Customs People are Haverford's alternative to a residential advisor program. Two Customs People live on each freshman hall as part of the yearlong freshmen orientation and serve as resource people for the freshmen. Customs People need to be available 24/7 to act as guides, advisors, mentors, and friends. Customs People need to be adaptable, whether they’re hanging out and having fun with their freshmen or dealing with more serious issues. Customs People will work in tandem with the other customs positions: Peer Awareness Facilitators (PAFs), Ambassadors of Multicultural Awareness (AMAs), Upper Class Advisors (UCAs), and Honor Code Orienteers (HCOs) to help the freshmen become acclimated to the Haverford environment.
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Customs 2013 CP Heads: Kenzie Thorp and Josh Nadel
Customs 2013 CP Committee: Kevin Gillespie, Emily Diaz, Allie DiTucci, Madison Levine, and Thomas Littrell
The Ambassador of Multicultural Awareness exists on the hall to provide cultural perspective to the freshmen as they leave one environment for a new one, helping them put in perspective the backgrounds of their peers, their own backgrounds, and existing cultural norms at Haverford that may differ from those that they are used to. The goal is provide the freshmen with the understanding and confidence needed to function well at Haverford without losing or de-emphasizing what makes them different, enabling them to contribute their own culture to the broadening of diversity and multiculturalism at Haverford. The AMA will accomplish this goal through planning fun activities and events, both on and off-campus, that explore these themes of culture and difference, through introducing freshmen to multicultural organizations and activities on campus, and through facilitating discussions related to multiculturalism.
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Customs 2013 AMA Heads: Kayla Marie Franceschi and Jenna Brower
Customs 2013 AMA Committee: Wilson Sinclair, Jordan Nieusma, Jesus Hernandez, Tiffany Smith, and Suzy Tapia
UCAs are juniors or seniors who live on the hall and are particularly adept at navigating the complicated waters of academic requirements and the academic departments. UCAs work in tandem with the Faculty Advisor in advising first-year students about their class choices. An integral member of the peer support team for new students, UCAs are paired with Customs People, Peer Awareness Facilitators, Honor Code Orienteerers and Ambassadors for Multicultural Awareness to assist first year students with their adjustment to all aspects of life at Haverford.
UCAs are chosen from a wide pool in the spring by a committee including faculty, current UCAs and Deans, and undergo rigorous education to serve as an adviser. UCAs normally attend training programs during the second half of the spring semester, immediately following Commencement, and again in late August before the arrival of the incoming class. If you would like to be considered for a UCA position, you should submit a letter stating your qualifications (academic and otherwise) and your reasons for interest in a UCA position along with the names of two Haverford or Bryn Mawr faculty members who may be called upon as references. This letter should be addressed to Dean Raisa Williams and submitted to her office (Stokes 111) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 28th, 2013. Selection criteria include knowledge of the curriculum, extra-curricular contributions, leadership, and ability in counseling and advising students.
Please note that, to be a viable UCA candidate, you must be able and willing to live in any of the first-year housing areas in Barclay, Gummere, Tritton and HCA. If you do not feel as though you could accept an assignment in all of these areas, please do not apply to be a UCA. Additionally, the Smoking Policy has been amended to reflect that all first-year residential buildings are smoke-free spaces, effective with the Class of 2016. This policy applies to all residents and guests, regardless of class year, and includes spaces such as individual rooms, common rooms, hallways, stairways, bathrooms, etc. Smoking will still be allowed outside of first-year buildings, although the courtyard of Tritton shall be smoke-free.
Please note that, to be a viable UCA candidate, you must be able and willing to live in any of the first-year housing areas in Barclay, Gummere, Tritton, and HCA. If you do not feel as though you could accept an assignment in all of these areas, please do not apply to be a UCA.
Peer Awareness Facilitators, in addition to being members of the Customs Team, are pairs of upper-class students who work with each first-year hall to foster dialog about issues that are important to college students. Ten dialogues take place throughout the course of the year and include topics such as Alcohol and Drugs, Gender, Class, Sexual Health and Practices, Race Relations, Body Image, Sexual Identity and Orientation, Sexual Misconduct, Religion, and Ableism. PAFs also function as off-hall resources for the first-year students and typically help students get in-touch with the many student life offices available.
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Honor Code Orienteers (HCOs) have a unique position that combines two of Haverford’s greatest strengths-- the Honor Code and Customs. For freshmen coming into Haverford, the Honor Code can be intimidating, overly idealistic, or seem like a joke. The way the Honor Code is introduced impacts the way freshmen will see the Code over their time here- As an HCO, that part is up to you! You don’t need to have been on Honor Council or have certain beliefs on the Code to make a great HCO- just a deep interest in the Honor Code’s role in our community and passion for how the Code will be introduced to freshmen.
More than just introducing the Honor Code, however, being an HCO is an important part of the Customs support network for freshmen. You’re there from SupaFun to Primal Scream to the Quaker meeting house to help freshmen feel at home in their new community. In preparation, HCOs will attend weekly trainings during the 2013 Spring Semester. Current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who will be on campus for the 2013-2014 year are eligible and encouraged to apply. HCOs have a lot of flexibility in what they can do both during Customs and throughout the year and we can’t think of a better way to get involved with such an integral part of all freshmen’s Haverford experience!
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Customs 2013 HCO Heads: Samara Flug and Emily Ferguson
Customs 2013 HCO Committee: Jon Allen, Phil Drexler, Natasha Stanley, Idun Klakegg and Ari Giles