Contact & Staff
ISO Program's Student Resource People
Though not substitutes for the team of upperclass students, who provide support during the Customs Orientation Program, the International Student Orientation (ISO) Program's Student Resource People (ISRPs) are intended as support and an additional point of reference. Many ISRPs are also international students and past participants in ISO. Tasked with collaborating with other campus resources, ISRPs are available for one-on-one conversations, hold small workshops and conversations, and advocate for the needs of the ISO cohort within the larger Haverford community.
smabraham [at] haverford.edu
Sarah Abraham ’23
Hey there! My name is Sarah Abraham and I'm from Bangalore, India, but I was born in Qatar and have lived in Brunei too! I am a rising junior majoring in Anthropology and International Studies (at Bryn Mawr). I'm co-president of the Mock Trial Team and a member of the Outskirts (the best a capella group on campus) too. Talk to me about horror movies, Bollywood, baking and anything on TikTok. Welcome to Haverford, I'm excited to meet you!
smawad [at] haverford.edu
Silina Awad ‘24
Hello everyone! My name is Silina Awad, a rising sophomore from Palestine! I enjoy learning about various cultures, so I am very excited to be an ISRP this fall. I am a prospective Biology/Neuroscience major on the pre-med track. I am a part of the Pre-Health Society Board, and this summer, I am doing research in the Cooke Lab, so I would be happy to talk about research opportunities and pre-med if you're interested! On campus, you can find me in the KINSC or Lutnick Library, since I work there throughout the semester. Aside from that, I enjoy knitting, drawing, and cooking, so I can always use ideas for new recipes to try out! I look forward to meeting all of you this fall!
tbien [at] haverford.edu
Theo Bien ‘22
Hey everyone! My name is Theo Bien and I'm a rising Junior (Class of 2022). I'm American and Indonesian, but I grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. I just declared an interdisciplinary Physics major with visual studies and I'm doing the Accelerated Master’s program with UPenn in Mechanical Engineering. I also work with a Haverford professor on biophysics research and my goal is to eventually work in medical engineering! Outside of the classroom, I'm the international student representative for the Students Council. If there is anything that I can help you within this role, please reach out to me! I'm also on club Crew which is a great way to meet new people and get off campus. I'm also hoping to lead/attend HavOC camping trips over the breaks! In my free time I love watching bad rom-coms and hosting silly events/parties with my friends. I can't wait to meet all of you and congrats on Haverford!
jdecarvalh [at] haverford.edu
João Pedro Carvalho ‘22
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Hello my darlings! I am João (He/Him), a fellow international student from Brazil! I am part of the class of 2022, and I am a double major in Mathematics and Linguistics (in this order haha). I have lived in the International House for 2 years, and next year I will be living in HCA 42! I am part of ALAS (Alliance of Latin American Students), and I am very involved in many student initiatives within the Math department. Ask me anything about those things and also about jobs on campus (I have way too many of those)! I also love to talk about food, music and films, books, and very specific cultural references. Look forward to seeing all of you in August!
xdai1 [at] haverford.edu
Xufeng (Caesar) Dai ’23
你好(ní hǎo)！我是戴旭丰。Hi everyone, my name is Xufeng Dai and my friends call me Caesar, like the salad or the emperor, whichever sticks to you memory haha. Although my college experience was put to a halt after my first year, ISO was so much fun that I couldn't help but to come back and enjoy it again with y'all. I'm now a rising junior studying mathematics and computer science and I want to be an entrepreneur in the future, which is why I chose to study at Haverford because I believe I can build a solid foundation here that will help me achieve my goals. Also, I love coffee and tea, I would love to get some with y'all or I would love it even more if you would like to try my home made luxury. Can't wait to meet you in person! Welcome to Haverford :)
jsfoster [at] haverford.edu
Jacob Seiji Foster ’24
Hey friends! I'm Jacob Seiji Foster (he/him) from Tokyo, Japan. I'm a rising sophomore and will probably major in Political Science. On campus I'm part of the International Student Association, run track & field (sprint gang), work as an audio guy for BLAST and as a helper at the writing center, co-head Haverford LoL, and am on Honor Council as a sophomore rep. Some of my dearest passions include sarcastic jokes, photoshopping stupid pictures of my friends, listening to Porter Robinson, doing calligraphy, and playing any and all kinds of games (video/board/card). This upcoming year I'll be living in Nerd House, which is located just across the bridge from the North Dorms, so feel free to stop by! Being a first-year is simultaneously wondrous but also highly intimidating at times. You can always say hi or hit me up in regards to anything—whether it's about essay stresses or just remarking upon the consistently bountiful selection at the Dining Center. I'll see you guys around—welcome Fords!
