Category: Community Advisor

NEW GCP Passport

UntitledBoston snow got you down? We have just the thing for you.

Now introducing the Graduate Commons Program PASSPORT.

10 Akron & 5 Cowperthwaite Residents:

This spring, enjoy a series of free programs and collect “Stamps” for each one you attend. These events outings including Ice Skating and the last home Harvard Basketball game and innings including a Wine and Paint night. Some events will be in high demand, so be sure to RSVP soon! Other events will be free and open to all.

Be sure to bring your PASSPORT to the event and find a Community Advisor to give you a “Stamp”. At the end of the year, residents with the most stamps will be given a surprise gift!

Check your email for program opportunities and to get your very own PASSPORT. Here’s a list of the next events on the schedule:

       February 12 – Cookie Night with Dr. Lerner & Dr. Gill at Cowperthwaite (8pm)

·         February 13 – Wine Night with Dr. Carrasco & Dr. Parra at Akron (8pm)

·         February 16 – Ice Skating at the Frog Pond in Boston (11am)

o   RSVP Link:

·         March 1 – Harvard Basketball (7pm)

o   RSVP Link:

If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions please feel free to contact Akron-Cowperthwaite Community Advisor Corey Peak (


Annual Peabody Terrace Ski Trip

On Jan 26, 2013, a group of Peabody Terrace residents set out early for a day on the slopes. We began at 7 and ended at 7. But a lot happened in those 12 unforgettable hours. First up, T ride to Porter Square, and then a shuttle to Wachusetts


The shuttle was scenic, and the Wachusetts bus was waiting to take us to the resort. The ski logistics were new to several first-time skiers. Getting in line to get your lift ticket, and then to pick up your ski gear and “manage” to put it on…ImageImageImageImage

Once the gear was on, we were ready to go. But first we decided to pose for some pics…


The next challenge, and thrill, was getting to…and then up on the lifts. And boy it was cold at the top…ImageImage

Then we just had to our own ways and in our own styles…


Yeah, sometimes backward too. But, at the end of the day, we had so much fun…


…and we gave it our all, to say the least…;)


Become A GCP Community Advisor

Join the Graduate Commons Team: We will begin recruiting for NEW Community Advisors to join the 2014-15 team next month.
Who are the GCP Community Advisors?
Our Community Advisors are current Graduate Commons residents (just like you!) who want to make our community a vibrant and engaging place to live.  Our current team is comprised of graduate students, post-docs, & spouses from a variety of backgrounds.  GCP Community Advisors plan a number of events throughout the academic year–everything from rock climbing, to tea tasting, to networking workshops, and much more.  While event planning is a large part of the Community Advisor role, we see these individuals as overall leaders in our Graduate Commons communities.
If you are interested in learning more about these positions, we hope you’ll join us for one of our informational nights.  You’ll not only hear more about these leadership positions, but also from current staff members about their experiences.
Community Advisor Information Nights:
-Tuesday, Feb. 4th @ 7pm in Peabody Terrace Common Room
-Wednesday, Feb. 5th @ 7pm in 10 Akron West Common Room
-Thursday, Feb. 6th @ 7pm in Cronkite Center Basement
Why become a Community Advisor?
-Work closely and develop strong relationships with Harvard faculty and staff.
-Improve your networking, time management, and event planning skills.
-Meet your neighbors–Harvard affiliates from a variety of academic programs & diverse backgrounds.
-Learn more about the Harvard and Boston area.
-Rental discount on your Harvard Housing apartment.
-Have Fun!
Have additional questions about the Graduate Commons Community Advisor Position?  Email:

October Recap

October was a whirlwind of fun & festivities at Graduate Commons!  On top of our traditional events with our fabulous Faculty Director team, we had a variety of new offerings.

We were fortunate to have two amazing “Meet the Scholar” speakers in October.  In 10 Akron, Ms. Judith Sherman shared her experiences as a child of the holocausts.  Not only did she share her personal experience as a young girl in the Ravensbruck concentration camp, but her transitional experience with other children afterwards. 


Annette Gordon-Reed, the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, Professor of History in the History Department, and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, spend an evening in Peabody Terrace.  Dr. Gordon-Reed discussed her latest book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2008), which won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in history and the National Book Award for nonfiction.  


As always, we celebrated fall in Cambridge with the 49th annual Head of the Charles Regatta.  GCP traditionally holds a brunch and viewing of the race, but this year we added something extra—FREE yoga lessons, chair massages, & indoor rowing! 


We had a fabulous turn out for brunch & hope that you all enjoyed watching the race from our awesome view at 10 Akron Street. 



Residents took center stage in Akron/Cowperthwaite, planning and running their own events in collaboration with GCP.  Residents learned how to bake and braid challah bread with Leah, and an introduction to the art of baking with Juliette.  Finally, residents learned the basics of flamenco with the help of Sarah and the HUGSE Movers & Shakers.  A big thank you to our residents who led these wonderful events!


In collaboration with Kevin Baum, Assistant Director for Student Activities @ the Harvard Graduate School of Education, we planned the 3rd Annual Graduate Student Trivia Tournament at the Queens Head Pub.  Graduate Students from across campus battled it out to prove once and for all (or at least until next year)—who is the brainiest of them all?!


Your Community Advisor team put on some wonderful events this month.  Residents in Peabody Terrace enjoyed a beautiful fall hike in the Middlesex Fells, a classy cocktail making class, and demonstrated their skills in a photo competition.

 In Akron/Cowperthwaite residents tasted Wines of the World and Black Teas, toured the Arnold Arboretum and carved pumpkins. 


For that mid-term crunch, all-day writing workshops & Latex demonstrations took center stage.  Others brushed up on networking skills, by improving their “elevator” speech.  We hope you enjoyed these events (and more) during October!


Cronkhite was also extremely busy during October—hosting regular Monday Night Football parties & a Friends marathon/trivia night.  Residents learned how to cook with RA Dante, and ventured to the Harpoon Brewery with RA Laura.  Halloween was celebrated with costumes and dancing, and Day of the Dead was enjoyed with Dr. Parra while creating a traditional alter. 

We can’t forget the SPOOKY or SERENE trip to Salem!  Residents could take a spooky tour of the Salem Witch museum or a serene afternoon at the Peabody Essex Museum.


Our Post-Graduate community sipped mimosas at their monthly brunch & ventured the high seas on a Harbor Islands tour.  October was the start of a weekly story hour for the littlest GCP residents, and a very festive Halloween costume parade & pumpkin carving.


The end of October featured a very spooky Open House with the Hogles in Peabody Terrace.  Amazing costumes, delicious food, & a great time had by all.



To wrap up this busy month, Dr. Carrasco and Dr. Parra hosted their annual Day of the Dead celebration.  We enjoyed delicious traditional Mexican food, while learning about the history and traditions of this holiday. 



We hope that you enjoyed October as much as we did! 

Newest Additions to GCP

This fall the Graduate Commons Program will be entering our sixth year of community building. During this time, the program has continually evolved and expanded.  Last academic year we welcomed the residents of Peabody Terrace and Cronkhite Graduate Center into our community.  This year we are pleased to welcome the residents of the Mt. Auburn Group to the GCP family!

This year we are also introducing 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. Sharon Jacobs, 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!

ImageMeet Sharon:

Sharon Jacobs is a recovering classical cellist who now teaches legal research and writing to first-year students at the law school. She also writes about energy and environmental law, which is just one of the many reasons she loves living in LEED-certified Cowperthwaite. Sharon and her husband are looking forward to sharing their interests in local food, music, hiking and bird watching (okay, that one’s just Sharon) with the post-graduate community over the coming months!

Contact Sharon @