“25 Short, Sweet Tips for Summer Interns”

Posted on: May 15, 2015


As students are beginning their summer experiences soon, we wanted to share an article containing some useful tips on making the most of the experience. Planning ahead and thinking about what you want to get out of the experience will help you have a more productive summer.

“25 Short, Sweet Tips for Summer Interns”


Tim Ifill ’03 and Philly Fellows Featured in Journal!

Posted on: May 11, 2015


We were excited to see Philly Fellows featured in the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal, and eager to share the article. Founded by Haverford alum Tim Ifill ’03, Philly Fellows has actively recruited on campus and often provides recent Haverford alumni with an incredibly strong year-long fellowship experience with Philadelphia-based nonprofit organizations. Take a moment to learn about this dynamic organization, and their partnership with AmeriCorps VISTA!

2015 Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition

Posted on: May 7, 2015

We love careers in the arts, and are excited to celebrate these talented artists at the 2015 artFine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition, May 8-16 at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery.

For each senior the work in the exhibition represents the highlights of an intense, year-long studio experience, during which they have shaped a coherent body of work by mastering the techniques and visual vocabulary within a particular concentration.

Alexis Etzkorn — painting/sculpture
Elizabeth Fawcett — sculpture
Mar Garcia — sculpture/printmaking
Claudia Keep — painting
Angélica Ortiz Anguiano — drawing
Brianna Riccobene — printmaking
Pamudu Tennakoon — sculpture
Siyang You — painting

The 2015 Fine Arts Senior Thesis exhibition is made possible with the support of the Department of Fine Arts and the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Opening Reception: May 8,2015 5:30PM–7:30PM

Gallery Hours:
Mon–Fri: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sat–Sun: 12 p.m.–5 p.m.

…And special congratulations to our very own CCPA intern,
Angélica Ortiz Anguiano (pictured on right).  W
e are very proud of you!


Virtual Networking Events with Alumni and Students

Posted on: April 23, 2015

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CCPA along with Career and Professional Development at Bryn Mawr launched our first virtual networking event for students and alumni. The first event, which took place on April 2, was targeted for individuals interested in careers in public health.  Students and alumni enjoyed short texting conversations with each other.

Here is what participants liked most about the event:

“Learning more about careers in public health.”

“It was more convenient than an in-person networking event.”

“Being able to talk to multiple people for short amounts of time.”

“Gave me a broader outlook on what people do or think about public health.”

“Taking to people who are established in the field.”

“Learning about jobs that alumni have and how they got there and why they chose to be there.”

“Getting suggestions from alumnae about organizations to which I might apply. Also, getting the names of a couple contacts at those organizations.”

So, save these date for upcoming events:

June 10 – Networking for Arts and Culture. Register HERE

July 15 – Networking for Start-ups,Tech and Media

July 22 – Resume Reviews for the Classes of 2015-2018

August 5 –  Resume Reviews for the Classes of 2015-2018

More events will be offered in fall 2015.

Disability Disclosure in the Workplace

Posted on: April 16, 2015

By Kari Cooke, CCPA Graduate Assistant

Students and alums with disabilities can find it awkward to determine how much of a role disability plays in their job search; as well as how to discuss their needs for equitable access to ensure they can perform their job tasks with excellence. At heart it is important to keep in mind three things: understanding your rights; determining the best time to disclose your disability; ensuring your accommodations enable equity in the workplace.

1Disability Rights Legislation

There are several pieces of legislation that describe either the rights of people with disabilities, or the role that society, federal agencies, and/or businesses. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 are examples of legislation that attempt to be address the roles of disability in modern era. However, FERPA, HIPAA and TWWIIA deal specifically with privacy and/or transition to the workplace. There are amendments on a few of these pieces of legislation, so it is important to know these pieces of legislation and the impact it will have in terms of your rights in the workplace. Knowing your rights will enable to you to know what is feasible to expect as you go about the job search and start working in new positions.


