GCP: Not Just For Graduate Students!

Don’t let our name fool you; the Graduate Commons Program isn’t just for Harvard graduate students! We want to welcome all Harvard affiliates & partners/spouses/families living in our properties & encourage you all to attend GCP events throughout the year. To better meet the needs of our diverse community, we’ve successfully implemented Family and Post-Graduate Programming.

For the 2014-15 academic year, we are pleased to announce that we have two amazing Family Programming Community Advisors and one terrific Post-Graduate Programming Community Advisor on the GCP team.

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For the youngest GCP residents we will be planning a number of fun, social, and educational events throughout the academic year. From regular story times, to arts and craft events, and holiday celebrations there will be something for all GCP families to enjoy!


julieJulie Hodges will be the Family Programming Community Advisor for the newly added Garden Area. She has lived at Peabody Terrace for the past few years with her husband, Joshua, a post-doc in neurobiology, and their two sons. Julie was our first Family Programmer at Peabody Terrace, and is very excited to bring her passion and skills to the Garden community, as she moves to Botanic Gardens this summer.bernice


Bernice Dy is the new Family Programming Community Advisor for 2014-2015 at Peabody Terrace and the Riverside Area. She resides at said property with her husband, who is completing a Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Bernice served as Vice Principal and Faculty at an international kindergarten for several years before moving to Cambridge. Bernice is excited about bringing her experiences of and skills in working with families to the Peabody Terrace community.


Last year we implemented a new initiative to engage our Post-Graduate community. At GCP we know that the demands of post-docs, fellows, faculty members, & staff are very different than that of our graduate student community. Brittany Charlton, our Post-Graduate Community Advisor, will be planning specific events for this group of residents. We hope that you’ll join us for professional networking opportunities, regular brunches, and more!

BrittanyBrittany Charlton is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. She earned a Doctor of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and her research interests include contraceptives, HPV/cervical cancer, and LGBT health disparities. Although she hails from California and, more recently New York, she has lived in the Graduate Commons Program for four years.

We are thrilled to have these talented women joining the GCP team, and hope that you’ll take advantage of the wonderful programming they will be planning for our family and post-graduate communities!