HUNAP Faculty Chair Response to COVID-19

Dear HUNAP Community:

As you likely know, Harvard University is responding quickly to the threat of the novel coronavirus pandemic. This response includes sending undergraduate students home for the remainder of the semester, shifting toward virtual online meetings for faculty and staff, and promoting "social distancing" techniques among those of us who remain on campus.

In short, this is a trying time for our university. During this time, HUNAP remains operational, but ALL public gatherings and events through the end of exam period are being postponed until next year or canceled. This includes the Joy Harjo event, community feast, HUNAP awards ceremony, spring powwow, etc.

Moreover, in adherence to robust social distancing practices, the HUNAP office space on Story Street is now restricted to staff use only.

Additionally, fyi, our staff are in close communication with our students, and so far we have been able to meet their needs (as these have arisen). Some students will likely remain here in Cambridge, and we will work to afford virtual online connection and community for them in coming days and weeks.

Obviously, this is a stressful and challenging time for us all, but I am certain that we can rise to the occasion as we look toward our upcoming 50th anniversary celebration during the 2020-21 academic year.

For additional information about Harvard's response to the coronavirus, please see here:

Stay well,



Joseph P. Gone
Professor of Anthropology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard University

Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Faculty Director
Harvard University Native American Program

President Elect (2019-21)

Society of Indian Psychologists

APA Council Representative (2018-20)

Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race

Fellow (2018-20)

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation