Administrative Advisory Committee (AAC)
The Administrative Advisory Committee offers advice to the President and other senior administrators on all College business matters where faculty concern is strong. This responsibility includes:
- Participation in the preparation of the annual budget for the coming fiscal year and a review of the previous year’s performance. AAC reviews data pertaining to all of the major areas of revenue and expenditure, and gives its advice as to the proper balance between competing needs.
- Review of progress towards the College’s long term plans;
- Review of general salary and fringe benefit policies;
- Advice on planning for and maintenance of the College’s buildings and grounds;
- Review of the College’s development priorities and plans.
- The AAC membership includes one faculty member from each division (of whom one is chair), three students, one representative of the Staff Association, one representative of the Dean’s office selected in consultation with the President, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, and the President and Provost ex officio.
Questions? Contact: Mitchel Wein, mwein & Deborah Fullam.
Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC)
The Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC) acts as the executive arm of the Association providing leadership and direction regarding alumni affairs. In its three yearly meetings on campus, the AAEC focuses on addressing the alumni’s interest in ongoing College affairs and includes discussion of College policies to gain an alumni perspective. The AAEC also looks at the development of communications between the College and its alumni and strives to foster an open dialogue between the two.
The AAEC plays a key role in building and maintaining lifelong relationships between Haverford alumni and the College, providing bridges across generations of Haverford graduates, developing valued services for classmates and friends, and giving a helping hand to current Haverford students.
Student Representatives attend the three yearly meetings and serve as a link to the current Haverford community. They provide information about events, trends, and opinions on campus, keeping the Committee and other alumni aware of student needs and opinions. They also will learn about issues of importance to alumni, and convey those back to Students’ Council. Lastly, they will serve as student contacts for the AAEC, assisting in various projects or programs for alumni on campus.
Questions? Contact: Deb Strecker (dstrecke), Director, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving.
Academic Integrity Committee
The Academic Integrity Committee was created in response to a large increase in the number of plagiarism cases brought before Honor Council. The committee is responsible for the academic integrity webinar that all incoming first-years must take. Deans, faculty, librarians and a representative from each class year comprise the committee. It meets 3-4 times a semester as a whole committee, and will occasionally form sub-committees for particular projects. Academic Integrity Committee is looking for a new first-year class representative. This representative need not have served on Honor Council. So if you’re interested in talking about ways that Haverford can better equip students to avoid plagiarism and other breaches in academic integrity, consider applying for this committee!
Description taken from the Students’ Council Constitution:
- Every four years, following the spring Plenary, students will convene a Clearness Committee to evaluate the quality of student life. This committee will be composed of four students, a faculty member, a college administrator, and the Honor Council Librarian.
- The Clearness Committee will evaluate the Honor Code and its implementation and the Students’ Association and its governance. In this regard the committee will consider the Student Constitution, the Honor Code, handbook policies, administrative practices, and the allocation of college and student funds.
- By consensus of its members, the committee may expand or contract the scope of its review.
- Students, clubs, staff, faculty, and administrators may submit queries for the committee’s consideration.
- The committee will consider the responsiveness, sustainability, and adherence to the Honor Code of the subjects of evaluation.
- Does the subject respond to student concerns in a productive, timely, and inclusive way?
- Is the subject empowered through an effective institutional memory mechanism and provided with resources necessary to executing its mission?
- Are the subject’s policies and practices compatible with the spirit of the Honor Code?
- Before the close of the semester, the committee will conduct a census of the student association to discover the prevailing attitudes of the association.
- The committee will conduct interviews with student government officers, faculty members, administrators, and other community members as they deem necessary. In these interviews the committee will have access to confidential information necessary to fulfilling their mission. The committee should consider the records of the Honor Council Librarian.
- By December 2010, the committee will publish a report with the results of their inquiries. It will be published by consensus of its members. The report may contain recommendations for the following plenary session of the students’ association.
