Matteo N. Wong
Growing up undocumented in New York City, Avril Saavedra was jealous when friends grumbled about extended family gatherings — those grumbles seemed like a privilege. Now, during a time when many Harvard students are physically isolated, she has been able to reconnect with family members in Uruguay she hasn’t seen in years.
Harvard spent months planning a fall semester in the hopes of avoiding a repeat of the spring, when workers were exposed to the full force of the pandemic — including at least one who contracted COVID-19 after cleaning President Lawrence Bacow’s residence on March 19. Yet this fall, workers continue to face new iterations of the same anxieties over workplace safety and economic security.
“How do you immediately increase access to medical healthcare in a scalable, reliable way?” asks John Torous, the director of the digital psychiatry division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “It really does have to come down to a technology in the smartphone.” Meet the man at the forefront of the digital mental health revolution.
Research delays, funding cancellations, and the burden of remote teaching — piled on top of caretaking, financial insecurities, and social-distancing — have put Harvard's graduate students in a precarious position during the pandemic. With the University's response seeming, at times, to equivocate, thousands of students' immediate and long term futures hang in the balance.
For decades, Harvard’s relationship with China has been asymmetrical — China needed the University’s talent and resources more than the University needed China’s. But in light of the country’s economic and political ascent, the balance of that relationship has begun to shift. As the U.S. adopts racialized rhetoric toward Chinese scholars and China extends its long arm of censorship to university campuses overseas, perhaps even Harvard’s prestigious walls cannot adequately defend “Veritas.”
‘It Feels Like a Daydream’: International Students At Home Describe Surreal, Challenging Adjustments During COVID-19 Pandemic
International students faced a wide range of responses to the pandemic when they returned home this month — and continue to face unique challenges ahead.
Harvard has restricted travel to Italy and Iran amid an outbreak of coronavirus cases in the two countries, according to a Saturday email from University Provost Alan M. Garber '76 and Harvard University Health Services Director Giang T. Nguyen.
It is a trope in popular and academic writing alike to say that the absence of a precise definition of “Asian America” is what binds the identity together — that Asian Americans lack not only a literal common language, but also a common “language” in terms of a unifying ideology through which we can better understand each other.
More than 1,000 people have signed a petition demanding the safe re-entry of Reihana Emami Arandi, an Iranian citizen admitted to Harvard Divinity School in 2019 but deported from Logan International Airport in September.