Vision and Mission

Harvard-Yale Game



With students at the center of our work, the Dean of Students Office will set the standard for a four year, outcomes-based campus and residential life experience which will enable Harvard College students to thrive intellectually, socially, and personally. We create the conditions where students can be inspired and will find a sense of belonging.


In partnership with students and colleagues, the Dean of Students Office (DSO) cultivates engagement, belonging, and respect; fosters an integrated living and learning community; and inspires self-discovery among Harvard College students.


DSO staff are guided by the following core values in our work with students, faculty, and staff:

  • Inclusion: We affirm the value of individuals and our voices, our communities and our interdependence.
  • Collaboration: We find power in partnerships and in the sharing of ideas and resources.
  • Integrity: We remain accountable to ourselves and to our community.
  • Excellence: We operate at the edges of our learning in pursuit of personal and professional development.