Dear International Students,
On behalf of the Woodbridge International Society, I’d like to extend a huge congratulations to you on your acceptance to Harvard! You’ve probably heard this countless times already, but what you have achieved is no small feat. Out of thousands of qualified applicants, you stood out and have earned your place here. You are now part of the diverse, talented, and incredible group of international students in the Harvard community. We are so proud of you, and so excited to meet you!
My name is Esme and I grew up in England. I’ll be your Director of International First-Year Affairs (DIFA) this year, and will be working with a team of 44 amazing students (FIP leaders) to make the First-Year International Program (FIP) the first of the many incredible experiences you will have here at Harvard. FIP, as I’m sure you know by now, is a 4-day pre-orientation program that will run from Friday, August 18th to Monday, August 21st and introduce you to the fantastic international community which you’ll be a part of. All the while, we’ll help support you as you adjust to American college life and answer any questions you have. We are also introducing for the first time a peer advising network that will extend throughout your first year.
Even at this stage, if you have any preliminary questions about life at Harvard or in the US, please feel free to reach out. I remember how daunting the ‘big move’ to America can seem but we’re here to help everything go as smoothly as possible. We also have incredible support from Dwight Fee, from the Freshman Dean’s Office, and Tana Ruegamer, from the Harvard International Office. All of our contact details are at the bottom of this page.
Remember to join the Harvard FIP 2017 Facebook group to meet your future FIP leaders and get to know other FIPpers before the program starts! Also, please like the Harvard International Office Facebook page!
We are all so excited to meet you in August and welcome you to an incredible community here at Harvard. We hope you’re enjoying a wonderful break and look forward to seeing you soon!
Director of International First-Year Affairs
Woodbridge International Society
HEAD PRECEPTOR, HARVARD COLLEGE WRITING PROGRAM
DWIGHT GREW UP IN ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA AND RECEIVED HIS PH.D. IN SOCIOLOGY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SANTA BARBARA. HIS SCHOLARLY INTERESTS INCLUDE SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, IDENTITIES AND INEQUALITIES, THE SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER, AND QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS. AFTER TEACHING SOCIOLOGY AT VASSAR AND MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE, DWIGHT JOINED THE HARVARD COLLEGE WRITING PROGRAM IN 2012 AND SINCE THEN HAS ENJOYED TEACHING AND WORKING WITH COLLEAGUES ON CURRICULAR AND PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATIONS WITHIN THE WRITING PROGRAM. HE IS ALSO A FACULTY AFFILIATE IN STUDIES OF WOMEN, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY. DWIGHT’S EXPOS 20 COURSE, “SOCIAL WORLDS OF FRIENDSHIP AT HARVARD,” ADDRESSES ISSUES OF FRIENDSHIP, COMMUNITY-BUILDING, AND SOCIAL NETWORKS ON THE UNDERGRADUATE CAMPUS. IN COLLABORATION WITH THE BOK CENTER FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING, THE COURSE HAS CREATED AN ONGOING STUDENT-FOCUSED VIDEO AND ORAL HISTORY PROJECT AIMED AT EXPANDING THE DIALOGUE ABOUT FRIENDSHIP, DIFFERENCE, AND INCLUSION AT HARVARD. DWIGHT IS VERY HAPPY AT HOME IN MEDFORD WITH HIS SPOUSE MARITZA AND THEIR TWO CATS, ZORA AND BRUNO, BUT HE ALSO SPENDS A LOT OF TIME THINKING ABOUT HIS NEXT TRIP TO PUERTO RICO.