Student Engagement

Message from Dean Miller

Dear Harvard College Student Leaders,

I would like to warmly welcome you all back to campus for the onset of another sensational semester here at the College. It is my hope that all of you had productive and reflective summers that have prepared you for this coming semester’s endeavors.

As the year gets underway, our office will continue to promote and support the proliferation of engaging and inclusive spaces that will bring together this campus community. Additionally, the lines of communication to our office will remain open, as they have, through our newsletter, which will continue to serve as a primary source for all things pertaining to student organizations. Most notably, our office will be taking a new stance this year, in light of past events and realizations. We will be proclaiming this new academic year to be the “Year of Prokopí" (Progress).

Inspired by this Greek word meaning “diligence and progress”, this year’s goal will be to seek intentional and collaborative ways of addressing the Harvard College experience. The success of this strategy will lie in our ability to effectively engage and support our students’ collective progress through consistent and diligent efforts. As we embark on this journey together, we encourage our student leaders to take time, take risks, and take the lead.

“The more you do, the more you fail. The more you fail, the more you learn. The more you learn, the better you get.”

- John Maxwell

Kind Regards,
Alex Miller, Associate Dean for Student Engagement

Student Engagement

The Student Engagement Team in the Dean of Students Office supports involvement outside the classroom. We offer support for student leaders in the creation of vibrant and inclusive activities that build community at Harvard College.  From student-led initiatives in the numerous student organizations on campus to various campus-wide events and traditions, we are here to enhance the student experience.


Involvement can take the shape of co-curricular or extra-curricular pursuits through which students have opportunities to develop new ideas, discover hidden talents, cultivate interpersonal skills, and work to accomplish collectively what could not be done individually.

Life-long learning, leadership development, personal growth, and even future careers are informed by pursuits, which include journalism, literature, music and the arts, public service, politics, religious life, business, and innumerable other realms.

Let us know how we can help with initiatives that contribute to the social and intellectual life of the College. 

Get involved 

There are over 400 student organizations at the College. Prospective students can search the list here. Current students can find organizations in theHub

Resources for student leaders

From event planning and travel to fundraising and finances, DSO provides the logistical support to get ideas off the ground. 

Leading in the Harvard community

The Harvard College Handbook for Students includes policies regarding undergraduate student organizations, including the types of organizations and the responsibilities and benefits of being a recognized organization on campus.