The Committees


Search Committee — Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Development: The Associate Dean will be charged with helping to further advance Swarthmore’s enduring mission to cultivate a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and intentional community.  The Associate Dean will help to insure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are woven into all aspects of student life, college operations, and community culture, and establish the College as a recognized leader in these areas.  The Associate Dean will have operational oversight for the work of the Intercultural Center, the Black Cultural Center, Residential Life, Student Activities, International Students, the Women’s Resource Center, Alcohol and Drug Education, Greek Life, and New Student Orientation. Contact Liz Braun for more information.

Search Committee —  Assistant Dean of the Senior Class and Judicial Affairs Coordinator: This position will solidify the ongoing implementation of our class dean structure and will result in there now being a dean dedicated to the academic and overall success of each class year.  The Assistant Dean will provide academic and personal advising to students and programming specifically for seniors.  The Assistant Dean will also serve as an advisor to the Senior Class Board and assist in the planning of Senior Week and Commencement.  As Judicial Affairs Coordinator, the Assistant Dean will be responsible for oversight of the College Judiciary Committee, the student handbook, and other issues related to the review of college policies and procedures. Contact Liz Braun for more information.

Sesquicentennial Planning Committee: This committee is a group of faculty staff and students  charged with planning a year of celebratory events in 2014, the 150th anniversary of the founding of our College. As the head of the Committee, Maurice Eldridge notes, “We have the wonderful opportunity to celebrate the history, the intellectual and cultural journey, the contemporary virtues and values of a remarkable institution. We have a great story to air creatively with all due respect to our habit of Quaker modesty.” Members from the class of 2014 are especially encouraged to apply since they will be the graduating class, but additional membership from any class is also welcomed to be sure that student perspective and ideas are represented. Contact Maurice Eldridge for more information.


Admissions Committee The Admissions Committee is a student group which interacts with both students and the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid to review Admissions and Financial Aid policies. The Committee is the liaison between student opinion and the Dean. Through participation on this committee the student members not only get to know the Dean, but they are also introduced to the how admissions operates and how the college recruits students and reads applications.  Once the committee understands what policies and goals are pursued, the committee members are responsible for bringing that information back to the student body for discussion and feedback. The Admissions Committee is one of many ways the Office keeps in touch with student opinion on admissions policies and proposals. The Committee’s coordinator is Yvetta Moat (ymoat1)

Assessment Committee The committee is responsible for creating and implementing plans for assessing the academic program of the college. Our work includes monitoring and analyzing college-wide assessments (e.g., writing courses, honors); supporting departmental assessment of student learning; and coordinating assessment processes with other areas of the college. The committee consists of the three Division Chairs, the Associate Provost, the director of institutional research, and two student representatives. The Committee meets approximately 3 times each semester.

College Budget Committee The CBC meets regularly during the development of the College’s approximately hundred million dollar budget. The CBC is advisory to the President, who consults with it on budget decisions ranging from tuition and financial aid to compensation and benefits to departmental requests. CBC provides input on the tradeoffs made among priorities in coming up with a balanced budget. As budget recommendations are formulated by the President’s staff, they are discussed with the CBC members.  CBC members are expected to articulate the perspective of their constituent group (e.g., students). CBC members are expected to help facilitate appropriate public student discussions of the budget on campus.

The committee meets about every 2 weeks for 1-2 hours through the budget development season, typically October through February.

Student members of the Committee should have an interest in the finances of the College and be willing to understand the budget and actively engage in discussions of budget issues in the meetings.  While materials of the committee are confidential, students are expected to be able to understand broad issues and discuss them conceptually with other students so as to be able to represent the views of the student body as a whole.  Students must be willing to participate in any public meetings on budget issues.

Questions can be directed to Suzanne Welsh (swelsh1)

Curriculum Committee Curriculum Committee deals with immediate questions of the existing curriculum, including implementing regulations and defining exceptions; completes the periodic review of interdisciplinary programs for recommendation to the full faculty, and provides oversight for academic issues such as the calendar, registration, the Honors program, etc. The committee will do such things as approve new writing courses. The CC is chaired by the Provost and is composed of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Division Chairs, Registrar, and student representatives. Recently the committee has worked on getting course syllabi onto a website, recommended to faculty that rules for designating courses pass/fail be changed and reviewed the “Thanksgiving in April ” idea.

All students are welcome to apply, but should be prepared to consistently come to meetings.

Time Commitment: The committee meets for an hour meeting every two weeks. Special projects may require a greater time commitment. Meetings are cancelled if not needed.

Questions should be directed to Tom Stephenson, College Provost.

