Haverford Horizons Leadership Institute
The Haverford Horizons Leadership Institute, or Horizons, is a leadership development program for students who have demonstrated leadership potential in high school. This invitation-only opportunity is designed for students who are first-generation to college, low income, or from backgrounds under-represented in higher education. Students are asked to respond to invitations to attend by June 15, 2020.
Horizons provides you the opportunity to gain a head start on your transition to college life, and connect with classmates and student leaders before Customs begins. The program focuses on developing your strengths as a leader, addresses concerns common among first-generation college students, introduces you to Haverford resources and opportunities, and helps you to build relationships with faculty and staff. Through workshops, activities, and one-on-one advising, you will learn more about how to pursue and enhance your academic, leadership, and professional interests at Haverford. Horizons participants have gone on to serve as Honor Council co-chair, Student Council co-chair, and in other leadership positions at Haverford. Even after the program ends, the experience and friends gained during Horizons will stay with you through your college journey.
There is no cost to participate in Horizons. If you have already made travel arrangements, we may be able to provide financial assistance toward any costs associated with changing your plans so you can participate. Please note: Depending on the COVID-19 pandemic, Horizons may be held remotely in fall 2020. This decision will be made by August 1st. We encourage students to opt for flexible tickets when purchasing travel on airlines, trains, or buses so that you may make changes to the date and time of your trip before departure with no additional fees.
Program Dates: August 18-25, 2020
Registration: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Horizons begins with registration between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. You will move into your school year room when you arrive on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. In order to participate, you must be able to be on campus between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, and attend all Horizons programs.
If you are a pre-season athlete on dates conflicting with Horizons, you will not be able to participate in the program. Nonetheless, please let us know so that we can include you when possible and invite you to MSP events throughout the year.
Student Resource People (SRP)
Horizons SRPs work with faculty and staff to design Horizons and support students in their first year transition.
Tazkia Afra '23
Hi, I'm Tazkia (she/her), I was born and raised in Bangladesh, spent most of my teen years living in NYC and have recently moved to Pittsburgh! I am a sophomore and majoring in Computer Science. I am a publicity coordinator for the Pan-Asian Resource Center (PARC) and a Questbridge scholar. I also work at the Admissions Office as an Access and Diversity Initiative Programmatic Intern (ADI). I had an amazing time attending Horizons my freshman year and I cannot wait to see what this program holds for the Class of 2024!
Saint Asukulu '23
My name is Saint (he/his), a rising sophomore from Philadelphia, PA, but I’m originally from RDC. Although on the Pre-Med track, I’m actually interested in mathematics and I’m looking to pursue a mathematics major and biochemistry concentration. On campus, I am a member of the Men’s Soccer Club. Outside of school, I enjoy playing soccer and going on long bike rides. You will mostly find me on Lancaster Ave on Friday afternoons, biking to UPenn to play pickup soccer. As a past horizonee, I am so excited to be a part of the program again (as a SRP this time).
Hasibe Caballero Gomez '21
I'm Hasibe (she/her), a rising senior from the beautiful Los Angeles, California but I'm originally from San Pedro Sula, Honduras. So proud catracha, willing to hit any Central American spots in Philly with you. I'm a Chemistry Major with an Environmental Science Minor, but outside of that I'm really interested in Latin American history and politics. I'd say I'd spend most of my time at the Coop since I work there, but you can also find me in a lab, the new food pantry (come through!! we have snacks!) or at any ALAS events. If the weather is nice then I'll definitely be outside. Lastly, I'm willing to talk about anything, so don't be afraid to come up and talk to me.
Berlensie Chery '23
Congratulations and welcome to Haverford! I am Berlensie (she/her), a sophomore and a prospective Chemistry major on the premed track. I hold one of the student supervisor positions at the DC and I think the T.V. show Friends is better than The Office. I will support my opinion any day. In case you need some more conversation starters here are a few: Grey's Anatomy, procrastination, coffee, piano/guitar, and Criminal Minds.
Aishah Collison-Cofie '22
My name is Aishah (she/her) and I hail from Stafford, Virginia. I am a past Horizonee and am very excited to be a part of the program again. I am a Sociology major and a Health Studies minor and plan on studying Public Health in the future. On campus, I'm in involved in Iconic (Haverford’s Step Team), BSL (Black Student League), and MSA (Muslim Student Association). I am a skincare fanatic so hit me up if you want to upgrade your skincare routine! I cannot wait to build meaningful experiences with you all.
Marisleysis de la Cruz '23
Don't worry about learning how to pronounce my first name, you can call me Mari (she/her). I grew up in a Dominican household in the Bronx, NY so that gave me a lot of personality. I'm a sophomore planning to major in Computer Science and minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. When I'm not busy doing work, I'm listening to music and eating with my friends. I'm looking forward to creating a fun and meaningful experience for the incoming class!