Questions? Contact the faculty appointee: David Owens, Deans Office appointee: Kelly Cleary, or any of the current representatives: Joseph Leroux ’17 or Chris Hadad ’17
Collection is one of the oldest traditions at Haverford College. It began as a compulsory meeting of the student body, with faculty taking attendance (if you can believe that). Over time, Collection evolved into a student-run lecture series that focused on bringing distinguished members of the broader community to campus who would spark conversation, debate, and introduce new ideas to the community. Today, Collection does this not just through speakers, but also
performances, debates, discussions, exhibitions, workshops, and other thought-provoking and engaging experiences. Our current programs include:
1. The Collection Fund — On a rolling basis year round, The Collection Committee encourages applications from students who are interested in planning and implementing any event/workshop/exhibition/whatever that meets the mission of Collection and/or enhances students experiences outside of the classroom. Though, at Haverford we’re all really geeks at heart, so the nerdier the better! I mean, who doesn’t want to hear from a magician who believes that magic cuts through the center of biology, philosophy, psychology, and music. And why not bring a hip hop artist to campus to lead a workshop on lyricism, host a slam, and perform in Lunt. Maybe you’d prefer to see an artistic director of a theatre company who explores the fragile and exhilarating territory of the clown.
2. @dinner: discussion w/ a prof — A series of dinners to provide students the opportunity to engage with a faculty member in an informal, yet intellectual setting. Each dinner includes seven students and a professor and takes place at a restaurant in downtown Philly. Such events have included a dinner at Bindi hosted by Professor of Philosophy Joel Yurdin on “The Souls and Lives of Animals: Aristotle and Mr. Fox.” Still to come this semester…. dinner discussions w/ Jenni Punt, Kim Benston, and a few others!
3. Also, recent guests have included — Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize winning author; Stone Forest Ensemble, musical fusion group; past-President Tom Tritton and current President Steve Emerson; Vidur Kapur, a gay South Asian immigrant comedian; a Collection-sponsored Hip-Hop panel and concert with DJ Rekha headlining; Bruce Partridge, HC professor emeritus; Norah Vincent, author of Self Made Man; Last Collection with Greg Kannerstein; and First Collection with Martha Denney.
And we’d love to hear your ideas of ideas for making Haverford’s social-intellectual scene just a little bit better!
Collection Committee will consist of up to five (5) student members and Rob Turning, Director of Student Activities.
Questions? Contact: Rob Turning or any of the student representatives: Daniel Bendelac, Gasira Timir, Wenyi Yang, or Dexter Coen Gilbert.
College Honors, Fellowships and Prizes (COH)
The Committee on College Honors (COH), composed of three faculty members, three students, and Dean Phil Bean (email@example.com), is looking for committed students like you!
The Committee on College Honors serves to:
- Choose Haverford’s nominees for certain outside fellowships, such as the Beinecke, Goldwater, Luce, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Truman Scholarships, and provides guidance for those awarded the Fulbright Scholarship.
- Make recommendations to the faculty on the awarding of two fellowships for graduating seniors at Haverford College: the Clementine Cope Fellowships and the Augustus Taber Murray Research Fellowships.
- Make recommendations to the faculty regarding which graduating seniors should receive the College Honors of magna cum laude and summa cum laude.
- COH is a “lifetime” appointment- meaning that if you are of the class of 2013, you would serve on this committee for 4 years, 2012 for 3 years, and 2011, two years. If you would like more information, you can visit http://www.haverford.edu/deans/OAR/scholarships/honors.php (from which the above info was taken).
Questions? Contact: Dean Bean (pbean) or student representative Alex Stern ’20.
Committee on Environmental Responsibility (CER)
The Committee on Environment Responsibility is a joint student, faculty, and staff body that advocates for the pursuit of environmentally sustainable policies at Haverford College. Its goal is to identify areas where the College’s facilities or population are operating unsustainably and to advocate for their change. In the past, the Committee has successfully implemented a two-sided printing policy, negotiated for a LEEDS certification for the Tritton Dorms, and restructured the Dining Center’s waste management policy to maximize on-site composting.
– Attending weekly meetings
– Researching areas of improvement at the College
– Negotiating with Staff and Administration
– Writing agendas
– Preparing annual sustainability reports
– Drafting student sections of sustainability report cards
– Acting as the CER liaison to the student body
Questions? Contact any of the current members: Hanae Togmani or Devi Namboodiri.
Council on Sustainability and Social Responsibility
The Council on Sustainability and Social Responsibility is charged with advancing the study and practice of sustainability at Haverford, marked by commitments to environmental stewardship and social responsibility within the context of the College’s Quaker values and educational mission. The Council:
- Receives and deliberates on issues of community concern about socially or environmentally responsible institutional practice;
- plans, prioritizes, and coordinates sustainability-related initiatives across the College including:
- academic or co-curricular projects
- engagement with on- and off-campus communities
- operations, including: campus stewardship, energy and resource management, food systems, business practices, community health and wellbeing
- recommends to relevant departments and governing bodies policies and practices that enhance the College’s commitment to sustainability and social responsibility;
- assesses progress and periodically reports to the community.