Council on Educational Policy This committee is concerned with long-range philosophical issues of the curriculum, curricular change, introduction of new programs and/or disciplines, and graduation requirements. In recent years, this committee has worked on such issues as restructuring of academic divisions, distribution requirements, improving curricular programs on writing and quantitative reasoning, and providing academic minors to course majors. The committee has attempted to set procedural and substantive guidelines for the assignment of new or vacated faculty positions and tenure lines, to address ways to nurture good teaching, and to monitor curricular changes as they are being implemented. CEP is chaired by the Provost and is composed of the President, faculty representative, and student representatives.

We are looking for applicants who have had several years’ experience at Swarthmore and who will be responsible about attending all committee meetings.

Time Commitment: 90 minutes a week

Questions should be directed to Tom Stephenson, College Provost, (chunger1)

Committee on Investor Responsibility CIR includes two members of the Investment Committee from the Board of Managers, four students, and three staff. CIR’s responsibility will advise the Investment Committee on how to exercise social and environmental responsibility with respect to Swarthmore’s endowment as shareholders in U.S. corporations primarily through proxy voting, or in filing shareholder resolutions. Shareholders in U.S. corporations have the right to vote on issues of corporate policy put forth by other shareholders of their corporation. Proxy voting provides the College the opportunity to influence corporate policy.

Each year the committee selects issues of humanitarian or environmental concern, identifies shareholder resolutions that address these concerns, and drafts a recommendation to the Investment Committee on how the College should vote these issues whether for, or against the resolution. Committee work involves research on corporations and on social issues, presenting research and recommendations, communicating with members of the College community on issues of social responsibility, communicating with corporate officers, attending annual shareholder meetings, and attending shareholder responsibility conferences. (Optional, but fun!)

Student committee members meet regularly with other student members, slightly less often with staff and faculty members of the committee, and occasionally with members of the Board of Managers who are on the committee. CIR members should expect planning and strategy to be much of their work during the fall semester, and be prepared to complete their research and present their recommendations in time for the spring proxy season.

Any Swarthmore student is welcome and qualified to participate. Again, the workload is driven by student members, and it heaviest in the spring.

Questions should be directed to Susan Welsh (swelsh1) or Carmen Duffy (cduffy1) in the Investment Office.

College Judiciary Committee The CJC is a part of the College judicial system addressing infractions of College regulations including all formal charges of academic dishonesty, assault, harassment or sexual misconduct. It is composed of faculty, administrators and students who have undergone training for this role. A term is three semesters and student members may be asked to serve after their term is over should the need arise. Dean Myrt Westphal chairs the committee.

All students are welcome to apply.

Time Commitment: One short meeting in the fall for training. The CJC’s schedule is dictated by how many cases are brought to it in a given semester. Generally there are no more than three cases a year, each taking about 3-4 hours.

For more information, please contact Myrt Westphal (mwestph1)

William J. Cooper Foundation Committee Click here to visit the Cooper Foundation website

The William J. Cooper Foundation provides a varied program of lectures and concerts to enrich the academic life of the College. The committee works with the departments and with student organizations in arranging single lectures and concerts by distinguished scholars or artists, and also in bringing to the College speakers of note who remain in residence for a period long enough to enter into the life of the community. Other duties include encouraging students to submit Cooper proposals, representing students on the committee when it comes time to select Cooper programs for the following year, helping students completing Cooper proposals, and answering questions from students.

Time Commitment: Fall semester one meeting, approximately 2 hours. Spring semester one meeting, approximately 3 1/2 hours. Both Fall and Spring via email for Serendipity proposals, approximately 5 hours per semester.

Questions? Contact: June Cianfrana / Beardsley 215 / extension 8116 /

Crum Woods Stewardship Committe Click Here to Visit the Crum Committee Webpage

The committee’s main function is to develop and evaluate policies to guide decisions affecting the woods with the goal of maintaining the well being of the flora, fauna and functioning of the Crum Woods. The main tasks include the development of policies for the multiple uses of the woods (i.e, dog walking, mountain biking, etc), management of safety hazards, planning for the maintenance of natural resources (i.e., erosion control, reforestation and restoration projects) and establishment of education projects (i.e., development of nature trails with signage and maps). The committee meets on a monthly basis and includes members of the administration, staff, faculty and students.

For the last 3 years, the committee has been developing guidelines for the management of the deer population. In addition, the committee is defining the tasks and responsibilities for a future Crum Woods manager. This position is not currently available.

The committee is primarily looking for applicants that show a demonstrated concern stewardship, the environment, and the role of the Crum Woods within the Swarthmore community.  Some kind of environmental/scientific background is a plus, but not necessary.

