The CPGC Café in Stokes was the venue last week for an informal presentation by the 2013-2014 Haverford House fellows. The six recent Haverford grads, all from the Class of 2013, spoke about their experiences as fellows, their placements with Philadelphia social service agencies, and about the opportunity for some current Haverford students to see social justice in action by shadowing them for a week during the winter break.
Sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, the yearlong Haverford House fellowship program was founded by Professor Kaye Edwards 12 years ago to strengthen the relationship between the College and the Philadelphia region. The program provides six graduating seniors with group housing in a West Philadelphia row home, and placements with nonprofit organizations. The fellows work four days a week in their placements and spend their fifth workday on projects that directly engage current Haverford students with urban issues.
This year’s fellows, all from the Class of 2013, include anthropology major Jemma Benson, who is working with Hacia El Futuro (Toward the Future); psychology major Hannah Michelle Brower, who works with the Center for Hunger-Free Communities; chemistry major Sumin Park, whose placement is with Project H.O.P.E.; psychology major Benjamin Van Son, serving with HIAS Pennsylvania; and political science major Bridget Gibbons, and sociology major Michael Riccio, who are both employed with Community Legal Services.
To find out more about life at Haverford House, and the fellows’ plans for engaging Haverford students around such issues as digital literacy, homelessness, restorative justice, immigration, and public health, go to the CPGC webpage and the Haverford House blog.