The full Council is composed of (1) faculty, staff, and students from areas with significant roles in planning and implementing sustainability across the College, and (2) faculty, student, and staff representatives. A Steering Committee facilitates agenda setting and may convene working groups to address specific issues. The full Council will meet 1-3 times per year; the Steering Committee may convene more frequently. The Council reports to the president of the College.
Questions? Contact Maya Ahmed or Steph Lukez.
Committee on Student Standing and Programs (CSSP)
The Committee on Student Standing and Programs reviews individual students’ academic progress. In this function, it deals with those who are in academic difficulties, and those who are working well below potential. When an individual student’s academic standing is in question, the Committee most typically attempts first to develop a program to aid in improving the quality of the student’s work. Such an attempt may involve the setting of special requirements.
Should this program fail, the Committee may at any time require the student to take a leave of absence or, in very rare instances, permanently separate a student from the College. These actions may be taken only after the student in question has had an opportunity to appear before the Committee at a “drop hearing.” CSSP will make its decision, though, regardless of whether a student elects to take advantage of the opportunity to attend a drop hearing.
The Committee also has the responsibility to review and either to grant or deny all student petitions for exceptions to the faculty’s regular academic requirements and for permission to pursue special academic program options, as described in the College Catalog (e.g., independent majors, graduating in more than eight semesters or in fewer than seven).
The Committee has three faculty and three student members. The Dean of the College or the Dean’s designate serves as Executive Secretary of this Committee. The Dean for Multicultural Affairs also serves on the committee if he/she is not the Executive Secretary of the Committee. When relevant, the Committee consults with the student’s dean, members of the Athletic Department, the Faculty Athletic Representative, members of the counseling staff (to the extent consistent with confidentiality) and the Admission Office in discussions on the standing of individual students.
Questions? Contact Dean Bean (pbean), Dean of Academic Affairs, or the returning student representative Grace Brosnan.
Commencement Committee is a two-year commitment (junior and senior year) and there are 5-7 spots available.
During Junior year, the Commencement Committee will:
- Solicit nominations for honorary degree recipients who will speak at graduation, consolidate the list, research the candidates, and compile information to present to the board of managers
- Organize and manage the senior party, which includes a number of interesting and fun tasks
- Help organize graduation and host the Honorary Degree recipients
During Senior year, the Commencement Committee will:
- Notify and remind parents (during the Fall semester) to book their hotel rooms for Commencement weekend
- Plan the entire senior week
- Attend and participate in the Commencement Committee meetings
This is only open to juniors (obviously), and you will serve until you graduate!
Questions? Contact: Rob Turning (returning) or the Director of Student Activities.
Customs Person Committee Head(s)
The Customs Person Committee Head(s) is (are) responsible for selecting, leading, and organizing the work of the Customs Committee. The major components of the Committee’s effort include the conceptualization of the Customs Program, particularly as it pertains to the role of Customs Persons (in conjunction with the Peer Awareness Facilitators, Ambassadors for Multicultural Awareness, Honor Code Orienteers, and Upper Class Advisors), and the selection, training, and on-going support of the Customs Persons; and the successful implementation of Customs Week, working with Peer Awareness Facilitator, Honor Code Orienteer and the Ambassadors for Multicultural Awareness Committees. The Customs Person Head(s) will serve as the voice of Customs Person Committee to the administration, faculty, and student body. The Head(s), along with Honor Code Orienteer Head(s), Peer Awareness Head(s) and Ambassadors for Multicultural Awareness Head(s), will select the Customs Week Committee Head(s). The CP Committee Head(s) will be representatives to the Customs Week Committee, unless they choose to delegate this responsibility to a willing member of the Customs Committee. The Head(s) should have a firm commitment to mission of the Customs Program: Customs is about community, not conformity. Customs Week provides everyone the space to settle in and begin the college-experience by engaging each other in fun and interactive ways that promote healthy community. Customs also helps first-year students figure out what they want to do and how they can get there. What’s more, Customs is a time to learn from and about each other’s differences, backgrounds, and experiences. The Customs Person Head(s) will consist of one or two sophomores or juniors. This is a year- long position. The advisor for this program is Michael Martinez, Dean for First Year Students, or 2015 Co-Heads Rachel Lee & Stephan Davis.
