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Haverford College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
370 Lancaster Avenue,
Haverford, Pennsylvania 19041
(610) 896-1000
School Information
Haverford College is a leading liberal arts undergraduate college located outside Philadelphia that is known for its academic rigor, Honor Code, and beautiful arboretum campus. Haverford is consistently considered among the top academic institutions in the country. Our rigorous academic program focuses on individual growth, intellectual exploration, and pushing the boundaries of each discipline. Most classes are taught seminar style with an emphasis on discussion and debate. Diversity, inclusivity, and multiculturalism are vital dimensions of Haverford's community and mission. It is important to us to create spaces that are not just welcoming of all, but that recognize and uphold the value of every person.
General Information
In the fall semester of 2020, a student strike led to widespread protests across campus and generated a new diversity plan from college leadership, including required bias training for faculty, staff, and students. This plan includes the following initiatives from the college president: "Understanding Race and Racism toward Creating an Inclusive Community. We will provide opportunities to examine the nature of systemic racism in America and the impacts of structural racism on the lives of those of us who have been racialized, including BIPOC community members at Haverford and beyond, with on campus and virtual programming. Race-Based Education for White People. Many white students, staff, and faculty have expressed varying degrees of uncertainty about how to be an ally or collaborator, and about their role and responsibility in racial equity work. We will offer workshops for white people about race and racism. Racial Trauma and Healing. We need to name and acknowledge where race-related conflict comes from. We need to build the resiliency and capacity to work constructively for change we all need. Plans thus far include (but are not limited to) workshops around mindfulness, race-based trauma, and healing, all with dedicated spaces for BIPOC students." (source:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Results of the 14-day strike include improvements to recruitment and enrollment of Indigenous students, a new interim chief diversity officer and student-centered changes of that role going forward, budget for renovations to the Black Cultural Center, anti-bias training for College employees, Election Day as a holiday, and more.
  • Truth and reconciliation committees: "Haverford will also be applying to the Association of American Colleges & Universities to become a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center. This work by AAC&U with 28 colleges and universities originated with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s 2016 launch of a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. The work has some connection to truth and reconciliation commissions that have happened in many parts of the world, including in South Africa after the dismantling of apartheid."
  • Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility Council: The Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility (CESR) Council is a body of representatives which collaborates to articulate a cohesive story of Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility at Haverford College. The Council is led by Janice Lion, Associate Director of the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC), and offers recommendations and significant support for ethical campus-community engagement. The CESR Council was established in 2017, as one of three primary recommendations made in the Blueprint for Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility The CESR Council: Centralizes and highlights CESR activities led by students, faculty, staff throughout the institution and with off-campus community groups. CESR Council members maintain a civic engagement map featuring active partnerships. Supports and articulates the needs of offices and programs which provide CESR opportunities. Stewards the College’s investments in community, regional and national partnerships and collaborates with all of those involved to bring CESR activities into alignment with College mission and values. Council members and others from the community currently collaborate in three working groups- curricular pathways, relationship management, and policy - to advance the Council’s goals.
  • Haverford held the Challenge Habit to "deepen [its] knowledge, understanding, and practice of antiracism on campus."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The college president acceded to the student strike demands to create "a Bi-Co course on Blackness and white Privilege as part of the college-wide requirements implemented in the next academic year (2021-2022)"
  • COOL CLASSES: “Decolonial Theory: Indigeneity and Revolt." This peace, justice, and human rights course is a study of recent work in Latin American, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-Diasporic critical theory and related resistance movements.
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • Receive public transportation passes to and from social justice activism events and opportunities. The Social Justice Transit Fund provides SEPTA passes to cover local public transportation to enable student participation in one-off social justice activism and learning. For recurring transportation needs, please apply through the Community Engagement fund or request reimbursements through the OSCC.
Program and Research Funding
  • A member of the CPGC is Juli Grigsby, Assistant Professor of Anthropology: Through CPGC funding in 2017, Juli Grigsby traveled with students in her Reproductive Justice, Social Movements, and Civil Society course to the annual Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference at Hampshire College, while students in her 2016 Race, Sexuality, and Criminalization course used CPGC funding to create a series of exhibits at Haverford including “Sabotaging Archetypes: Examining the Criminal Construction of Black Women During the Civil Rights Era” and “What Happened Here?: Perceiving Crime, Blackness, and the Body". In her first CPGC steering committee appointment, Grigsby brings expertise in critical race theory, feminist and queer theory, urban ethnography, violence, women’s health and US Social Movements.
  • In 2015, the Climate Survey Working Group produced a 25 page Strategic Plan for Diversity & Inclusion: "This Strategic Planfor Diversity and Inclusion(SPDI) presents some five dozen proposed initiatives designed to promote Haverford’s efforts to become an ever-more diverse, inclusive, and supportive community for all its members by connecting people, ideas, and programs across the full institutional landscape, drawing on the reservoir of creative energy expressed by all community members."
  • Haverford appointed a new interim Chief Diversity Officer in November 2020.
  • The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC) offers local community engagement opportunities, community-engaged courses and curricular pathways, and financial support for student and faculty activities that advance peace, social justice, and global citizenship.
Symbolic Actions
  • Haverford hosts an annual reception for graduating seniors to thank them for their involvement in social justice.
  • The College Squash Association (CSA), of which Haverford is a member, created a Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Coaches Committee, to "gain an understanding of and data concerning diversity in college squash." Haverford's squash coach serves on this committee.
  • The college's "Antiracism Accountability and Advancement Group" announced its new members.
  • In March 2021, the "Antiracism Accountability and Advancement Group" convened and identified the following topics to focus on: "History and Relationships with Indigenous People," "DEI Data," and "Faculty of Color" among others.
  • In February 2022, the college released its "Antiracism Work Acknowledgment" in regards to the "commitment to antiracism on the part of Black women and Trans people across the Haverford community."
  • In spring 2021, a "21-Day Racial Equity Challenge" was held.
  • The college released its "Interdivisional DEI Goals" including "cultivating a community that reflects diversity in social identity/ies (along race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, national origin, religious/spiritual practice, etc) and acknowledges diverse perspectives and experiences."
  • The college is now offering a course on Equity, Inclusivity, and Student Thriving.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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