rgandhi [at] haverford.edu
Reesha Gandhi ’24
Hiiiii my name is Reesha, I am a rising sophomore from Mumbai, India. I am most likely on track to become a psychology major and visual studies minor. I am part of the South Asian Society. I took Jazz dance at Bryn Mawr last year and I am hoping to do it again next semester. I was also briefly a part of the cricket varsity team and you will usually find me procrastinating on the second-floor of VCAM. I enjoy running, reading, watching movies, and journaling in my free time, and also love theatre and photography. Which is also why you might also find me clicking pictures across campus and at events. I am currently reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, and I would definitely recommend it for those of you who are bored and keenly interested in the disastrous and crumbling political and caste system of 1970s India :) Okay, that is it for my rant, I am super excited to be your ISRP next fall, it will be my first time so I will be learning things along with you and it is going to be a FUNN semester I promise! Looking forward to seeing all of you in person!
rgolchha [at] haverford.edu
Rishabh Golchha ‘23
Hi y’all! I'm Rishabh Golchha (he/him) and I'm a rising junior from Bangalore, India. I’m a Math and Economics double major who is very passionate about sustainable development. On-campus, I work as a tutor at the EQC. I'm also a member of the Haverford Committee for Environmental Responsibility and Haverford Microfinance and Impact Investing Initiative. I absolutely love food (even maintain a blog), so let me know if you ever need restaurant recommendations. Welcome to Haverford, and see you soon!
ahorkava [at] haverford.edu
Alexandra Horkava ’22
Hello beautiful people! My name is Alexa (she/her/hers) and I'm from Slovakia. I'm a rising senior majoring in Economics and Political Science, and tentatively also in Mathematics. I am a Co-Head of the International Students Association, and during my time on campus I have worked for multiple offices which include the Provost Office, Alumni Office, Institutional Advancement Office, Center for Peace and Global Citizenship and also the Libraries. I love ice skating and rollerblading and other individual sports like running and swimming (pro tip: Bryn Mawr has a great student swimming pool!), but I am terrible at the collective ones. I have spent the last academic year abroad, so I'm looking forward to rediscovering the campus and you all exploring it for the first time. Talk to me about food, the EU, your home countries and pretty much anything that comes up. See you in August in the post pandemic world!
aintanate [at] haverford.edu
Athena Intanate ’23
Heyhey! My name's Athena (she/her), and I'm from Bangkok, Thailand. It's still hard to believe, but I'm currently going into my third year here at Haverford College as a double major in English and International Studies (at Bryn Mawr), and also a double minor in Spanish and Visual Studies (because, you know, crippling indecision). On campus, I work at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery (our on-campus art gallery!), as well as The Coop (a small cafe, you'll definitely pop by there at least once), the Dining Centre, and the Admissions Office as both a tour guide and a diversity intern. Between those I'm also a co-head of International Students Association, and co-editor at shoegazing Magazine (Haverford's premiere arts and culture publication, check us out!), while also fitting in trips to Philly, playing intramural volleyball, and perusing through films all in the meantime. Haverford holds such a special place in my heart, but especially the international community we have here, so please feel free to ask me any questions you might have – I'm here to help and support in any way that I can! Excited to meet you allllll
jli9 [at] haverford.edu
Nicole Li ’24
Hey guys! I’m Nicole Li (丽佳涵 in Chinese), a rising sophomore. I grew up in Beijing and went to high school in Philly. I plan on majoring in psychology with an eye out for sociology and neuroscience. On campus, I play on the Ultimate Frisbee team. I joined as a complete newbie, and I would love to introduce you to the team if you are interested! I’m a board member of Active Minds, a mental health advocacy club. You will also find me working as a tutor for the Writing Center. I love running, (re)watching sitcoms, playing board games with friends, and learning Kpop choreos (I stan all girl groups, especially RV, Twice, and Itzy). My friends judge my food tastes, but if you are not eating frozen banana with greek yogurt, you are missing out. I’m very grateful for the ISO which introduced me to the welcoming culture of Haverford and my best friends, and I’m looking forward to ushering you to these wonderful experiences!
