A difficult day

Dear Members of the Harvard Chan School Community,

Once again, I find myself writing to you in the midst of extraordinary national events.

The chaotic and violent scenes unfolding at the U.S. Capitol have been deeply disturbing and devastating to witness. I hope that peace will be restored quickly—and that our country can commence the long process of healing.

I know this has been a difficult day, following a difficult year, for all of us. If you find yourself in distress or in need of additional support, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Students may contact Colleen Cronin in Student Affairs, ccronin@hsph.harvard.edu, 617-432-1542, or Harvard University Counseling and Mental Health Services, 617-495-2042 (617-495-5711 after hours).

Faculty and staff members may contact Jennifer Ivers in Faculty Affairs, ivers@hsph.harvard.edu; Linda Picard in Human Resources, lpicard@hsph.harvard.edu; or Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program, 877-327-4278 (877-EAP-HARV).

In times like this, I am all the more grateful for our extraordinary community and your commitment to the well-being of others. Please make sure to take care of yourselves as well.

All my best,


Michelle A. Williams, ScD
Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development,
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School