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In Response to the Attack on the U.S. Capitol

A Message from the Dean

Dear Members of the HGSE Community,

While I had hoped my first message to you in 2021 would focus on the many wonderful things in store at HGSE for this year, recent developments in Washington, D.C. have prompted me to reach out now. For many of us, the actions and images at the U.S. Capitol are extremely distressing. We are reminded that we still live in a time of great uncertainty and strife, and along with political turmoil, we continue to contend with a raging pandemic, persistent racial injustice, and urgent concerns about the welfare of students and their families.

During this time of year, many of you may feel less connected as a community if you are not currently engaged in a course, though I know that today’s events have also impacted many enrolled in J-term. I write to emphasize that HGSE is here for you. Regardless of the reason, if you are feeling isolated and in need of additional support, there are a number of resources available.

For students, I encourage you to reach out to your faculty or HGSE advisor. The HGSE Office of Student Affairs ( also stands ready to provide support.

Other sources of support include:

University Health Services ( or 617-495-5711)
Harvard Counseling and Mental Health Services ( or 617-495-5711)
For staff, I encourage you to reach out to your direct manager if you need help or Kelly Deliberato in Human Resources. You can also access the Employee Assistance Program ( or 877-327-427).

And my faculty colleagues should feel free to reach out to Matt Miller or Nonie Lesaux. Matt and Brendan Russell are also available to help with adjustments and supports for J-term courses and as you engage in your final planning for spring semester teaching.

All members of the community can also seek out support from the Harvard Chaplains ( or 617-495-5529).

In the midst of this constantly evolving situation, I hope you will reach out if you are struggling and join with others as we determine a positive way forward. I look forward to working together to build a better future.


Bridget Long, Ph.D.
Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Saris Professor of Education and Economics

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