Programs: Haverford House - Fellows
Meg Bishop '12
Home Town: New York, New York
Placement: This year I will have the opportunity to work at Community Partnership School (CPS), an independent elementary school serving low-income families from North Philadelphia. As the Enrollment and Placement Associate, my primary responsibilities will include supporting CPS alumni and their families as they transition into middle school, coordinating mentorship programs for both students and their caregivers, and maintaining strong relationships between alumni middle schools, students, and their families.
Haverford House Project: My project is to develop and coordinate an athletic enrichment program for fourth and fifth graders at Community Partnership School, taught by current members of Haverford's Women's and Men's Ultimate Frisbee teams. This project is an opportunity to practice collaboration, self-governance, and mutual respect in a fun and spirited context that allows students to carry such values into their classrooms and larger communities.
Emily Dix '12
Concentration: Peace, Justice, and Human Rights
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Placement: I’ll be working as a Development Specialist at Community Partnership School (CPS), an independent elementary school that serves low-income students in north Philadelphia. My job is to keep a pulse on everything going on in the school so that I can update the website with stories about current happenings at the school and send out a quarterly newsletter. I’ll also be coordinating the volunteer program and assisting with other development office projects related to building up the school’s web presence, grant writing, and fundraising.
Haverford House Project: While at Haverford, I had the opportunity to take a CPGC-sponsored course taught in a jail, in which Haverford students and incarcerated men together explored the philosophy of restorative justice. As my Haverford House project, I hope to build on the work of a past fellow, Emily Bock, to get current Haverford students involved in the Restorative Justice Project at Graterford Prison. Students can contribute to this project by offering grant-writing support and helping the men access outside resources on restorative justice, and in the process they will learn more about this approach to conflict resolution and issues related to the criminal justice system and incarceration.
Molly Minden '12
Major: Political Science
Home town: Madison, Wisconsin
Placement: I am working as a paralegal in the Employment Unit of Community Legal Services. Primarily, this means that I work with people who have criminal records to try to help them confront the challenges to finding stable employment. This means a combination of helping them to clean up their records as much as possible to help make them better employment candidates, as well as advocacy and helping them understand laws. In other cases, I work with clients who are owed wages or who are facing workplace discrimination.
Haverford House Project: I am working on a three-part project around the theme of collateral consequences of criminal records. This includes a reading group at Haverford, a film screening of the excellent documentary "Broken on All Sides", and student involvement in the Philadelphia 'Pardon Me' clinic, to work with people in the rigorous process of applying for Pennsylvania pardons.
Peter Sacci '12
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland
Placement: I will be working as a public health fellow at the Center for Public health Research based at Lankenau Hospital. I will be engaged in both clinical and public health research along with the accompanying grant proposal writing and research design. The Center is sponsoring projects in injury prevention and healthcare disparity across the four acute care hospital of Main Line Health, so I will split time between those locations.
Haverford House Project: I envision an experiential learning project for students interested in public health and healthcare delivery. Students will have the opportunity to shadow physicians and learn about public health concerns from first hand observation. They will also provide basic services like charting, taking histories, and doing other tasks that free up time for physicians and nurses.
Beatriz Sanchez '12
Concentration: Latin American and Iberian Studies
Home Town: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Placement: I will be working as a community-based research fellow at the Center for Hunger-Free Communities, which is part of Drexel University’s School of Public Health. First, I will spend some time conducting interviews with caregivers of young children as part of the Children’s Health Watch Project. I will also be conducting interviews for an in-depth study on childhood stress and the inter-generational experiences of hunger, violence and poverty. Finally, I will assist in the organization of events for Witnesses to Hunger, a program that facilitates participation of mothers who know poverty first-hand in the national dialogue on hunger.
Haverford House Project: I hope to implement a digital story project that utilizes the College’s technological resources to link the Haverford and Philadelphia communities. A digital story is a short, first person video-narrative that combines recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds. The stories can be based on Philadelphia residents’ life experiences or students’ experience while volunteering. This project has the power to raise awareness of a particular issue and be a reflexive exercise for the narrator.
Elizabeth Wingfield '12
Home town: Middleburgh, New York
Placement: I will be working at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), an organization whose mission is to provide “high quality, creative legal services, advice and referrals for eligible low income people.” I will be a paralegal in their family law unit, helping my clients navigate the Philadelphia legal system by giving information and advice.
Haverford House Project: For my project, I want to make Haverford students more aware of the issues the homeless face in Philadelphia by getting them in discussion with advocates, policy makers, and the homeless themselves. This will likely take the form of partnering with classes studying the issue of homelessness, but I hope that elements of my project will be made available to the wider Haverford community as well.