klin1 [at] haverford.edu
Ken Lin ‘24
Hi Friends! I’m Ken Lin (林恳), a rising sophomore from Beijing, China. Out of my broad academic interests, by far I am inclined to study Anthropology or Sociology. At Haverford, I play for the Cricket team and absolutely enjoy practicing at the historic Cope Field after a long day of class. I also participate in the Committee for Environmental Responsibility and BLAST (student-run audio-engineering team), and serve as the secretary of Table Tennis Club (join us for games at dc basement!). Outside Haverford I volunteer at Youth For Understanding to support foreign exchange students in Beijing and coach younger classmates at my high school on academic writing. Next year I’m looking forward to spending weekends at the museums and restaurants in Philly, going to the Sixers games with friends (hopefully with some of you!), and traveling with the cricket team for tournaments. I hope y’all celebrate the last bit of your high school and the summer. Welcome to Haverford!
pmengistu [at] haverford.edu
Petra Mengistu ‘23
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Hey everyone! My name is Petra Mengistu, and I'm a rising sophomore from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, although I spent most of my childhood in different Middle Eastern countries. I have way too many academic interests which is making my decision on a major very difficult - for now, I've managed to narrow it down to Physics/Astrophysics, Chemistry, or Sociology, and a possible minor in Psychology. On campus, I work at Phonathon (which is actually surprisingly fun and flexible) and am involved in a lot of STEM events. In my free time, I love exploring Philly, a truly beautiful city with so much history and amazing food that I have come to absolutely adore, and binge-watching sitcoms. ISO was a great experience for me last year, and I hope all of you get to enjoy this program in the coming fall! I can't wait to meet all of you then, and if you ever need anyone to talk to about literally anything, feel free to reach out!
hrao [at] haverford.edu
Hassaan Farid Rao ’24
Hey everyone! My name is Hassaan, and I am from Islamabad, Pakistan. I am a rising sophomore majoring in Economics and "possibly" a concentration in Mathematical Economics (Math is hard at Haverford, so not too sure about it). Outside of class, I play club soccer, and I'm in the Mock Trial team. Over the summers, I'm working with Professor Mudd as an economics research assistant and impact investing intern. I listen to all sorts of music. I really love SAINt JHN, Post Malone, and Night Traveler! Talk to me about absolutely anything - music, politics, or how perfect the dark knight is as a movie. Congrats and hopefully see you all in August!
cyavuz [at] haverford.edu
Çiçek Yavuz ’22
Hi everyone, my name is Çiçek and I am a rising senior from Turkey. I am a philosophy major but at the start of the pandemic I picked up German out of boredom, so I may declare a German minor too! On campus I often sing in the Chorale, play ping pong with my friends in the DC basement, or hang out in the philosophy lounge, but one of the things I do most is just sitting down at a chair on campus and enjoying living in an arboretum! I really enjoy talking to other international students and learning about music, food, anything actually, so you're definitely welcome to hang out at HCA 31, where I live!!
xwang4 [at] haverford.edu
Sharon Wang ‘23
Hey friends! My name is Sharon and I'm from Shanghai, China. I am a rising junior majoring in Math and Computer Science with a minor in Fine Arts (specifically focusing on photography!) I've been a research assistant in the computer science department here for the past year and a half. Besides academics, I am a part of the Sneetches (the Bi-Co women*s ultimate frisbee team), International Student Association and GCC. Ask me anything about them if you are interested! I am a huge outdoors person and love doing sports but I also enjoy playing board games and cooking/baking with friends. When I'm on my own I always like to have my music on :) I'm looking forward to meeting y'all in August!