Like many instructors and students across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, we at the Bok Center are excited about the prospect of a return to a fully residential campus and in-person teaching in the fall of 2021. A key part of our mission is to develop a sense of Harvard as an intergenerational community in which everyone is both a teacher and a learner; while we have seen so many impressive examples of collaboration and community-building in Zoom classrooms this year, we all yearn to be together again in one place. For this reason, we are proud to have worked with the Office of Undergraduate Education and other campus partners to make possible the pilot of in-person and hybrid teaching this April.
At the same time, we are mindful of the fact that describing the fall of 2021 as a "return to normal" also risks obscuring or minimizing the very real hardships of the past year and the lasting mark that the pandemic will leave upon our community. Many of us have lost loved ones this year to the pandemic, and we grieve for their absence. All of us, moreover, have lost something of the lives we once lived—whether that's a year of our time on campus, living and studying among friends, or a measure of economic security for our families. We mourn those losses, too; and we return to campus and to the classroom changed by our individual and collective experiences of COVID-19, racial injustice, and our volatile national politics.
At the Bok Center, we will be doing our best to support instructors and students alike as they return to campus in the Fall of 2021, hosting events and sharing resources designed to help us all reflect on what it means to be teaching and learning at Harvard now. Look to this page and our regular newsletter for our latest updates.