When to Disclose2

When it comes to the act of disclosure it is important to know what you need. Many times individuals with disabilities who enter the workforce are not fully aware of how different positions may require a different set of accommodations. A great resource to look into is the Job Accommodation Network, found online at askjan.org/

The general rule of thumb with regards to sharing disability in the workplace is to share according to your accommodations needs. If accommodations are needed during the job application process, reach out to the Human Resources department or the operations manager or supervisor (if there is no HR representative/hiring manager/recruiter/etc.) and put in the request for accommodations. If you need accommodations during the interview process, then that is the best time to reach out, and so on and so forth. The key thing to keep in mind: in order to receive accommodations, you will have to disclose your disability.

3Community Support

There may be times in the workplace when accommodations fail to be granted, or leadership is confused about what is required on their part to ensure you have equitable access to providing quality work. Community resources in these circumstances can come from the federal Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (www.eeoc.gov/field/index.cfm). The EEOC assists with discrimination claims, and can help employees and employers understand rules and regulations as they deal with awkward situations. The local/state civil rights departments are another option. Although the departments go by different names in different states, e.g. Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission/New York Commission on Human Rights/Michigan Department of Civil Rights, etc. these departments can be a resource for finding more information about your rights in the workplace and next steps in ensuring you get the accommodations you need. The key to ensuring clarity is to always keep a paper trail of your interactions with supervisors or HR rep (keeping in mind that HR does not work for employees, but for the employer/company), and to be knowledgeable about what rights the laws of the land offer.

The keys to successful interactions are to 1.) Know your rights 2.) Know your workplace 3.) Know what you need, and 4.) Know how to get it.

Fords on Friday: Matt Mansh ’08 Presents LGBTQ Event

Posted on: April 10, 2015

MattHaverford College was fortunate to have Matt Mansh ’08, present on the topic of “Sexuality and Gender Minority Identity Disclosure during Undergraduate Medical Education” this past April 1st. Matt is a fourth year medical student at Stanford University and investigator, LGBT Medical Education Research Group. His two most recent publications in Academic Medicine, The Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges – AAMC include: “Sexuality and Gender Minority Identity Disclosure During Undergraduate Medical Education” and “From Patients to Providers: Changing the Culture in Medicine Toward Sexual and Gender Minorities” where he serves as the lead author for both projects. His presentation included the latest findings based on his research, allowing Haverford students to benefit from cutting edge information coming forth at the intersections of medicinal training and LGBTQ issues. A dynamic presenter, he was engaging during his presentation, with students asking numerous questions based on his research findings as well as ways in which the journey to the medical profession can be influenced by identification.

Matt was very open about his own journey into research. As an undergraduate, he was involved in number of activities including HIV/AIDS volunteer work, student government, admissions, teaching, and peer mentorship. He became interested in LGBT issues while seeing patients both in LGBT-centered primary care clinics in Philadelphia and while working in a sexual health center during his Junior Year Abroad (JYA) at King’s College London’s School of Medicine in the United Kingdom.Matt1

Many thanks to SAGA and Health Advising for serving as lead co-sponsors with CCPA in enabling Matt to present his findings on campus and reconnect with the Haverford Community!

Trust, Concern, And Informational Interviews

Posted on: April 8, 2015

We are so proud to share with you Mara Miller’s Haverford magazine article on the power of the Haverford network! There are so many wonderful stories of Fords coming together and thriving in the professional environment. Haverford students and alumni are looking out for one another, helping each other, and growing together – and these relationships can be the cornerstone to great success. This article is a perfect real-world example of the special and unique qualities of our community; click on the link below to view the magazine directly. Thank you, Mara, for capturing it so well!
Trust, Concern, And Informational Interviews
Mara Miller ’10

Maybe this has happened to you: You’re driving and you peer ahead. Does that bumper sticker have an H on it? You creep closer. Is it Harvard? Hartford? No! Haverford! You pull up, gesturing toward the fender. “I went there!” you mime. The other driver’s eyes light up. What are the chances?

