Meet Your 2020–21 Students’ Council Representatives – The Clerk

Although many Students’ Council members are approaching the tip of their time period, for the advantage of posterity, The Clerk has requested all elected members for the candidacy statements they circulated once they ran for his or her positions final spring or final fall. Read on to get to know your representatives and the concepts they campaigned with:

Co-Presidents: Evan Moon ’21 and Dex Coen Gilbert ’21

Hi everybody! We are Evan ’21 (he/they) and Dex ’21 (he/him) and we’ve been serving because the Interim Student’s Council Co-Presidents since final spring. Over the summer season, we labored extensively with the administration to assist set up the rules round COVID, and hosted city halls and public varieties to assemble scholar questions and advocate for transparency from the faculty.

However, a very powerful facet of this work is a continuing effort to reimagine how Students’ Council can assist BIPOC and different marginalized college students by each initiatives and holding the administration accountable. We have modified the committee appointments course of to require candidates to learn BSRFI’s Open Letter and replicate on how they’ll advocate for Black college students and people whose voices have historically been absent on Haverford’s committees. We’ve been working with President Raymond to listen to and additional advocate for the faculty’s response to the Open Letter, and with Provost Strong-Leek to ascertain a system for college students to report marginalizing experiences within the classroom to carry professors accountable.

Despite our work over the summer season, there have been many limits in what we may do on account of our interim place, in addition to not having the complete Students’ Council with us. As Co-Presidents, we will probably be dedicated to supporting the council and scholar governance with precedence on advocacy for marginalized college students. As earlier council members, we’re conscious of the privileged “neutrality” that council has typically taken upon issues that straight impression our neighborhood. This 12 months, there isn’t any room to be impartial or passive. We are dedicated to proactively work with you all to maintain us protected from the pandemic, and actively construct an anti-racist, inclusive scholar neighborhood. We hope you take into account giving us the prospect to proceed and higher that work.

Co-Vice Presidents: Margaret Chen ’21 and Katie Chung ’21

Margaret Chen ’21. No picture supplied for Katie Chung ’21.

Hello! We are Margaret Chen ’21 and Katie Chung ’21 and we’re excited to run as your Co-VPs!

We know first hand how irritating the method is in attempting to enact change on this campus. There are so many overlapping committees on campus that it’s tough to get entangled and even establish the suitable one. Their mission statements are each related and obscure to the purpose that they’re inaccessible. Even the extra well-known committees have their progress hidden in lengthy emails or are usually not shared with the neighborhood.

As your Co-VPs, we hope to make participation in these committees extra accessible by simplifying and clearly differentiating them. We acknowledge the good work completed by a lot of our fellow friends and we additionally know that they’ve fought towards pointless, institutional boundaries which have slowed down or not supported their work. We hope to take away these boundaries for college students who search to alter points on Haverford’s campus by actively reaching out to all scholar communities in ways in which received’t be buried or misplaced in emails. As we’re distant this 12 months, we additionally really feel that the necessity to present a platform the place committees could be extra clear about their previous work and future initiatives is much more vital.

With our collective work on Student Council, CER, PARC, the Student Life Office, Athletics and Community Task Force, ResLife, Customs, Council on Sustainability and Social Responsibility, and so on, we consider we’re able to push these initiatives into motion. As Student Council members, we hope to make sure that all voices are heard and included by deliberately creating extra accessible avenues to uplift scholar work and supply actionable assist.

Co-Treasurers: Rasaaq Shittu ’23 and Lisette Pham ’23

Hello everybody! We are Rasaaq (he/him/his) and Lisette (she/her/hers), and we’re two keen rising sophomores working to be your Co-Treasurers. The means of managing funds for a membership or group is undoubtedly tough. We perceive that one of many greatest boundaries to a membership’s success is tackling the monetary challenges and dilemmas that may come your method. As your Co-Treasurers, we wish to help you in overcoming these budgetary hurdles.

Students, significantly these from underrepresented backgrounds, have traditionally confronted disparities which have obstructed the financial entry they deserve. Regardless of your expertise with budgetary affairs or degree of economic literacy, the empowerment that comes from placing cash to work ought to by no means be barred from you. As POC, we perceive the huge hole of information on budgeting affairs between those that are and who are usually not marginalized. We plan to bridge this hole and empower individuals to enhance and develop their respective communities, and the campus as an entire.

