Health, Wellness, and Safety

Students on Andover lawn

Harvard University Health Services (HUHS)

Update: March 20, 2020

A note for current HDS students from the HDS Office of Student Life (OSL):


Please know that during this unprecedented and challenging time, we are here for you. While Steph Gauchel, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, and Katie Caponera, Assistant Director of Student Services, are working remotely, the areas in which they serve and support students are still functioning. Both are available to connect with you via email, phone, or Zoom. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Student events, community gatherings, practices, and services:


While events and gatherings in person on campus are not happening, retaining our sense of connection and care during this time of social distancing is crucial. The Office of Student Life and the Harvard Divinity School Student Association (HDSSA) are working to best understand opportunities to maintain community and address student needs during this evolving situation.

  • As makes sense, OSL will continue to send out updates to students about student events, community gatherings, practices, and services.
  • Please reach out to Katie Caponera, Assistant Director of Student Services, if you want to more and/or are interested creating an event.
  • Chaplain Kerry Maloney has also been diligently consulting with leaders on the Noon Service Steering Committee and others in our community to explore creative and meaningful online methods for practice, gathering, and ritual. Please be in contact if you have ideas or want to connect.
  • Please reach out to HDSSA if there are specific questions or ideas you have for them.

Student support around academic, personal, and/or medical need:


We understand that this time of uncertainty, stress, and social distancing may also impact your academic, personal, and/or medical need. Please know we are here and you are not alone. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Steph Gauchel and/or your other faculty and staff supports if you are struggling, need human connection, and/or need resources and help.

  • Consultations for learning support, resource referral, and accommodations will continue to be provided through email and/or meetings on Zoom or by phone with Steph Gauchel. Steph Gauchel is also able to communicate with your faculty and other offices, if needed, in helping you navigate your academic, personal, and/or medical need.
  • Note about accommodations: The remote learning environment may uncover new medical challenges that require accommodation. Register well in advance with Steph Gauchel.
  • Note about financial need and/or food insecurity: As we are no longer able to offer food such as Community Tea and the food pantry, OSL is working closing with Financial Aid to best support students around these needs. Please reach out to Steph Gauchel, Katie Caponera, or HDS Financial Aid if you need help.
  • Other support services also remain open to you for wellness, including Harvard University Health Services, Counseling and Mental Health Services, and HDS Chaplain, Kerry Maloney.


Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) provides high quality, comprehensive, confidential health care to students, faculty, staff, and their families 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Primary care and mental health services as well as a range of other medical and surgical specialty services are available at the Smith Center (formerly the Holyoke Center) in Harvard Square as well as a pharmacy. A dental service and the David S. Rosenthal, M.D. Center for Wellness are available at 114 Mt. Auburn Street. Visit the HUHS website for more information.

HDS Voices

Alex Ramos

When I came to HDS I worried about how I would fit in as an atheist and Humanist. I found that this is a place of incredible tolerance and interest in stepping beyond the familiar. I gained a deeper appreciation for people with views radically different from my own, and helped others to do the same.
—Alexander Ramos, MTS '11