Really low, technically, when you come from a school with   fewer than 15,000 living alumni. But somehow, we find one another—and not only on highways. As alums go from carrels at Magill to corner offices, we tap into a network of accomplished (and friendly) Fords in nearly every professional field. We call, we ask, we give. We connect.AppNexus Portrait

And the connections are career-defining…

Haverford alumni (clockwise from left)
Morgan Kist ’11, Elizabeth Zoidis ’11,
Taylor Burmeister ’09, Caitlin Fitzharris ’10,
and Joe Huttner ’09 all work for
AppNexus in New York City.


Office of Multicultural Affairs: A Privilege Poster Campaign

Posted on: April 6, 2015

Here at the CCPA we welcome the opportunity to show off the creative and hard work being done in other offices on campus! Today we are featuring an initiative from the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA). To learn more about the OMA, visit their website today.


The idea of a privilege poster campaign began last semester (Fall 2014) through the combined efforts of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and Student Activities Office (SAO). Lilly Lavner, the Director of Student Activities and Leadership, forwarded a link ABLE-BODIED- HaverPrivilege #31to a poster campaign on privilege at the University of San Francisco to several students. Inspired by this project, Maria Bojorquez-Gomez ’16 and Melissa Reyes ’15 spearheaded the OMA interns in creating a campaign for our own campus to raise awareness of different types of social and personal privileges.

Thirty-one posters are included in the campaign. The “Recognize Your Haver-Privilege” campaign hopes to generate conversations about how privilege impacts our day-to-day lives and experiences. Students are welcomed to use these posters as a reference for discussions!


The Law School Application: Timeline and Checklist

Posted on: April 1, 2015

Applying to law school generally takes a well-thought-out plan, and because applications are released a full year before you matriculate, applicants generally start the process about 18-24 months ahead of when they plan to attend. This time includes studying for and taking the LSAT. In that time you will have (hopefully) pinpointed your reasons for wanting to go to law school, and made a well-informed and practical decision.

As Haverford students and alumni, you have a valuable resource in the CCPA! We house a pre-law advisor that can help you with every step of the way, from making that initial decision to attend, to sending in that last application, and everything in between.

The Spring before you apply (about 18 months ahead of your first day as a 1L!) is the time of year that students and alumni start to ramp up their law school applications, with the LSAT and administrative components starting to materialize. Below is a check list to help you along the way!

Haverford College – Law School Application Checklist

6-12 Months before you apply
(you will apply one full year before you matriculate into law school)

  • Attend a Pre-Law Orientation or meet with Jennifer Barr
    Appointments made through Emmy Robinson: 610-896-1181
  • Open a free online account with the Law School Admission Council (www.lsac.org).
  • Authorize the release of your information to Haverford for contact info and statistical purposes.
  • Decide on which LSAT you will be taking, if you have not already done so (Feb., June, Oct., Dec.).
  • Create a timeline for yourself, working backwards from the date you would like to matriculate.
  • Prepare for and registrar for the June LSAT (if necessary).


  • Subscribe to the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
    This is a fee based service and required to apply to law school.
  • Request Letters of Recommendation or Evaluation Services from Faculty or others.


  • Take the June LSAT(if scheduled).
  • Have official transcripts sent to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
  • Conduct research on law schools.
  • Review applications and brochures.
  • Research, visit, and select appropriate range of law schools.
  • Prepare personal statement.
  • Meet with Jennifer Barr as needed, telephone appointments are available through # above.
  • Check-in with your letter of recommendation writers / evaluators.
  • Request a Deans Certification for schools that require it (only 8 schools require).
  • Prepare for and registrar for the October LSAT (if necessary).
  • Sign up for a CRA Account (Candidate Referral Service) through LSAC.
    Schools will recruit you and possibly send application fee waivers.