Transparency is central to our philosophy of how cash must be managed. The pathways wherein funds are distributed are a thriller to many college students; uncovering the cloud over key monetary information stands as considered one of our final targets. We plan to carry informative workplace hours remotely with a view to present budgetary help and demystify Haverford’s varied streams of funding. We consider the scholar physique has been ignored of the loop, and we plan to deliver you again in the place you rightfully belong.

Co-Secretaries: Ella Namour ’23 and Amolina Bhat ’23

Hi! We are Ella Namour ’23 and Amolina Bhat ’23 and we’re your Student Council Co-Secretaries this 12 months! We ship out the weekly consensus each Monday morning and take the minutes throughout each assembly. Both of us strongly consider within the significance of transparency particularly in terms of being a liaison between the Student Council and the better scholar physique which is why we initially ran for the co-secretary place.

We each have skilled expertise with writing heavy organization-based jobs and managerial positions. This 12 months, Amolina has been a co-manager of the Cantor Fitzgerald Art Gallery on campus which, just like the co-sec place, entails weekly replace emails in addition to communication between our affiliate director and our basic employees members. Ella has been working in stage administration and theater administration for a number of years, in positions that require expertise like noting and organizing massive our bodies of documentation and facilitating communication between totally different departments. Additionally, the 2 of us work collectively in an expert capability on the Spotlight Board, are nicely acquainted with our respective working types, and we’ve been very profitable working collectively on initiatives up to now. We are very approachable individuals and are additional dedicated to creating ourselves reachable about any issues a member of our neighborhood could have.

Officer of Academics: Fiona Kegler ’21

Hello! I’m Fiona (she/her/hers – ’21) and I’m working to be your subsequent Officer of Academics. I’m eager to serve on Student’s Council on this position as a result of I consider that there’s a lot to be modified about Haverford’s method to lecturers. I feel that we should start to separate ourselves from what we predict we have to be to fulfill the arbitrary and elitist requirements of academia that are inherently rooted in white supremacy. I acknowledge that clearly I won’t be able to make this alteration in a time period on this position, however I do promise to all the time do my finest to behave in service of this objective.

In this position a few of my ambitions are to:

  1. Encourage an growth of the position of syllabi to incorporate, however not restricted to, clear tracks for addressing micro-aggressions carried out by the professor and college students within the classroom, avenues for direct suggestions to the professor, and a dedication to not hail standardized English above different languages and English dialects.
  2. Require Professors to make supplies required for sophistication extra accessible (as most have proven that is very attainable this semester).

Most importantly I promise to hearken to the scholar physique and advocate so that you can the College with ardour and with out reservation.

As a employee within the OAR and Writing Center I’ve a stable and sensible grasp on easy methods to work successfully inside these places of work and hopefully subsequently extra broadly with different tutorial directors. It could be an actual honor to serve on our council on this position, thanks a lot for studying this far!

Officer of the Arts: Lyvia Yan ’23

Hi Everyone! My identify is Lyvia Yan (she/her) and I’m within the Class of 2023.

I’m working for the Officer of the Arts place as a result of I really feel that artwork in all manners of expression—visible, performative, and musical—is integral to a inventive and cheerful neighborhood. This previous summer season, I used to be privileged to be a fellow for the Doculab led by Professor Guzman. I spent months studying about animation, the intersection of id and movie, and easy methods to create a visible narrative. Being a scholar animator gave me perception into how interactive the humanities could be on and off Haverford’s campus. We had been in a position to have supplies shipped to our houses and host workshops and critique classes over Slack and Zoom. Aside from Doculab, I’m a Visual Studies Minor and have had my paintings displayed in Lutnick and the 20/20 Vision exhibition. Outside of campus, I’m a scholar group information on the Barnes Foundation, which is an artwork museum in Philadelphia and have my very own artwork platform. I do know that VCAM is already internet hosting each in-person and on-line workshops, and I’m actually excited to brainstorm concepts and hearken to the neighborhood to listen to the way you all need artwork to be part of your lives.

