Residential Living

Since 2003, the Harvard Foundation has led the College’s coordination and management of support and training for race relations tutors and proctors in the Harvard College residential system. Since then, Harvard houses have developed their own specialty tutor programs with roles as Diversity Tutors, First-Generation Student Tutors, and other variations. The purpose of the Harvard Foundation-House Race Relations Advisory Program is to promote positive and enriching relations among the different ethno-cultural and religious groups within Harvard College and to train and support specialty tutors who will serve in the interest of improving and maintaining good relations among students in the Harvard Community. The Harvard Foundation also provides consultations for resident deans, tutors, proctors, and other house staff in how to foster inclusion and equity in Harvard student residences.

Specifically, the primary roles of race relations tutos and proctors are to:

  1. Promote House/Yard based programming/discussions (both social and informative) in the area of intercultural and race relations, in an effort to increase student awareness and understanding across differences.

  2. Serve as a point of first contact for students who have concerns about racial, ethnic, and/or religious discrimination. It is important to note that race relations advisors are not expected to be solely responsible for addressing or responding to any racial conflict or crisis among residents. They are encouraged to report any race/religious discrimination or conflict to their faculty deans, resident deans, and/or the Harvard College Dean of Students Office using this bias reporting form.

The Harvard Foundation provides support to the race relations tutors for their programs, projects, and initiatives. Race Relations tutors are expected to prepare for their role of providing support for students in the areas of race relations and conflict resolution by attending Harvard Foundation orientation programs, monthly discussion sessions, and other initiatives by the Harvard Foundation or Harvard University Office for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging