As administrators polish their remaining Harvard-wide fundraising priorities in a record-breaking $6.5 billion capital campaign, they have turned to Dunster House as a platform and venue for pitching the House renewal project, a priority that still needs fulfilling.
<p> Newly-renovated with a sparkling exterior and many cozy common rooms and conference rooms, Dunster is undeniably a great place to live. While it may be a little far from the Yard, the strong House community and the many perks of living in the brand new House that is beautiful both inside and out are more than adequate compensation. </p>
2015 was a tumultuous year for Harvard. Final clubs faced immense administrative pressure to go co-ed, faculty saw a proposal to overhaul the College’s General Education program, and perhaps most consequential of all, a University-wide survey revealed what administrators called a “troubling” climate of sexual assault on campus. Amidst a fast-paced capital campaign and Title IX scrutiny, Harvard’s top administrators were called to respond to perceived racial injustice on campus and a graduate student unionization movement. Divest Harvard protesters even blockaded University President Drew G. Faust's office for a week. At the close of a particularly turbulent year, the Crimson looks back on the ten stories that most shaped Harvard in 2015.
Results of a recent Crimson survey indicate that most students are generally satisfied with House resources, although they may not be involved with their residences day-to-day.
Daniel Banks ’17 colors an intricately designed elephant at the Relaxation Study Break hosted by the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Community as part of Mental Health Awareness Week in Dunster House. With elephant and Pokemon coloring sheets, family board games, healthy snacks from CVS, and Christmas music, attendees were encouraged to relax and destress from midterms.
The changes come after students and tutors spoke out last year about Dunster’s lack of residential tutors who identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, or queer, prompting top College administrators to look into their concerns.
The former Dunster resident tutor was widely regarded as an ally to BGLTQ students in the House but was not asked back to the position last spring.