Questions? Contact Tina Le or Madeline Guth.
Honor Code Orienteer Committee Head(s)
The Honor Code Orientation Committee Head(s) is (are) responsible for selecting, leading, and organizing the work of the Honor Code Orientation Committee. The major components of the Committee’s effort include the conceptualization of the Customs Program, particularly as it pertains to the role of Honor Code Orienteers (in conjunction with the Customs Persons, Peer Awareness Facilitators, and Ambassadors for Multicultural Awareness), and the selection, training, and the on-going support of the Honor Code Orienteers. Important aspects of the roles and responsibilities include planning and successfully implementing Customs Week. The Honor Code Orientation Committee Head(s) will serve as the voice of Honor Code Orienteer Committee to the administration, faculty, and student body. The Head(s), along with CP Head(s), AMA Head(s) and PAF Head(s), will select the Customs Week Committee Head(s). The HCO Head(s) will also be representatives to the Customs Week Committee, unless they choose to delegate this responsibility to a willing member of the Honor Code Orientation Committee. The Head(s) should have a firm commitment to mission of the Customs Program: Customs is about community, not conformity. Customs Week provides everyone the space to settle in and begin the college-experience by engaging each other in fun and interactive ways that promote healthy community. Customs also helps first-year students figure out what they want to do and how they can get there. What’s more, Customs is a time to learn from and about each others differences, backgrounds, and experiences. The Honor Code Orientation Committee Head(s) will consist of one or two sophomores or juniors. This is a year-long position.
The advisor for this program is Steve Watter, Dean of Student Life, or contact the HCO co-heads Joe Spir and Allison Wise.
Peer Awareness Facilitator Committee Head(s)
The Peer Awareness Committee Head(s) is (are) responsible for selecting, leading, and organizing the work of the Peer Awareness Committee. The major components of the Committee’s effort include the conceptualization of the Customs Program, particularly as it pertains to the role of Peer Awareness Facilitators (in conjunction with the Honor Code Orienteers, Customs Persons, and Ambassadors of Multicultural Awareness), and the selection, training, and the on-going support of the Peer Awareness Facilitators. Important aspects of the roles and responsibilities include planning and successfully implementing Customs Week. The Peer Awareness Committee Head(s) will serve as the voice of Peer Awareness Facilitator Committee to the administration, faculty, and student body. The PAF Head(s), along with CP Committee Head(s), HCO Committee Head(s) and AMA Head (s) will select the Customs Week Committee Head(s). The PAF Head(s) will also be representatives to the Customs Week Committee unless they choose to delegate this responsibility to a willing member of the Peer Awareness Committee. The advisor for this program is Rob Turning, Director of Student Activities and Leadership. The Head(s) should have a firm commitment to the mission of the Customs Program: Customs is about community, not conformity. Customs Week provides everyone the space to settle in and begin the college-experience by engaging each other in fun and interactive ways that promote healthy community. Customs also helps first-year students figure out what they want to do and how they can get there. What’s more, Customs is a time to learn from and about each other’s differences, backgrounds, and experiences. The Peer Awareness Facilitation Committee Head(s) will consist of one or two sophomores or juniors. This is a year-long position.
Please contact Rosa Urquiza or Mercedes Davis, the current PAF Committee Heads, with any questions specific to this position.
Ambassadors for Multicultural Awareness Committee Head(s)
The Ambassador for Multicultural Awareness Head(s) is (are) responsible for selecting, leading, and organizing the work of the AMA committee. The major components of the Committee’s effort include recruitment, selection, training and on-going communication and support of the Ambassadors for Multicultural Awareness throughout the year; AMAs focus on experiential learning opportunities that develop first-year students’ abilities to thrive in a multicultural community. The AMA Head(s) and Committee members will serve as the voice of AMA Program to the administration, faculty, and student body. The committee will also be responsible for taking part in the planning and the successful implementation of Customs Week, working with Customs Persons, Honor Code Orienteer, Peer Awareness and Customs Week Heads. The Head(s), along with CP Committee Head(s), HCO Committee Head(s) and PAF Committee Head(s) will select the Customs Week Committee Head(s). The AMA Head(s) will also be the representatives to the Customs Week Committee unless s/he chooses to delegate this responsibility to a willing member of the AMA Committee. The Head(s) should have a firm commitment to mission of the Customs Program: Customs is about community, not conformity. Customs Week provides everyone the space to settle in and begin the college-experience by engaging each other in fun and interactive ways that promote healthy community. Customs also helps first-year students figure out what they want to do and how they can get there. What’s more, Customs is a time to learn from and about each other’s differences, backgrounds, and experiences. The Ambassadors for Multicultural Awareness Head(s) will one or two sophomores or juniors. This is a year-long position. Demonstrated leadership skills and the name of a member of the AMA program who will support the nomination are requirements for consideration. Experience in TRICO/the Multicultural Leadership Institute will be highly valued. This is a year-long position. Please contact Leslie Luqueño or Aarushi Mohan, the current AMA Committee Co-Heads, with any questions specific to this position. The advisor for this program is Theresa Tensuan, Dean of Multicultural Affairs.