  • Take October LSAT (if necessary).
  • Request a Dean’s Certification for schools that require it (if not yet requested).
  • Attend Law School Information Sessions with admission officers from various law schools.
  • Attend the Philadelphia Law School Fair (held annually at Drexel), or Fairs in other cities.
  • Confirm your application materials/File is complete at LSAC.
  • Apply to an appropriate range of law schools. The EARLIER you apply, the better!
  • Applications become available between September 1 – October 1
  • Prepare for and registrar for the December LSAT (if necessary).


  • Complete and file financial aid applications – very early winter.
  • Send an updated transcript with Fall term grades to LSAC if needed.
  • Take the December LSAT (if necessary).


  • Meet with Jennifer as needed & as you hear from schools.
  • Talk with Haverford Law Alumni about various schools they attended.
  • Join the HC Law Alumni LinkedIn Group.
  • Send continued-interest letters to any wait list schools.
  • Visit Law Schools as you hear acceptances/Attend Accepted Student days.
  • Pay your seat deposit by law school deadline.

Fords on Friday: Career Tips from David Wessel, HC ’75

Posted on: March 27, 2015

Last Saturday Haverford College held it’s first annual Public Policy forum with great success. The speakers, panelists, poster presentations and everyone in attendance was enthusiastic and impressive… and we were busy taking notes! Below are some career tips from out keynote speaker, Haverford alum David Wessel. Thank you, David!
Career Tips from David Wessel, the keynote speaker from the Public Policy Forum

1. Do what you want to do, not what your parents want you to do. You don’t have the perfect job right away; the first job is just a first step. One alum said today that in the 16 years he has been out of college he has had 14 jobs at 8 organizations. And his job moves, which seem so logical when he recounts them, only made sense in hindsight.  Opportunities arose, and his interests helped him look for new opportunities

2. Find something you enjoy.
  • Our time is important, so enjoy what you do; oh sure, not everyday is great and there are always hassled, But most of his  time at The Wall Street Journal, David enjoyed going to work. 
3. There is no point in taking a job if you are not going to learn something
  • learning does not end after Haverford
  • in each job, you should keep learning
4. It is important to find a job where you can find a way to have control over your time and to influence things
  • This won’t happen in your first job. There will be some things you have to do in a job that might not be the most exciting. However, there are ways to control your time and make an influence. David looks back at his time at the WSJ, and he wrote things that would not have appeared had he not been there; he believes he made a difference.
5. Your colleagues are important
  • WSJ was a family. You develop bonds with colleagues, you work closely with them and you make important contributions with them.
  • In a good job/ good organization, you have mentors, peers, and proteges.  Be mindful of the different roles you play.
6. It is more satisfying if you feel you can make a difference in the work you do
  • There are basically two ways to change the world:  the first, is one on one, one individual at time;  the second way is to focus on bigger societal issues.  Figure out the best way you want to make that difference.  
7. As the Quaker phrase states, ‘Speak Truth to Power’
  • The Honor Code is so valuable and helps us bring ethics in the workplace.  It is important to treat others respectfully, which I also learned from the Honor Code.
  • You gain a sense of what right.  Practice ethics on the little things, as well as the big things, and stand up for what is right.
8.  Give Credit
  • David said he enjoyed getting credit for his work. That’s natural. People like to know when they have done things well.  Don’t forget to give others credit – when others do a good job or when they do good things for others.
9. Beyond the job itself, you need to have time for family, friends, and things outside of work.
  • You need to set boundaries; your employers often won’t. This is particularly important if you have kids. 
10.  Money does matter.  Be explicit to yourself about choices you make.
  • Be open with yourself and with your partner about choices you make.  
  • Money is not secret to happiness, but think about consciously about your choices and options.  
From the vantage point of 40 years after graduate, David said four our aspects of Haverford stuck with him: rigor of thought, the importance of community, a sense of purpose and a strong ethical compass. He David quoted Bruce Agins ’75. “Haverford didn’t point me to my career. It prepared me for it.” One alum in the audience offered his three-part recipe for a satisfying career: 1) intellectual engagement, 2) passion, 3) fun.