The committee plans to continue to make long-term management decisions.  Specific issues include deer population management, removal of invasive species, forest restoration and fundraising to support the hiring of a Crum woods manager.

The committee would also like to clarify that students must be willing to attend and contribute to monthly meetings, assist in committee projects (particularly those associated with students), and serve as liaison between the committee and the student body.  This coming year we are planning a Crum woods walk during orientation.

Questions should be directed to Jeff Jabco (jjabco1)

Time Commitment: Time is highly variable, but an average of an hour per week should be expected.

Deans’ Advisory Council Members of the Deans’ Advisory Council (DAC) meeting with the Deans on a monthly basis and represent the student body in discussions about school policy and potential initiatives to improve the quality of the student experience. The DAC also provides a broad forum for the discussion of significant campus issues, and in so doing provides advise and counsel to the Deans. The DAC meets 2-3 meetings each semester. Contact Dean of Students Liz Braun with questions.

Dining Services Committee Dining Services provides some of the most important centers of community at Swarthmore. Essie Mae’s, the coffee bars and Sharples are the largest and most popular areas for students to socialize and study. Students typically have more interactions with Dining Services staff than college administrators and even professors. Most significantly, Dining Services seeks to be an exemplar of many of the college’s distinctive values such as diversity, environmental consciousness and outreach to the groups beyond the campus.

The committee works to strengthen the ties between the student and Dining Services communities by promoting a healthy dialogue and initiating special projects. The group focuses on big picture items by identifying areas for new collaboration, opportunities to promote respective understanding and concerns of both Dining Services and students.

Recent initiatives include promotion of the composting program, reduction of food waste, advertisement of the committee’s activities and the encouragement of the fairer use of the Mary Lyon’s breakfast room. Committee members have the opportunity to take behind the scene tours of the kitchen facilities, to work in the kitchens and to engage in regular, productive conversations with Dining Services administrators.

Ideal applicants for this committee will be individuals who want to learn more about how Dining Services operates, are interested in building relationships with the Dining Services staff, demonstrate flexibility in working with the constraints of a small campus Dining Services operation and enjoy working with a team to accomplish a common
agenda. The time commitment for this committee is approximately 1 hour a week. Questions should be directed to Therese Hopson (thopson1).

Drama Board Click Here to Visit the Drama Board Webpage

Drama Board is a Focused Funding Committee of the Student Budget Committee, charged with providing financial and production support for non-academic student theater. It has a long-standing tradition of productions of all sizes. The committee is a student-run entity and works independently of but closely with the Facilities staff of the Lang Performing Arts Center, and with the staff and faculty of the Department of Theater. Students on the committee are responsible for providing students with advice about and access to necessary resources, and serving as liaisons or organizers for the committee’s sponsored productions. The committee as a whole is charged with the responsible allocation of its funds for each production throughout the academic year. Applicants should have good communication, organization, and networking skills. Experience in performance arts at Swarthmore is preferred, but not a requirement; although many members participate in student theater in some context, historically there have been important members who are exclusively active with the committee. The time commitment is, on average, two hours per week; this includes a one-hour weekly meeting and responsibilities outside of meeting times. For more information, contact any member, or Jessie Cannizzaro (jcanniz1).

Equal Opportunity Advisory Committee Equal Opportunity Office Webpage

EOAC is a standing committee of the College, advisory to the Equal Opportunity Officer and the president. It includes representatives from the faculty, staff, and student body. The charge of the EOAC is to support the EO officer by ensuring and monitoring the equal opportunity in the College’s implementation of educational and employment programs. Members of the EOAC also have a role in processing student and faculty equal opportunity grievances. Committee meetings are infrequent at times depending on whether there are any significant issues for committee consideration. Typically, the committee will meet a minimum of once per semester.

Most recently, the EOAC was instrumental in conducting a campus assessment of te impact of including “gender identity or expression” as a protected class within the College’s equal opportunity statement. The phrase was formally included into the EO statement in March 2007 with all the protections from discrimination and harassment of all other listed protected classes.

Students appointed to the EOAC should be balanced and clear thinkers, who are open-minded and good listeners. They should be active on campus with a variety of interests, including an appreciation of and sensitivity to diversity and/or discrimination and harassment issues. Appointees should also be collaborative, while being able to truly represent and advocate student perspectives.

In the coming year, the committee is expected to continue to provide feedback to the EOO on different assessment projects.

Sharmaine LaMar is the Equal Opportunity Officer, the Chair of the committee, and can be reached with your questions at slamar1.