Dining Services Development Committee
The purpose of the Dining Services Development Committee is to act as a liaison between students and Haverford College’sDining Serives, and to provide a better forum for ideas that will allow Haverford College’s Dining Services to better serve students.
The Dining Services Development Committee (or DSDC) will meet bi-weekly to discuss issues relevant to Dining Services at Haverford College, ranging from quality of food to taste-testing. The committee is a student-led group composed of various members of the Dining Services staff, as well as several students. It is not required that members live on campus or have meal plans; rather, the committee looks for diverse opinions and values an equal representation of all students. In the past he DSDC has been instrumental in providing feedback that has led to improvements in the quality and varieties of food being offered at the Dining Center and the “Coop” as well as possible changes in general menu options and selection.
The student representatives of the committee will be responsible for:
• Attending meetings regularly
• Gathering input from the campus community members regarding menu offerings services, programming and facilities.
• Taking minutes at every meeting and then to inform the campus community regarding the discussions, and any policies and procedures of dining services which may affect decisions made.
Questions? Contact Anthony Condo, (acondo) Associate Director of Dining Services, or any of the student representatives: Johnluca Fenton, Eve Fanya Anne Blondeau-Elman, or Pranav Krishnan.
Educational Policy Committee (EPC)
The EPC oversees educational policy and the curriculum, makes major changes to the academic calendar, advises the provost on tenure-line searches and periodically reviews the College’s graduation requirements, including those covering course distribution and foreign language expertise. Requirements for majors, minors and the various concentrations, formulated by the academic departments, are also reviewed by the EPC, and, like the graduation requirements, are approved by the faculty as a whole.
Composed of four faculty members (a chair, plus one representative from the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences), two students, the provost and two deans, the EPC is responsible for keeping abreast of new ideas in higher education and initiating proposals to the faculty based on these ideas.
Questions? Contact Philip Meneely, Professor of Biology and Chair of EPC.
Experimental College Heads (Ex-Co)
Ex-Co (Experimental College) is a program of student-run, not-for-credit courses. We try to connect people who share diverse interests in learning outside the classroom. Ex-Co classes are run by members of the Haverford community for members of the Haverford community. We welcome students, faculty and staff to participate in Ex-Co as teachers and students.
Ex-Co began as a resolution passed at Fall Plenary in 1997. The goal of the program is to enrich our education by allowing us to share our knowledge, interests, and skills with each other in a cooperative and relaxed environment.
Enjoy Haverfest? Let’s face it, who doesn’t? If you are one of the people that does enjoy Haverfest (and even if you haven’t enjoyed it in the past!) here’s your chance to CREATE IT!!! Oh yes, that’s correct, you get to make Haverfest this year! The job of Haverfest Head(s) is open and accepting applications!!! The application doesn’t take very long, and I mean, come on, it’s totally worth it! It’s Haverfest!!
Here’s the job description just in case you want more details:
The Haverfest Head(s) are responsible for organizing the last weekend HOORAH before exams in the spring.
– Meeting weekly with the Director of Student Activities (Beginning immediately after you are appointed to the post through Haverfest)
– Forming a committee (designing an application and sending it out before winter break; selecting the members of the committee before spring semester begins).
– Meeting weekly with Haverfest Committee (beginning immediately after winter break through Haverfest)
– Managing a budget of $15,000+ (for food, activities, decoration, and advertising)
– Working with the Haverfest Committee to: manage the tshirt and mug (aka Haverfest merch) design competitions; sell said Haverfest merch; choose a theme for Haverfest; plan and implement two days worth of wild and crazy activities for the student body (related to the theme); develop the food menu for the weekend; coordinate volunteers for Haverfest weekend; work with FUCS closely to plan all music-related aspects ofthe weekend; and advertise for Haverfest (which includes production of the comprehensive Haverfest schedule).
