Students’ Council is composed of the Co-Presidents, Co-Vice Presidents, Co-Treasurers, Co-Secretaries, the Officers of Academics, Arts, Athletics, Campus Life, and Multiculturalism, and one representative from each class year.
At Haverford, we talk a great deal about student self-governance, an overarching term used to describe the involvement of students in the workings of the College, and the extent to which Students’ Council is a completely student-run organization. Student self-governance is strongly related to the values and ideals of the College, including the Honor Code; students are afforded a large amount of autonomy and may use this opportunity to craft the kinds of experiences they wish to have, as well as to shape the future of Haverford. Here at Haverford, students of all years, all backgrounds, and all interests are given the responsibility, the resources, and the respect necessary for that to happen.
Student self-governance manifests itself in different ways. Students’ Council works with administrators, Board members, and faculty members throughout the year, advocating for the interests and needs of students. In fact, the Co-Presidents meet with the President and the Deans weekly to review and discuss ideas and student interests. As stakeholders in the community, the voices, opinions, and ideas of students are present on almost every committee at Haverford, from the committee that sets the budget to the committee that creates and reviews the admission policies and criteria.
Students’ Council also controls the funding for student organizations and clubs. Any student interested in creating a club, no matter how eclectic, and receiving funding need only apply.