A pair factors of artwork on campus I hope to additional develop:

  • Increase funding and consciousness in regards to the assets out there whether or not it’s artwork supplies, funding for private initiatives, and/or wants for golf equipment
  • Network with the humanities neighborhood in Philadelphia and get extra artists to come back to campus to share their practices
  • Make James House and VCAM into extra broadly used areas and comfy for all college students, with and with out artwork expertise, to create

Officer of Athletics: Jessica Lopez ’21

Hi everybody! My identify is Jessica Lopez, I exploit she/her/hers pronouns, I’m a senior, Anthropology Major, Health Studies and Economics Minor, and I’m working to be your subsequent Officer of Athletics.

My priorities as Officer of Athletics will probably be to proceed pushing anti-racist agendas throughout the Athletic Department and past. As a Co-Founder and Co-Head of the Athletes of Color Coalition, I’m outfitted with the flexibility, and expertise to work with all coaches, directors, and college students to create and implement initiatives that may produce lengthy lasting, significant, anti-racist change. As a Captain and senior member of the Women’s Track and Field Team, I perceive the athletic expertise at Haverford, and am ready to proceed to have interaction in significant conversations, past my very own group, about how we could be higher college students, teammates, and neighborhood members, right here at Haverford. Lastly, I’ll make myself out there to hearken to you when you might have issues or questions and assist you in no matter could come subsequent. Thank you!

Officer of Campus Life: Erin Martin ’23

Hi everybody. I’m Erin (she/her) and I’m a member of the category of 2023. I’m a Growth and City Structures main and Math minor.

This 12 months has been tough for everybody and it is very important keep social connectedness on campus regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic. My objective as Officer of Campus Life, if elected, is to have enjoyable, protected occasions on campus that everybody will really feel snug collaborating in. In occasions like these it is very important have our neighborhood round to assist us when wanted. I hope to make this coming 12 months as satisfying as this circumstance permits. It is important that we proceed to make one of the best out of this example and I feel I’m one of the best individual to see that occur. As a customs individual, I’ve expertise fostering a enjoyable and protected setting on my corridor. I feel my expertise from customs will higher put together me for this place and the duty of bringing our neighborhood collectively. In addition, as a member of customs, I’ve expertise working with the Director of Student Activities and the Dean of Student Life.

International Student Representative: Kimberly Aguero ’22

Hi, I’m Kimberly Aguero (she/hers/’22) and I’m excited to run for the International Student Representative place! During my time at Haverford, I’ve labored extensively with the International Student Support Office (as a scholar intern?). This has allowed me to develop into aware of varied procedures worldwide college students typically discover complicated and exhausting to grasp (SEVIS, taxes, OPT, SSN utility, and so on.) and, subsequently, I’m excited to assist fellow worldwide college students by clarifying any doubts about these procedures, or work as a liaison between the ISSO workplace and the scholars.

Along with my position in ISSO, I’ve additionally labored with college students by co-founding and steering the International Students Center, a bodily useful resource area to assist worldwide college students. While ISC isn’t energetic on account of COVID this 12 months, I’ve deliberate discussions, occasions, and workplace hours. This has additionally allowed me to work with different worldwide college students organizations similar to ISA and I-Domo on initiatives just like the Fall Break Pantry. Moreover, I labored with first 12 months college students as a CP and gained expertise facilitating discussions and inclusive dynamics, in addition to supporting college students’ well-being—expertise and property I hope to deliver to the work of Students’ Council and this place.

As a global scholar consultant, I hope to advocate for worldwide college students within the faculty’s COVID planning, particularly distant college students in numerous timezones who’re in drawback as a result of EST-centric time schedule of courses and actions, and haven’t been supplied with sufficient assets that may assist lecturers and psychological well being in a digital setting. I’ll achieve this by working with the Students’ Council and places of work such because the OAR and OMA to coordinate programming and assets for worldwide college students. I additionally hope to construct a channel between college students and ISSO by holding common workplace hours the place college students can deliver questions, issues and any suggestions they’ve, and by publicizing occasions and deadlines from ISSO to college students through emails and SNS.

Thank you, and have a terrific weekend!

First-Year Representative: Luka Austin ’24

Hey Y’all, 

It’s been a tough six months. Our technology goes by one thing in contrast to something anybody alive has seen earlier than, and it’s touching each a part of our lives. Some of us have misplaced family members, a number of us have misplaced alternatives and experiences, and we’ve all misplaced the flexibility to come back collectively as a neighborhood in a method that feels proper and regular. Things are shitty they usually’re not going to cease being shitty any time quickly. But we’ve one another, and that’s what I wish to deal with.

