Fall 2021 Update: Given that campus buildings will be accessible only to HUID holders, visitors or members of the general public will not be allowed inside any campus spaces. All public events and conferences will be held virtually this term as we work to maintain as secure a campus as possible. Events organized solely for the school’s internal community and that involve only participants and audience members from within the Harvard community will be allowed to happen in person, provided that room capacity limits are not exceeded and all other requirements for entry into GSD campus buildings are met.

Please familiarize yourself with the information below.

Key Points:

  • For all programs and events happening outside the context of a particular class, a SERT reservation is still required. Please submit the form entitled “Fall 2021, GSDNow Event Proposal Form.”
  • The SERT location for all virtual event reservations is called “GSD Virtual Event Space.”
  • Only one event or program will be allowed to take place in the “GSD Virtual Event Space” at any given time.
  • The Events Committee will continue to meet weekly, on Thursdays, to review and approve event requests.

Virtual Event Recommendations:

  • 6:00 PM start times or later are required for evening programs
  • Find ways to partner your events with other departments, faculty, or student groups in order to increase attendance and decrease the overall number of programs

To make sure your needs can be met, request your reservation as soon as possible. It is strongly recommended that requests are submitted at least one month prior to your desired event date. Before submitting a request, please double check the GSD Public Lecture Series schedule and significant dates on the Academic Calendar to make sure your proposed event does not conflict.

To Plan An Event—Five Steps

  1. Make sure that you have access to a SERT account
    SERT is the online room scheduling system at the GSD. If you have questions about your status, contact Building Services, rooms@gsd.harvard.edu
  2. Submit a request via SERT
    Request Events via the “Fall 2021, GSDNow Event Proposal Form.” Your request must include your desired dates (1st and 2nd choices), chosen virtual platform (Zoom, Remo, etc.) or room, format (lecture, panel, symposium, etc.), media services needs, and who the event participants will be (names and brief descriptions).  Please note that some requests may have associated media charges.  To ensure the timely review of your event, you must fully complete the questions posed by the SERT request system. 
  3. Wait for a confirmation email
    The Events Committee, which includes representatives from Communications, Building Services, Media Services, and the Office of Student Affairs, meets once per week to review public event proposals from staff, faculty, and students. This is why it is strongly recommended to request space as early as possible—ideally a month in advance. Do not proceed with plans (finalizing your date, advertising your event) until you've received confirmation via SERT. Keep in mind that even if a space is available, there may be other reasons an event might not be allowed to take place, or might need to find a new date or time. Conflicts with the GSD Public Lecture Series or significant dates on the Academic Calendar are not allowed. In the event that the Committee is not able to confirm a request, the Committee will work with the requester to find an alternative solution.
  4. Receive confirmation or an offer to select an alternate date/time
    An email giving approval or recommending modifications will be sent within 2 weeks of the receipt of your request. The events committee currently meets on Tuesdays.
  5. Finalize your event OR revise your request and resubmit
    Only after receiving a confirmation should you finalize preparations for the event. To avoid confusion, please do not give your guests final dates and times until you have received the confirmation email. Once you have received confirmation of the date and time, please go back into your SERT reservation to complete any remaining information (which is especially necessary, if you want your event to appear on GSD Now), AND ask your department administrator to add your event to the “GSD – Community Calendar” in Microsoft Outlook.


*Event organizers should secure the staffing required to make their event a success. The Public Programs Office can provide event planning guidance but are not available to staff your events. 

*If you would like your event considered for inclusion in the “This Week” emails sent every Monday morning, please submit your event to GSD Now no later than 4:00 PM on the Thursday of the preceding week. Please email events@gsd.harvard.edu if you have any questions about submitting to GSD Now.

Questions about reserving space should be directed to rooms@gsd.harvard.edu.

If you have questions about this process, please contact your department administrator.