Welcome, Class of 2016!

Hello from the Haverford College Women’s Center!
Congratulations on starting your freshman year here at Haverford. We imagine that you have a lot of concerns and expectations about starting college in the fall. We wanted to introduce ourselves as a resource on campus. We are here to answer your questions and provide support; we offer an open center where you can come to relax, and we put on a number of events to help the community think about the impact of gender and sexuality on our campus and in the world.
The Women’s Center is a space in the Campus Center (Room 209) that is meant for the whole Haverford community. Even though we are a group that focuses on “women’s issues”, the space itself and the events we put on are meant for all people. Everyone is welcome to come use the center and its resources. It is open with regular hours throughout the week, staffed by your peers and directed by Marilou Allen. We offer volunteer opportunities each semester as well as a couple of exciting intern positions. We have an expansive library full of historically important and contemporary works of fiction and nonfiction relating to women’s issues, gender, and sexuality. In addition, this space is open for club meetings and lounging. Check out our bulletin board by the mail room for open hours and availability.
In addition to the physical space of the Center, the student staff puts on several events throughout the year to raise awareness and have fun dealing with the role of women in our community and the broader world. Traditional events such as Sexuality Week, Breast Cancer Awareness, Sexual Violence Awareness Week, HerStory, and SpeakOut are held regularly every year. We attract a wide range of students to our events with many performances, panels, speakers, and programs on campus. Additionally, we are always looking for creative suggestions from the community and invite you to talk to us about your ideas.
All students who work at the Women’s Center are specially trained as Student Assistants for Haverford’s 24-hour rape and sexual assault hotline. This hotline is open to students seeking support or advice either as survivors of sexual violence, friends of survivors, perpetrators, are those with non-personal questions. We are here to listen, and if you feel that you are looking for other forms of support we can put you in contact with resources both on and off campus. We do not pressure the caller into taking a particular course of action, but are here to give information and empower the caller. It’s an aspect of Haverford that is truly unique and students are glad to have.
We hope that this letter has given you a glimpse into what the Women’s Center does on campus. We can’t wait to meet you. Make sure to keep your eyes and ears open to Women’s Center events once you get to campus. Thanks for reading, and have a great rest of the summer!

Warmly,
The Women’s Center Staff :

Sumin Park ’13, Krysten Costley ’13, Gavriella Fried ’14, Emma Marsden ‘13, Sara Landers ’13
Interns:
Abi Moeller ’15, Hannah Klein ’15, Farida Essa ’14, Caleb Wroblewski ’15
Marilou Allen – Director

 

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