GSAS Office of Residential Life
GSAS Office of Residential Life assists full-time graduate students in exploring their options for both on-campus and off-campus housing. Our staff oversees the administration of the GSAS Residence Halls, the Dudley Meal Plan, Summer Conference Housing, and provides resources for locating off-campus housing. The Director of Residential Life supervises the sixteen Resident Advistors who live on each floor of the GSAS Residence Halls. GSAS Office of Residential Life also serves as a resource by providing information about various topics, including our online database of off-campus housing options, moving companies, bed and breakfasts, storage facilities and maps of Cambridge. Visit us in the basement of Dudley House/Lehman Hall or call the office between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
Ashley Skipwith, Director of Residential Life
Patty Collyer, Residential Life Assistant
Dudley House B2
Bob Byrne, Facilities Manager
Perkins Hall Rm. 110
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Resident Advisor (RA) Positions in the GSAS Residence Halls
2015-2016 Academic Year
Resident Advisors (RAs) are graduate students who are employed by the GSAS Office of Student Affairs to fulfill various responsibilities in the GSAS Residence Halls. There are sixteen RAs, one of whom resides on each floor of the residence halls (Child, Richards, Conant, and Perkins).
Responsibilities of Resident Advisors
- Act as liaisons with the GSAS Offices of Residential Life and Student Services.
- Help residents, particularly new residents, adjust to their environment at Harvard and in the residence halls; available for urgent and non-emergency matters.
- Handle and report emergency situations such as illness, accidents within the premises of the residence halls, facilities problems, etc.
- Be visible to students both in the residence halls and at Dudley House.
- Inform residents of housing policies, rules and regulations; monitor compliance.
- Receive information from residents and report needed repairs and facilities problems; monitor progress.
- Participate in planning meetings in May, and, for those in the area, during the summer.
- Staff two distribution of keys shifts during move in of residents on August 21-23 and at other times as necessary.
- Aid residents who are locked out of their rooms.
- Be available to residents on Friday and/or Saturday night several nights each Term.
- Attend monthly meetings and additional ones as necessary that are organized by GSAS Residential Life. RA meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of the month from 8:00 - 9:45am; a second meeting is held occasionally. Class schedules and other commitments need to be arranged accordingly.
- Plan, organize, and hold social events every two – three weeks for the floor for which s/he is responsible.
- Participate in events organized by GSAS Residential Life and Student Services, fellow RAs, Graduate Dormitory Council, Graduate Student Council and Dudley Fellows.
- Organize and participate in activities either as an RA Liaison, e.g., with the Graduate Dormitory Council or for an RA Focus Area - e.g., LGBT Student Issues.
- Pick up information and materials at the Office of Residential Life every Friday afternoon and post or distribute them. Respond to various deadlines that occur. Perform related duties as required such as distributing information under residents' doors.
Harvard graduate degree candidates now living in a GSAS residence hall who will be registered for the 2015-16 academic year are eligible to apply. Graduate degree candidates who are not currently living in a GSAS residence hall but who have lived in one for at least one term are also eligible to apply. Applicants must be in good academic standing. Excellent interpersonal skills are required.
Please note the following information about various dates. If you anticipate being unable to attend on any of the dates below, it is best not to apply.
- Meeting of the 2015-2016 RA team: Wednesday, May 6, 3:30 - 4:30PM
- RAs must occupy their rooms as of Tuesday, August 11 and should not be away from August 11 – September 7 and May 14 – 27, 2016
- RA Training Kickoff Dinner: Wednesday, August 12
- RA Training: August 13, 14, 17, 18, 19
- Team Dinners: Sunday, August 16
- GSAS January Term: January 11 – 22, 2016. RAs are expected to remain in the residence halls for at least 5 days of the Term.
Based on the completed application, students will be selected for an interview to be held between the end of February and mid-March. Two letters of recommendation from members of the Harvard community are required; e.g., faculty member, administrator, student. Current RAs cannot be recommenders. Current RAs and Graduate Dormitory Council officers will be consulted during the application process.
Duration and Benefits:
RAs are selected for the academic year and may reapply for the following year as long as they continue to be enrolled in a graduate degree program at Harvard.
RAs in Child, Richards and Conant Hall receive a free small single room and ten meals weekly, Monday - Friday, at Dudley House, for the academic year. RAs in Perkins Hall, which houses a larger group of students per floor than the other residence halls, are given a choice of either a small or large room. RAs in Perkins Hall also receive ten meals weekly. RAs are required to have a Centrex telephone and are provided with voice mail. Charges for phone calls are the responsibility of the RA. For your information, the room fees for 2015-2016 are listed below: Child Hall and Richards Hall - small single, $6,672; Child Hall - 2 room suite, $10,480; Richards Hall (1) - 2 room suite, $9,566; Conant Hall - small single, $7,664; large single, $9,566; Perkins Hall - small single, $7,266; large single, $9,012.