Haverford's Annual Fund: Student Life
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) sustains and carries out Haverford's commitment to diversity by supporting student programs, faculty initiatives and curricular innovations that cultivate a vibrant and multifaceted intellectual community. The OMA seeks to work with all those on, and beyond, the Haverford campus who are committed to the collaborative work of building a generative and diverse community. In 2011-2012, Theresa Tensuan '89 became the new director of the OMA.
Customs is Haverford's first-year experience program, which includes a fiveday orientation immediately preceding the fall semester. Customs helps new students begin the college experience by engaging each other in fun and interactive ways that promote a healthy community. It is a time to learn from and about each other's differences, backgrounds and experiences. The yearlong program involves nearly 200 upperclass students supporting, in myriad ways, the freshmen class in their transition to life at Haverford. Customs Groups are formed in each dorm and are supported by one or two Honor Code Orienteers, one Ambassador for Multicultural Awareness and one or two Peer Awareness Facilitators.
The Pre-Health Advising Office, in partnership with Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, sponsored four panels featuring alumni physicians. Students in the Pre-Health Society gathered for both general and themed panels, covering topics such as sports medicine and women and children's health, as well as a general session on practice areas in medicine. Alumni participants included those who work in radiology, orthopedic surgery, obstetrics, neonatology, pediatrics, neurosurgery, pathology, bariatric surgery and emergency medicine.
8th Dimension, Haverford's Office of Community Service, connects students with volunteer opportunities, such as helping newly naturalized citizens register to vote and coordinating "Alternative Spring Break" when students can participate in builds with Habitat for Humanity.
The Office of International Academic Programs encourages students to spend a semester or year abroad as part of their Haverford education. Fifty international study programs in 37 countries are available to Haverford
Quaker Community (QuaC), formerly known as the Quaker Actions and Activities Committee, is open to all Haverford (and Bryn Mawr) students, regardless of religious or spiritual affiliation. QuaC encourages the formation of a deeper Quaker community by supporting interest in Quakerism and coordinating Quaker activities.