Though the season may have passed, the sentiments of the holidays remain. Holiday season was upon us at Haverford House! On Halloween we held a special haunted house for neighborhood kids, complete with cookie decorating and pin the hat on the witch! Project H.O.P.E. was in full holiday swing with Thanksgiving outreaching and Christmas decorations. And it was great to start the new year remembering the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. along with my fellow Philadelphians.
As the year almost comes to the end, my Haverford House project has been in the works. I am currently working to bridge the gap between alumnae of color and womxn of color, currently attending Haverford. In October, I hosted a Women of Color Brunch with fellow alumnae of color from the Philadelphia area. It was a successful event with several alumnae of color attending. Good conversations over good food. Several alumnae spoke with current students to discuss their experience at Haverford and their trajectory thereafter.
Last month, in November, I invited the Women of Color group to come visit Haverford House. We had an important discussion about race on Haverford’s campus especially in light of the BlackOut event hosted by the Black Student League.
These past two weeks we had the pleasure with two representatives of the CPGC donors.
David and Cecilia were both very interested in the work we are pursing while at Haverford House. It was great to speak about our fellowship experience as well as the hard work we’ve put in during our time so far.
Both conversations left us with full bellies.
Thank you for all of your support, David and Cecilia! We hope to see you again soon.
After a month of coming and goings at Haverford House, September is finally here. In August, we hosted 24 students from the Trico program, letting them know about our project while learning about their interests in the social justice field. We bonded over copious amounts of pizza and salad while getting them excited for their upcoming freshmen year at the ford.
This month we also hosted Devon van Dyke ’14 and Siena Mann ’14 will be going abroad with the aid of the CPGC to pursue social justice issues. Siena will be working in Mexico City at a quaker organization known as Casa de los Amigos. Devin, will be going to Hyderabad, India to work with Solidarity and Action Against the HIV Infection in India (SAATHII). If you are interested, their blog posts can be found here. Chloe Tucker held a departure dinner at her amazing place (which also happened to be farm51!). We will miss Sienna and Devon and we wish them all the best of luck to them and their fellowships!
Sometimes our workdays get stressful, so its always nice to come home to good friends and have a little fun. Caya, Max and Ian like to play Settlers of Catan, a game I’m sure some of you readers also enjoy! The game seems to get intense pretty quickly because the three of them are constantly yelling about sheep or bricks (I’m still learning about the game), so its a good thing they always keep some calming tea nearby.
Hi! My name is Alexandra, and I am spending this year working at Puentes de Salud, which serves South Philadelphia’s growing Latino immigrant community. I work specifically with Puentes Hacia el Futuro, a program that supports the educational achievement of this community’s children. My first 6 weeks involve running a summer literacy enrichment camp, based on a fantastic bilingual curriculum written by last year’s fellow, Jemma Benson. So far I absolutely love my job! The curriculum is divided into 6 topics, and weeks one and two focused on food and then art. We are learning and practicing reading strategies and then creating our own original pieces of writing as inspired by the work of figures like Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Carmen Lomas Garza, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo. Next week is focused on ‘nature,’ complete with a field trip to a local land conservancy!
Below is a picture of the Puentes de Salud model for collaborative and community-based health.
More updates and photos to come!
Today we had a visit from some amazing incoming Haverford freshmen! The freshmen are a part of the Chesick program, which services incoming students who are either first generation or from under-resourced backgrounds. The Chesick scholars were friendly and excited for their upcoming year at the ‘ford. We had the opportunity to eat yummy Indian food together at the New Delhi restaurant.
After two weeks of running around Philadelphia and settling into our new jobs, we can finally sit down and blog about our first weeks living in Philly.
Our first week was jammed-packed with excursions all around Philly, some of them including: bike riding in West Philly, a tour of South Philly, a visit to the Paul Robeson House, and several meetings on communal living. Oh, not to mention eating out in a bunch of awesome restaurants! We spent most of our time getting to know each other as well.
Tune in for upcoming posts about our placements!
Last Thursday the Haverford House Fellows had the honor of hosting President Weiss for dinner. Jemma cooked a wonderful baked spinach and sausage pasta. We shared our work with Dan and also heard about his vision for the upcoming school year. We thoroughly enjoyed Dan’s company and hope he visits again soon!
On April 27, a mash-up of Immigration Field Study participants, Puentes Adolescent Empowerment Program students, Haverford House fellows and friends attended the play “Down Past Passyunk” thanks to the support of the CPGC. “Down Past Passyunk,” put on by the InterAct Theater Company, was an original play by A. Zell Williams that told the story of the collision of immigrant communities old and new in South Philly, as told through the story of the owner of a cheesesteak restaurant. (Sound familiar?!) It was so cool to see a play about the places we are everyday– the play started with the sounds of the 47 bus heading down into South Philly which is the bus I take to work! Afterward, we actually got to meet A. Zell Williams, and one of the 7th graders let him know that his play was “awesome.” The middle school students and the immigration field study participants were thrilled to see each other again, and we headed to Shake Shack (a free coupon came in our programs!) to discuss the play afterwards.