Luigie Febres '22
Que la que! My name is luigie febres (he/him) class of ‘22 and I’m from Orlando, Florida; 407 for life! I am an Environmental Studies major and an Anthropology minor. If you ever need an escort or check out a book, hit my line. I’ve been a part of the Horizons family for two years and I am so excited to meet the young blood. Follow me on ig @wiltedaloe or email me at email@example.com. Don’t be afraid to hmu (I’m expecting some memes, especially astrology ones, sent my way)!
Erica Kaunang '22
Hey y’all! I’m Erica (she/hers), a junior born and raised in Queens, New York majoring in Anthropology with a double minor in Visual Studies and English. Around campus, I am always excited to talk about your ideas at the Writing Center, gossip over the counter at the Coop, or snack and destress at the OAR. I've taken different classes about social movements, filmmaking, and media and even tried skateboarding, step, and volleyball. I would love to talk about how to explore new interests and have fun both in and out of class. You can also find me at the Womxn of Color House with a bunch of other cool folks, where you're always welcome to come practice self-care with some face masks, join a dance party, or binge a TV show. Over the past two years, Horizons has been my favorite part of my time here and, although the next few years are new and intimidating, I'm excited to meet y'all and get through it together with as much joy and community as possible!
Aszana Lopez-Bell '21
My name is Aszana López-Bell (she/her) and I'm an International Studies Major and Global Asia Studies Minor from Baltimore, MD. Outside of my major I'm interested in language learning, fashion design and sewing, and on campus I'm a part of the BSL(Black Students' League), ALAS (Alliance of Latin American Students) and the new Womxn of Color House. I was a participant in Horizons my first year and have been an HSRP ever since, so I'm super excited to do Horizons for my last year. I look forward to meeting all of you and I hope we can make great memories together!
Junior Nguyen '22
What's up people! I'm Junior (he/him) and I'm looking forward to helping you all transition into your first year of college! I am biology major '22, and I am known for running Chess Club on campus, a passion project to teach others how to play and do service in the neighboring Ardmore community. Another one of my hobbies is lifting in the GIAC or being physically active in some way!
Maria Reyes Torres '23
My name is Maria (she/her), I'm an Environmental Studies major (potential Growth and Structure of Cities minor?!) and I'm class of 2023. I currently live in North Jersey but I'm originally from The Bronx, NY. On campus I'm mostly involved in Intramural Volleyball and ALAS (Alliance of Latin American Students). My interests include just about anything art related - I love painting, fashion design, makeup, and interior decorating - I also really enjoy playing volleyball. I'm definitely looking forward to meeting all of you during Horizons so until then class of 2024!
Ivan Ruiz '23
How y'all doin?! My name is Ivan Ruiz (he/him), I'm a rising sophomore from Providence, RI looking to major in Biology with a possible minor in sociology. I love talking sports (Soccer, NBA, NFL, Boxing, etc.) and also love listening to Hip-Hop (WHERE MY NAV FANS AT?!). On campus I co-head Men's club soccer, and work at the dining center. As a Horizons alum, attending Horizons was the best thing I did for myself freshman year. I'm so excited to meet all of you and to see what you guys will bring to the Haverford community.
Eli Vega '23
Hello, my name is Elijah Vega (he/him), and I'm a rising sophomore from the Bronx, NYC. I'm a potential english major and economics minor. I'm on the lacrosse team as well as part of ALAS and BSL. I spend most of my time either doing work or playing lacrosse, but I also enjoy music and writing raps. Feel free to reach out anytime!
Zakiyyah Winston '22
Hello everyone! My name is Zakiyyah (she/her) and I am a rising junior from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, a suburb within the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. I am a Chesick and QuestBridge Scholar pursuing a Biology major and Health Studies minor on the Pre-Med track. I am currently involved in the BSL (Black Student League), MAST (Mentoring and Student Teaching), and working at the Lutnick Library and Office of Academic Resources (OAR). I’m always down to talk—especially about music or crafts such as cross stitching or knitting. I’m really excited to meet each and every one of you and can’t wait to help you with your transition to Haverford.
Cathy Zhu '23
Hi there! My name is Cathy (she/her), I'm from Brooklyn, and I am a sophomore planning to major in Psychology and minor in Health Studies! On campus, I'm a part of Track and Field, Crossfit club, Pulso Latino dance team, and Step team. I also work for the Hurford Center, the food pantry, and the Admissions Office. When I'm not running back and forth on campus, I love to chat with people at the DC, bake, and settle down for a good horror movie. I love to chat, so don't hesitate to reach out any time you see me on campus! I'm super excited to meet you all!