My name is Evan Moon (he/him/his), and I’m a rising junior currently working in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. I’m here to introduce you to an amazing opportunity that is the 2019 Summer Social Justice Institute! (www.haverford.edu/multicultural-affairs/summer-social-justice-institute)
SSJI is a pre-orientation program done in collaboration with Swarthmore that centers around themes of identity, power, privilege and social justice. It aims to create an intentional community of interested first-years and introduce them to the broader dimensions of oppression and activism on Haverford and the society at large. It fosters an inclusive and safe space where participants explore their diverse experiences, engage in difference and allyship, and furthermore build critical coalitions and solidarity within our communities.
It’s a great opportunity to build connections with invested peers before Customs and to be equipped with tools to navigate your first year in college with a unique perspective of social justice. In the past, students who went through SSJI have continued on to do amazing works on campus through activism, affinity groups, and student government. If that’s not enough to convince you, it’s a chance to move-in early to make friends, with the program cost covered by the College!
The application (forms.haverford.edu/view.php?id=644199) is due June 15th, so if you’re interested, please take a look! You don’t need any prior knowledge or experience around social justice – we are looking to create an inclusive group that is welcoming to diverse experience and background.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the OMA (Theresa Tensuan, email@example.com, and Ben Hughes, firstname.lastname@example.org). We look forward to meeting you!