Cultural & Ethnic Student Organizations
The Office of Multicultural Affairs offers monetary support for multicultural student organizations and individuals, including, students, faculty, and administrators who wish to co-sponsor and/or organize programs and events reflective of the office's mission to social justice and diversity.
Students Council Officer of Multiculturalism: Maria Bojorquez-Gomez
ALAS: Alliance of Latin/Latin American Students
The goal of the Alliance of Latin American Students is to raise awareness on the different Latin American cultures within the Haverford community and more importantly, to increase the appreciation of these various cultures. These goals are exemplified though the many activities that the club sponsors. Some of our activities are La Fiesta and Bohemian night. La Fiesta is a dance where a live band and DJ play Latino music such as salsa and meringue. The Bohemian night is an old tradition that we are trying to revive where students and professors gather to recite poetry of Latin American authors such as Pablo Neruda and Alfonsina Storni. In general, we are just trying to expose Latinism to the Haverford community. During our weekly meetings we discuss issues that affect Latinos both in the U.S. and abroad.
ASA: Asian Students Association
Asian Students Association (ASA) is an affinity group at Haverford College whose mission is to represent and promote the Asian and Asian American student community. We meet once per week to discuss issues facing the Asian and Asian American community on and off campus, plan future events, and act as a support group for our members. We strive to strengthen alliances with other affinity groups at Haverford and with our counterparts at Bryn Mawr College and Swarthmore College.
BSL: Black Students League
The Black Students League is devoted to the enrichment of Haverford's community. Therefore everyone is invited to join. We pledge to stimulate dialogue and heighten awareness about issues in the Black community, within the college and in the wider world of Africa and the Diaspora and to enlighten the community about the rich cultural heritage of our people. It is believed that by educating both ourselves and others around us, we can provoke positive action and personal development. Meetings are held in the Black Cultural Center.
ISA: International Students Association
ISA aims to provide a support system for international students at Haverford College, and helps ease their transition to life at Haverford and in the US. We also plan the International Students' Orientation along with the Office of Multicultural Affairs. For the current international students at Haverford, ISA organizes regular outings in the form of educational and cultural trips into the historic city of Philadelphia and neighboring areas. A series of International Cultural Immersion Events are organized to improve the cultural awareness on campus, such as ISA EXPO, Karaoke Night, Tasty Bite, Cultural Show and so on. ISA also acts as a resource for prospective international students and those who have gained admission to Haverford College, answering their questions and addressing their concerns and needs. Meetings are held on alternate weeks and all are welcome. We wholeheartedly invite all people who are interested in international issues and wish to spend time with international students in an informal setting to come join us.
JSU: Jewish Student Union
The Jewish Student Union of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges provides religious, educational, and social opportunities for Jewish (and non-Jewish) students in the Bi-Co. We hold weekly Shabbat services, numerous social events, and holiday observances and festivities. All of these activities are open to everybody from both colleges—regardless of religious affiliation or background.
JSU is run almost entirely by students from both campuses, with the help of a Jewish advisor, and in conjunction with Hillel of Greater Philadelphia. We're always looking for additional student participation to make our wonderful organization even better. We'd love to see you at our next event!
For more information, please contact: Ian Gavigan
Meetings are Wednesdays at 7:00pm in the Jones JSU Lounge and Shabbat Services are on Fridays at 6:30pm, followed by Shabbat dinner at 7:30pm.
KSA: Bi-CollegeKorean Students Association
The purpose of this organization is to act as a resource for the Bi-College Korean American student community, and to provide a space for networking through community activism and cultural events. The organization also strives to raise awareness of Korean and Korean American culture within the Bi-College student community.
KSA meets three times month on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. They mainly communicate through email and facebook.
MSA: Muslim Students Association
MSA is an organization setup to serve Muslim students' needs and promote the awareness of Islam on campus. It is a bi-college organization with Bryn Mawr College with meetings on both campuses. Non-Muslim students are very welcome to attend our meetings as well. Some of our activities include Ramadan Dinner, Eid dinner, speakers, interfaith dialogue, community service and dinner outings.
Contact MSA for more information on their weekly dinners.
For more information, please contact: Sofi Javed.
REACH (Multicultural Discussion Group)
REACH aims to bring together a diverse group of students to discuss complex issues of culture. The goal of these discussions is not to change a participant’s position, but to encourage him or her to consider the implications of differing beliefs, and to appreciate the complexity of others’ views.In order to respond to the breadth of diversity encompassed by the individuals at Haverford, REACH seeks to address a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and socio-economic class; and to explore the intersections between these topics. As a result, we hope to create a space that acknowledges and welcomes people of multiple and overlapping affinities.
For more information on meeting times and events, please contact: Ope Martins.
SAGA: Sexuality and Gender Alliance
Sexuality and Gender Alliance is a student organization that seeks to address the needs of LGBTQ students and their allies and to educate the community about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity . SAGA holds weekly meetings, which will be announced shortly on the Student Activities page, in the SAGA Lounge in Jones Basement, which are open to everyone and consist of discussions, activities, and planning for events. It also maintains open SAGA Lounge hours some days of the week for students to access the queer library. In addition to being a peer support network for students of all sexualities and gender identities, SAGA sponsors and organizes both Out Week and Pride Week, as well as parties, dances, and outings to Philadelphia.
For more information, please contact: Kenzie Throp.
SAS: South Asian Society
The South Asian Society is an association of students with origins from the Indian subcontinent. SAS strives to create a greater awareness of self-identity to the members of the club as well as increase awareness of the South Asian presence on campus. SAS consists of a diverse group of students who celebrate their own heritage and traditions but also participate in a broader scale of campus-wide and community events. By means of cultural discussions and events, SAS intends to create a space of comfort for students of South Asian descent to ensure their enjoyment and success at Haverford.
Contact the co-heads below for meeting time.
SOA: Sons of Africa
WOC: Women of Color
Women of Color is an organization funded with the intent of being a ready support system for women at Haverford College. Women of Color hopes to provide support mainly in three areas: Academically, Socially and Spiritually so that our members can have a group with whom they may express their individual and collective concerns.
Currently, there are no co-heads.