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The Harvard Kennedy School experience is vibrant and, for many, life-changing. The rigors of graduate school, however, may be challenging for students, and prevent them from being at their best inside and outside of the classroom.
Students have a strong support network available to them at HKS to discuss academic or personal issues. In addition to their degree program directors or the Student Services team, students can also turn to the Senior Associate Dean and the Associate Dean of Degree Programs and Student Affairs for support and advice as well as consult the resources listed on this page.
As members of the Harvard community, HKS students can receive comprehensive, preventive, and urgent care at four HUHS locations.
In addition to adult and pediatric primary care, HUHS also provides students with mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and nutrition counseling. Students can take yoga and meditation classes and receive holistic services, including acupuncture, massage, and reiki through the Center for Wellness.
In between hitting the books, many HKS students hit the gym at some 10 facilities throughout Harvard. They can join club and intramural sports teams, enroll in group exercise classes or fitness programs, or learn how to golf, row, sail, swim, or play squash or tennis. Learn all about Harvard athletics and fitness.
Harvard Kennedy School is a community that welcomes and values the diversity of students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds and life experiences.
The Office for Student Diversity and Inclusion supports activities to help increase and celebrate diversity at HKS related — but not limited — to race, gender, religion, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, and economic status. The OSDI serves as a resource for students to receive support, advocacy and advice, to help promote the development, well-being, and success of every HKS student. Read Harvard Kennedy School’s Diversity Statement and learn why students chose to come to HKS to get the training they need to help make a difference in the world.
Sexual and gender-based harassment is discriminatory, unlawful, denies respect for the rights and dignity of others, and is clearly inconsistent with the nature of an academic community. Harvard University seeks to maintain a learning environment free from sexual harassment, and is committed to creating a community free from discrimination.
Harvard Kennedy School helps anyone who has experienced sexual harassment, including sexual violence, to access the range of resources available at Harvard and elsewhere. Learn more about the school’s Title IX policies and procedures and other important resources. Harvard University’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR) is another safe place where students who have experienced or witnessed sexual assault can go for 24-hour non-urgent care, information, or support.