With a fond farewell to our predecessors, hello from Haverford House 2016-17!
For those of you who made it through Callie’s goodbye post without succumbing to tears of nostalgia, I’d like to introduce the new Haverford House fellows:
From back left to bottom right, this is Itzél Delgado, Michaela Ward, Kaziah White, Tamar Hoffman, Anthony Marqusee (me), and Katie Rowlett.
This picture was taken at the end of a fun but sweltering orientation week led by Dan and Callie from last year’s cohort. In addition to getting to know the neighborhood, we went on a bike tour of west Philly with Parker and visited the house where Paul Robeson spent his retirement.
The next week we started our job placements. You can read more in our short biographies, but Kaziah and Itzél are spending the year as paralegals working on family law and farmworker advocacy, respectively, at Philadelphia Legal Assistance; Katie is joining the University City Science Center as a programming assistant and laboratory support fellow; Tamar and I are paralegals in the housing and employment units at Community Legal Services; and Michaela is a fellow working on school funding issues at the Education Law Center.
As of this writing we are three weeks into our jobs and starting to get the hang of things. Katie recently led a group of local middle schoolers in a series of food science experiments and Itzél began preparing to give a presentation on tax rights and responsibilities for migrant farmworkers.
At home we are also settling in and enjoying the summer in Philadelphia. We have made good use of the local farmer’s market and a group of us have plans to go kayaking next week. With the Democratic National Convention in town, several fellows also recently exercised their political sides: Kaziah canvassed with Planned Parenthood, and Michaela attended the DNC on Wednesday night, where she saw speakers including Michael Bloomberg, Tim Kaine, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama.
For now we are continuing to balance learning the ropes at our jobs with enjoying our time off and bonding as a house. Happy summer everyone!