– Meeting with different departments (Deans, Safety & Security, Student Activities, etc) and organizations (JSAAPP, Quaker Bouncers, Students Council, FUCS, etc.) to ensure a successful weekend.
– Work w/ the Director of Student Activities during Haverfest itself to ensure the safe and successful implementation of the planned events and activities.
This position is open to all classes (though freshmen may find this difficult and thus rarely are Haverfest Head[s]), and is a year long position.
You may apply alone or with a partner (though, please only submit one application with responses from both applicants if you apply as a pair).
Questions? Please email Rob Turning (rturning), Director of Student Activities or one of the 2018 Haverfest Co-Heads, Cole Beecher or Reid Cohen.
Honor Council Librarian
The librarian of Honor Council is not a full member of Honor Council, but appointed by SC for a one-year term during the second semester of each academic year. The librarian will not be a current-serving member of Honor Council.
The librarian of Honor Council is responsible for maintaining an updated, documented record of all changes made to the Honor Code or to sections of the Students’ Constitution that concern the Honor Code and Honor Council over the course of his or her term. This record should also include all major publications (i.e., committee findings, letters of concern to/from the administration and faculty, Spring Plenary Packets, etc.) regarding the Honor Code. This record will remain accessible to all community members so that they can view the history and changes of the Honor Code.
The librarian is also responsible for analyzing and interpreting previous Honor Codes, trial abstracts and all other relevant documentation to distinguish and report trends and precedents to the Chair(s).
Powers Granted by Honor Council:
This is Honor Council’s working description of the position and is open for Council revision:
– The Librarian will receive, index, and archive all Honor Council documents.
– The Librarian will meet regularly with the Honor Council Executive Officers to discuss past and current cases and is responsible for tracking all incomplete trials or panels including Resolution completion status.
– The Librarian is responsible for maintaining a history of the Honor Code and Student Governance at Haverford.
– The Librarian will collect all requests from community members for confidential information and will present requests to Council.
– The Librarian will maintain a public Council archive that includes all non-confidential Council documents.
– The Librarian will complete a semesterly report (presented in March and October) that discusses trends in trials and reports any concerns in the implementation of The Honor Code.
– The Librarian will maintain a confidential calendar for Honor Council notifying it of future deadlines.
– The outgoing Librarian will orient the new Librarian to his/her responsibilities.
– The Librarian serves as a member of Clearness Committee
Questions? Contact Riley Wheaton.
Humanities Center Advisory Board (HCAB)
The Hurford Center Student Student Advisory Board helps to determine future directions for student engagement with the Hurford Center. Comprised of four students, HCAB considers how coursework, senior theses, artistic practice, and other projects might best benefit from HCAH support. Meeting regularly with Center staff, Advisory Board members will also review and approve student grant proposals to the Student Arts Fund alongside members of the Hurford Center Steering Committee. Selected by Students Council, members serve for a one-year appointment but can re-apply for an additional term.
Questions? Contact Luke Alyward, Rachel Kline, Jingyi Hu, or Grace Coberly.
The Center *strongly* encourages applicants from all majors and areas of study, not just those traditionally associated with the arts or humanities. Students who have already participated in Center programs, as well as those new to the Center, are encouraged to apply.
Questions? Contact James Weissinger (jweissin), Associate Director of the Humanities Center.
James House Board (JHB)
James House began as a student initiative in 2005. The goal was to create a space in the former security building located between Gummere, Parker House and Woodside that could be used entirely by students to make art on their own time. Six years later, the space has grown into much more: James House now also offers exhibition space to the Haverford community, coordinates film screenings, provides a space for arts clubs to meet, invites students and visitors to perform workshops, throws great parties, offers performance space to bands, and invites students to imagine and pursue their own visions of how the space can function as a bastion of independent arts at Haverford.
James House is headed by a board of students. On one level, the board is responsible for keeping the house clean and well-stocked, as well as organizing and hosting workshops and parties. Beyond these logistical duties, the Board also examines the state of the arts at Haverford, and works to create events and opportunities for students to fully realize their artistic ambitions in a non-academic setting. This means that the Board is continually brainstorming and planning events as diverse as film screenings, poetry readings, group or solo exhibitions, artist residencies, craft workshops, musical performances, concerts, art-related parties, and much more.
