Eighth Dimension (8D) is Haverford’s community service office. It was founded in 1978 (although the conversation started in 1976) by a group of students, professors and administrators to integrate experiential learning into Haverford’s curricula and culture. The name “8th Dimension” (albeit a little obscure) referred to the seven other academic “dimensions” of a Haverford liberal arts education (natural science, quantitative analysis, social and behavioral sciences, laboratory, history, literature, and field/artistic experience). The founders (including R. Scott Altman ’77, Eric Cullender ’72, Paul Hoffstein ’79, and Robert Waldman ’78) considered service and experiential learning an equally vital component, hence the name. The 8D name not only emphasizes the continued belief in the vitality of public service at Haverford (and the College’s Quaker value of commitment to activism,) but also represents a tradition of collaboration between the student body, faculty, and administration.
- Facilitate opportunities for Haverford students to provide the needed services to the greater Philadelphia area and beyond.
- Support and facilitate both students-run projects and individual endeavors involved in community service.
- Increase the awareness of the need for community service to ensure that a well-rounded education extends beyond the classroom.
- Fall/Halloween themed event open to the children of staff and faculty, and the communities of Ardmore and Haverford
- Hunger Auction (week before Thanksgiving)
- Alternative Spring Break Service Trips (March)
- Easter Egg Hunt (Saturday before Easter) open to the children of staff and faculty, and the communities of Ardmore and Haverford