The Harvard Kennedy School experience is incredibly rewarding. It can also be rigorous and demanding. Along the way, you might discover that a little support can help keep you on track.

As an HKS student, you have a strong network available to discuss academic or personal issues. In addition to your degree program directors, you can also turn to the Student Services team for support and advice.

We also encourage you to take advantage of these resources:

Harvard University Health Services 

As a member of the Harvard community, you can receive comprehensive, preventive and urgent care at four Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) locations.

In addition to adult and pediatric primary care, HUHS also provides counseling for mental health, alcohol and other drugs and nutrition. You can take yoga and meditation classes and even receive holistic services, including acupuncture, massage and reiki through the Center for Wellness.

Harvard Athletic Facilities

If you like to relax and de-stress through physical activity, visit any of Harvard's athletic facilities. Join club and intramural sports teams, enroll in group exercise classes or fitness programs, or learn how to golf, row, sail, swim or play squash or tennis. Learn more about Harvard athletics and fitness opportunities available to you.

Office for Student Diversity and Inclusion

HKS is a community that welcomes and values the diversity of students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds, life experiences, and thought. The Office for Student Diversity and Inclusion (OSDI) supports activities to help enhance and celebrate diversity at HKS related—but not limited—to race, gender, religion, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, political ideology and economic status. The OSDI is a resource for students to receive support, advocacy and advice to help promote the development, well-being and success of every HKS student. Read Harvard Kennedy School’s Diversity Statement and learn more about diversity at HKS.

Bureau of Study Council

Learning can be inspiring. It can also be exhausting.

As an HKS student, services from the Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC) are available to help you during your academic endeavor, including academic counseling, workshops and discussions, peer tutoring, the Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies, and self-help materials. BSC services are designed to support you as you learn, grow, and engage in all the educational opportunities available to you during your time at Harvard.

Other Important Resources

Sexual and gender-based harassment is discriminatory, unlawful, denies respect for the rights and dignity of others and is inconsistent with the values of our community. Harvard University seeks to maintain a learning environment free from sexual harassment and is committed to creating a community free from discrimination.

HKS helps anyone who has experienced sexual harassment—including sexual violence—to access the resources available at Harvard and elsewhere. Learn more about our Title IX policies and procedures and other important resources. Harvard University’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR) is another safe place where students who have experienced or witnessed sexual assault can go for 24-hour non-urgent care, information or support.