Davíd Carrasco and María Luisa Parra (10 Akron Street) along with Professor Jennifer Lerner and Dr. Brian Gill (5 Cowperthwaite Street) will bid farewell to GCP at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 academic year. The two couples have been instrumental in the development and growth of Graduate Commons from a 2-building pilot program introduced in 2008, to its current reach across 3,000 Harvard University Housing units. Having interacted with countless graduate students and their families over the years, the Faculty Directors depart with many friendships and fond memories of their time with GCP. Celebrations to honor the four took place at the beginning of May.

Learn about the incoming Faculty Directors.

2016 Feb 1 - 3:54pm
Interested in building community where you live? Join our staff for the 2016-2017 academic year!

Community Advisors are Graduate Commons residents who want to make their community a vibrant and engaging place to live. GCP Advisors plan a number of events throughout the academic year- everything from rock climbing, to wine tastings, to networking workshops, and much more! Staff selection and recruitment will begin in February for Peabody Terrace, Riverside, and Garden. We're also looking for Sustainable CA (NEW this year) and Family Programmer to support our littlest residents.  Applicants must be a current resident of Graduate Commons Properties and in good standing with Harvard Housing to apply. For more information email or attend one of our scheduled info sessions.


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