Seeking students with an interest in libraries, space planning and programming.
Library Student Advisory Board
+ Participating in the conception and/or creation of new spaces, re-creation of existing spaces and overall building planning
+ Increasing student involvement and awareness of library programs and resources
+ Providing an outlet for student concerns and needs throughout the implementation of the library’s Strategic Plan
+ Attending scheduled meetings (about once a month)
+ Planning and hosting events when needed
+ Evaluating and implementing feedback from fellow students
+ Representing students and advocating for student needs
For more info, contact Kayla Hoskins (khoskins)
Multicultural Representative to the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Managers
You can apply to be the Multicultural Representative to the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Managers. WHAT A TITLE!
As MRttSACotBoM, you would sit in on the Student Affairs Committee, along with a number of other students. In this position, you have a chance to advocate for student interests at the Board level, interact with the Board of Managers, and represent your peers. The Board meets four times a year on campus. This is a lifetime appointment.
Questions? Contact Dean Theresa Tensuan.
Residential Life Heads
Housing committee is responsible for working with the housing director on most of the issues involving housing and residential life, including designing and running room draw. It consists of approximately 12 students and meets once a week. This appointment will be for the head(s) of this committee who will choose the remaining members of housing committee at a later date. This is a year-long appointment.
Questions? Contact Smitty (msmith), Director of Residence Life.
Speakers Committee is in search of two new members to help select the BIG speakers who are invited to campus. The SC Speakers Committee is given an annual budget of $30,000, and is charged with selecting one or two speakers each year (usually one per semester) who will give a talk at Haverford. In the past, Speakers Committee has brought such speakers as Jerry Greenfield (of Ben & Jerry’s), Spike Lee, Helen Thomas, Dr. Ruth, Paul Rusesabaginia, Pat Buchanan, Janet Reno, Amy Sedaris, Al Sharpton, Christopher Hitchens, Billy Collins, and many others. This year, Speakers Committee brought Mayor Cory Booker and Geoffrey Canada to campus in the fall and spring semesters, respectively. Members attend weekly meetings, solicit names of potential speakers from the student body, and help set-up, advertise for, and run the events. The committee works with the Director of Student Activities, Rob Turning. This is a lifetime appointment!
Special Events Committee for Students Head(s) (SECS)
A separate body from Students’ Council, Special Events Committee for Students is tasked with independently organizing large campus-wide events. SECS shall consist of two to three heads appointed by Appointments Committee for a one-year term, as well as 4 to 6 recruited members who shall serve a year-long term. The heads shall recruit members who represent a range of classes for the committee. The Special Events Committee is responsible for the planning of activities and shall work closely with the Director of Student Activities to plan and advertise for SC activities. The delegation of responsibilities is left to the discretion of the heads; however, a structure that assigns committee members specific tasks is recommended. [Article V, Section 10]
Past SECS events have included many dances such as the 80s dance, Sun Dance, Snow Ball, and other student events like HaverIdol. SECS is also responsible for Staff Appreciation Day. Typically, events run by this committee are school-wide and cater to the entire student body. Responsibilities include brainstorming new events, organizing and planning events for the year, managing a several thousand dollar budget, and set-up and take-down of events.
Questions? Contact Rob Turning (rturning) Director of Student Activities or the current co-heads Talia Scott and Kiamani Wilson.
Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) Heads
The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is a student run organization founded in the spring of 1984 with the aid of Student Council. Its purpose is to act as a liaison among students, student government, and student health services regarding issues which impact student health and to educate members of the Haverford community regarding health issues.
The Student Health Advisory Committee aims to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent injury and disease, and assure the safe delivery of quality health services to all Haverford College students. In pursuit of these objectives, the committee will inform the student body of existing community resources, involve them in the establishment of additional services, and enhance communication and the sharing of information between college health professionals and students. SHAC will report, as appropriate, to the student body on health policies, resources, priorities, and changed conditions. The committee, in conjunction with existing College resources, will make substance abuse, nutrition, sexual health, mental health, wellness, the spread of sickness, and access to medical care and vaccinations core parts of its agenda.
In addition to promoting talks and clinics held by the health center, we are in charge of the following specific events and programs:
- Bi-annual Red Cross Blood Drive
- Free condom distribution program
For more information, go to Haverford.edu/healthservices/