Meet the Bloggers
Marla Dominguez ‘14
Home Town: Bronx, NY
Placement: I will be the Recruitment and Student Support Fellow at Philadelphia Futures, an organization that focuses on providing the tools for college accessibility and success to low-income and/or first generation high school students. I will provide workshops on the importance of attending and graduating from college to inner-city youth.
Haverford House Project: I hope to create a solidarity network between alumni womxn of color and the Womxn of Color support group in order to provide a broader support network in Philadelphia. I think it is especially important for womxn of color to have a stronger support system while also creating change on the perspective of racial issues on Haverford’s campus.
Ian Gavigan ‘14
Hometown: Reading, PA
Placement: I will be the School Funding Research and Policy Fellow at the Education Law, an organization “whose mission is to ensure that all of Pennsylvania’s children have access to quality public schools.” I will conduct research on school funding, primarily in urban areas, and work with a statewide coalition of community organizations, unions, and others seeking to make Pennsylvania’s school funding system more just through a fair funding formula.
Haverford House Project: I aim to support student activists at Haverford develop resources and build power on campus. Additionally, I aim to connect student activists interested in education justice to work happening in Philadelphia and throughout the state on school funding and access.
Alexandra Wolkoff ‘14
Minor: Education Studies
Home town: Vestal, NY
Placement: I will be the Hacia El Futuro (Towards the Future) fellow at Puentes de Salud, an organization that “promotes the health and wellness of South Philadelphia’s rapidly growing Latino immigrant community through high-quality health care, innovative educational programs, and community building.” I will be one of the coordinators of an after-school tutoring program for children in the community and hope to further enhance the quality of their educational programming and community involvement.
Haverford House Project: I aim to support Haverford students in becoming more knowledgeable and active about immigration issues within Philadelphia through continuing to run an ‘Immigration Field Study’ over one of the college’s breaks. Students would have the chance to learn about challenges that immigrants face and efforts for reform. I also plan to serve as an on-site field mentor for students conducting praxis fieldwork with our after-school tutoring program.
Hiba Dhanani ‘14
Concentration: Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
Home Town: Lexington, MA
Placement: I will be working as the Case Manager at Project H.O.P.E. in Camden, NJ. Project H.O.P.E is a small not for profit health clinic which serves homeless and high risk individuals in Camden, NJ. As Case Manager I will work directly with these individuals in facilitating different medical visits, providing patient education and advocating for integrated models of health care, like the Patient Centered Medical Home.
Haverford House Project: I will be organizing a multi-day workshop on urban farming. Students will investigate the food justice movement, and the local food movement as a potential means to address food deserts and community activism in our area. We will work at Haverford’s very own farm, the Agricultural Center for Environmental Studies, as well as visit local urban farms. We will pay special attention to urban farms as a means of supplementing SNAP with nutritious food options and visit produce providing food banks to learn more.
Max Reinhardt ‘14
Major: Growth & Structure of Cities
Minor: History of Art
Home Town: Williamstown, MA
Placement: I will be working as a paralegal in the Public Housing unit at Community Legal Services in Center City. CLS is a non-profit law firm serving low-income clients in civil cases. The housing unit handles landlord-tenant cases. On the public housing side of the unit, the landlord is most often the Housing Authority.
Haverford House Project: I will be organizing a study of spatial segregation in Philadelphia covering issues ranging from homelessness to gentrification to use of public space. Students will have the opportunity to see examples of the physical spaces that shape these issues in person, as well as talk to representatives from neighborhoods where these issues are particularly pertinent and organizations that work with these issues.
Caya Simonsen ‘14
Major: Political Science and Spanish
Home town: Omaha, NE
Placement: My placement is in the Family Law Unit of Philadelphia Legal Assistance. As a paralegal, I will be assisting clients who do not have easy access to legal services with their custody, child and spousal support, and protection from abuse matters. I will also have the opportunity to assist with the Immigrant Women’s Hotline as part of my fellowship position at PLA.
Haverford House Project: I hope to help foster Haverford student involvement in a tutoring program for undocumented students who attend the Community College of Philadelphia. College access for undocumented students is particularly challenging, and this is a unique opportunity for Haverford students to connect with peers at a local college.