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Dear Fellow Students of Color:

On behalf of the W. E. B. Du Bois Graduate Society and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, welcome to GSAS and to Harvard University! You are about to embark on an amazing journey that will be filled with new friends, new knowledge, and a new beginning to the rest of your life.

Graduate school has all the makings of a best-selling novel: mystery, intrigue, laughter, tears, and surprises around every corner. You will be stimulated, challenged, and tested in a way that you likely haven’t been tested before. You will have wonderful—and not so wonderful—experiences and make lifelong friends. Established in 1984, the Du Bois Society is dedicated to helping you and your fellow students of color build a strong community in which to face the trials and celebrate the triumphs. The Du Bois Society is for all underrepresented minorities in GSAS. We know you will be busy and have lots on your plate, and we hope that you will think of us as a tasty side dish accompanying the main course that is your work.

Additionally, we hope that our website and organization will be a great resource for your first year and beyond. If you have any questions that are not answered here, feel free to contact any of us at the Du Bois Society—we’re here to help! Again, warmest of welcomes to Harvard, Cambridge, and the Du Bois Society. Let’s do it!

All the very best,

W.E.B. Du Bois Graduate Society Steering Committee

P.S. Be sure to check us out on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DuBoisSociety/).