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 2014 CP Heads: Divya Shiv and Andrew Shook
Customs 2014 CP Committee: Abby Hester, Cora Johnson-Grau, Jason Haas, Katie Lee, and Rachel Grunden
The Ambassador for Multicultural Awareness exists to provide cultural perspective to the freshmen. AMAs will help the freshmen with their transition into the existing cultural norms at Haverford. The AMA program was designed to provide the freshmen class with the understanding and confidence needed to function well at Haverford while emphasizing the freshmen's unique traits. This mode of engagement will allow them to contribute to the strengthening of diversity and multiculturalism at Haverford. The AMA will plan fun, yet culturally engaging activities, both on and off-campus. They will therefore be responsible for introducing freshmen to the multicultural organizations and activities on campus, and engaging them in community service opportunities. Additionally, AMAs are charged with breaking the “Haverbubble” by leading open dialogues around cultural events on campus, and relating them to global issues.
Apply to be an AMA for the Class of 2018
Customs 2014 AMA Heads: Sherilyn Galvez
Customs 2014 AMA Committee: Sergio Diaz, Alesia Lujan-Hernandez, Sam Givertz and Ope Martins
Upper Class Advisors (UCAs) support the academic advising of First-Year Faculty Advisors. UCAs are juniors or seniors who live on a first-year hall and are trained to support first-years as they navigate academic life at Haverford, including academic requirements, academic departments, and course selection. UCAs are an integral member of the entire 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 training 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 an application letter stating your qualifications (academic and otherwise) and reasons for your interest in a UCA position. Also include the names of two Haverford or Bryn Mawr faculty members who may be called upon as references. This application letter should be addressed to Dean Michael Martinez and submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than midnight on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014. 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. Check with Dean Martinez if you believe you have extenuating circumstances preventing you from living in a particular first-year residence. 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 stipulates that all first-year residential buildings are smoke-free spaces. 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.
Peer Awareness Facilitators, in addition to being members of the Customs Team, are 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 Spirituality, 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. PAFs work either in pairs or individually.
Apply to be a Peer Awareness Facilitator for the Class of 2018
Customs 2014 PAF Heads: Seema Doshi and Margaret Duffy
Customs 2014 PAF Committee Members: Ethan Adelman-Sil, Sydney Carson, Josephine Hallar, Eden Heller, Neal Patel
Honor Code Orienteers have a unique position that combines two of Haverford’s greatest strengths—the Honor Code and Customs. Freshmen coming into Haverford will approach the Honor Code with different perspectives and preconceived ideas. The way HCOs introduce the Honor Code impacts the way freshmen will see the Code over their years here, and that part is up to you! HCOs have a particularly unique opportunity because while not every freshman will respond to Customs, every student at Haverford interacts with the Code on a daily basis. 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. HCOs will be yearlong support persons to the freshmen, facilitating discussion and generally being an off-the-hall resource for concerns both academic and personal.
Apply to be an Honor Code Orienteer for the Class of 2018
Customs 2014 HCO Heads: Madeleine Durante and Jeanne Quinn
Customs 2014 HCO Committee: Jess Poling, Emily Berlin, Kylen Solvik, Max Charles and Rachel James