Rachel Barbarisi, House Administrator
Email: dn-ha [at] fas.harvard.edu
Welcome to fair Dunster! As your House Administrator I manage all aspects of student housing, as well as House events and finances. I work closely with the House Staff, Resident Tutors, Non-Resident Tutors, HoCo Chairs, and Grille Managers to coordinate many of the wonderful activities we offer throughout the year such as apple picking and snowtubing outings, Class Dinners, SCR Dinners, the Messiah Sing, Specialty Tutor programming, and Open Houses. I also serve as a sophomore academic adviser here in the House.
A little about me: Originally from New York, I moved to Boston to earn my undergraduate degree from Tufts, with a focus on English literature, history, and Japanese. (I was also a jazz band singer in college and was lucky enough to perform the national anthem at the University’s graduation ceremony!). After graduation I worked for the Harvard Dean of Student’s Office, organizing HoCo Retreats, Tutor-Proctor Orientation, Freshman and Junior Parent Weekends, and other College programming. I then completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education just prior to joining the Dunster community.
Outside of work, I spend time volunteering at education access organizations in Boston and taking art classes in Cambridge. I also love spending time at home with my husband, who teaches English and special education, our 6-month-old son Jake, and our dog-like cat, Clove. I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled a great deal, and have played with tigers in Thailand, swam with manta rays in Hawaii, and taught English in Costa Rica, and always enjoy hearing stories of your travels and adventures!
I’m here to support you during your time at the College, and strive to be a friendly face for you in the House. My office is an inclusive space and I’m always eager to get to know students, so please stop by E303G on the third floor to say hello!