As your First Year Rep, I’ll have three predominant community-centric priorities.

  1. Building Interpersonal Bonds: I don’t must let you know that COVID makes social life in school sophisticated. Forming new friendships in a brand new setting whereas additionally having to maintain everybody you meet at arm’s size is unnatural, which is strictly why I consider it’s so necessary to place time and power into deliberately bringing individuals collectively. Whether which means placing more cash into golf equipment that wish to host occasions, or simply getting collectively (safely) on an off-the-cuff foundation, I promise that will probably be my precedence.
  2. Mutual Aid: Coming collectively means serving to one another. Both contained in the Haverford neighborhood and out, there are individuals with wants and individuals who wish to assist. I wish to work with mutual support networks that at the moment exist and assist foster new ones in order that we are able to make certain that we’re caring for college students and college in our neighborhood. 
  3. Racial and Economic Justice: I feel a dedication to anti-racism is the naked minimal. We want to have a look at the provision chains that Haverford consumes from and ensure its cash—our tuition {dollars}—aren’t being spent supporting unethical or racist companies. Plenty of work has been completed, however there’s much more to do, and I promise I will probably be part of it. 

If I’ve earned your vote, vote for me. If not, that’s advantageous. I’m doing this as a result of I care about our neighborhood and I need us to be targeted as a gaggle on the issues that actually matter. If you wish to attain out, give my cellphone a buzz—my quantity is [removed for privacy reasons].

Love and Light,

Lukas “Luc” Austin

Sophomore Representative: Vic Brown ’23

Hello fellow Class of ’23! My identify is Vic Brown and I’m working for Sophomore Representative in Student Council. As Vic Brown, I’m an anime lover, a dabbler within the comedic arts, and a fairly old style nerd. As your Sophomore Rep, I hope to be somebody who’s welcoming and offers assist in any method attainable. I might love to make use of my place to assist unfold pleasure and celebration on this time of heaviness and despair (and midterms!) I’ve already seen our class develop a tremendous sense of neighborhood that I wish to use my place to reinforce, particularly for our digital classmates. And I wish to be the voice of our class, letting Student Council and Haverford College know what it’s you all need and want. My work with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and with the Black Students Refusing Further Inaction has led me to extremely worth transparency and accountability, and so I deliver to you my trustworthy and most dependable self, and promise to make use of this place not as a profit to myself, however as a profit to you all. Thank you!

Junior Representative: Stephen Flanders ’22

What’s up Class of 2022,

My identify is Stephen (He/Him), and I’m working to be your Class Representative. Honestly, that is one thing that I by no means envisioned myself doing at Haverford, however the extraordinary nature of this 12 months has impressed me to serve. In a 12 months as loopy as this one is, we want a Student Council Representative that may push for clear, fixed, and clear communication to maintain you as knowledgeable as attainable. We want a Representative who’s approachable and accessible. We want a Representative who will hearken to and advocate on your concepts, opinions, and wishes. Above all else, we want a Representative who cares aboutyou. Now isn’t the time to elect a Representative with unachievable targets. Now is the time to elect a Representative whose solely mission is that can assist you and our class succeed. I hope you’ll belief me to be that individual.

Senior Representative: Isabel Clements ’21

Hi all!

I’m Isabel Clements, a Poli Sci main, scholar employee, and an enthusiastic chief/member of a number of golf equipment and organizations on campus. You may know me from the quite a few voting initiatives I’ve helped run throughout campus this semester! In these distressing occasions, when the stakes of the election couldn’t be increased however voting is extra laborious than ever, I’ve tried my finest to make it possible for all college students’ voices are heard, and none fall by the cracks in our disorganized electoral system.

While I didn’t plan to run for this place, I used to be nominated by a buddy and selected a whim to provide it a shot! I’ve all the time sympathized with the frustrations of my friends, significantly these arising from a way of insufficient communication by the college administration to college students. Between my varied positions as a membership chief and my time working at a number of human rights organizations in New York and Philly, I’ve realized the significance of dedication, stamina, and energetic negotiation in getting a message throughout to the next authority—and finally seeing to it that such a message results in correct reform. Should you select to elect me, I hope to make use of these expertise in your (and our collective) curiosity!

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