Appointees should expect a time commitment of 2 –4 hours per semester

Forum for Free Speech Click here to visit the committee website

Forum for Free Speech exists as an organization to fund spoken-word events on Swarthmore’s campus. These may include talks and symposiums, as well as some components of workshops. FFS is committed to supporting diverse voices and perspectives. These events may be hosted by any of the various student groups on campus, as well as by FFS itself. Content and topic shall be considered with regard to the amount of expenditure, speaker credentials, novelty of event, and community interest.

Aside from proposal evaluations, this past year the FFS has continued the implementation of its aggressive reform agenda: an attempt to increase committee transparency, objectivity, and accountability. This process has included the reevaluation of committee protocols in the form of multiple brainstorming sessions intended to tweak committee policies.

The FFS seeks students who can 1) impartially evaluate the merit of event proposals that span political, religious, and cultural topics, 2) provide consistent input/participation in committee deliberations, and 3) possess an ability and willingness to challenge majority opinions.

Time Commitment: 2 hours/week

Housing Committee Click Here to Visit the Housing Website

Help plan and run the December Lottery, the Spring Lottery, Lottery Info Sessions, Block Calculations. In past years, the Housing Committee has examined the gendering of housing and bathrooms, discussed guaranteed on-campus housing for ML first-years,  configured new blocks, and surveyed the student body regarding smoking housing. The committee is also responsible for reviewing and ranking student parking applications, and making recommendations about parking assignments.  Topics likely on the agenda for 2012-2013 Committee: Re-evaluating the current lottery calculation process and block rules; role of Green Advisors in the dorms; parking application process (specifically, how do we assign parking spaces and why); and dorm storage issues. Time commitment varies: 1 hour-long meeting every other week in the Fall plus assisting with the December Lottery; meeting every 1-2 weeks in the Spring plus helping with the  3 class lotteries in the Spring.
Questions should be directed to Rachel Head (rhead1)

Information Technology Services Committee The ITS Committee is composed of faculty, staff, and students and is chaired by the chief information technology officer. The committee functions in an advisory capacity and reviews plans, priorities and policies related to the uses of technology at Swarthmore College.

Committee Composition: 4 faculty members, the college librarian, 2 students & 2 ITS representatives

Questions should be directed to Gayle Barton (gbarton1)

Large Scale Events Committee Each semester, the Large Scale Events (LSE) Committee holds a large scale all-campus event which is free to all Swarthmore students. In the spring, the LSE committee is responsible for putting on Worthstock, an all day music event consisting of a wide variety of musical acts that takes place the weekend after classes end. The committee meets once a week except for the week surrounding the event, when more time is required for preparation and significant time spent working at the event itself. This committee is made up of students with an adviser in the Dean’s office, Paury Flowers.

This past year, the committee planned the LSE with St. Vincent and Mayer Hawthorne at the beginning of the Spring 2011 semester and is currently planning Worthstock 2012.

Students who are fluent in different genres of music or entertainment or students interested in event planning would best fit this committee and are encouraged to apply.

Time Commitment: 1 hour/week throughout the semester and at least 8 hours during the week of the events.

Library Student Advisory Committee Click here to visit the library’s website

Created in the Spring 2008 semester, the LSAC will promote communication between the student body and administration of Swarthmore’s libraries. The committee will provide a forum for student ideas and concerns about library collections, facilities, services and then work to address those ideas and concerns. Members of the LSAC are expected act as a sounding board for proposed library initiatives, help educate the broader student community on library plans, activities and policies, and serve as advisors to the College Librarian and libraries’ leadership team.

Individuals who frequently use Swarthmore’s libraries, particularly McCabe, Cornell and Underhill, are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be ready to bring ideas and be willing to put forth and implement an agenda. It is recommended that applicants discuss any ideas they have for Swarthmore’s libraries in their applications.

Two student members will also be selected to serve on the Faculty Library Committee.

Since this a new committee, applicants will be randomly selected to serve a one or two semester term.

Time Commitment: 2-3 meetings (3-4 hours) a semester

For questions, please contact Peggy Seiden (pseiden1), the College Librarian

Movie Committee Click here to visit the committee website

The Movie Committee is student-led and composed of only students. We have two main responsibilities: (1) to show a film to the campus every weekend, and (2) to vote on requests from groups to show films. The Committee purchases the licenses from outside film distributors in order for all film screenings to fall within legal restrictions. We also screen the Oscars at an Oscar Night Party each year. We meet approximately once a week to decide which members will screen each showing of the weekend movie (a paid job) and to discuss group requests.

The Movie Committee has been working on a few issues this past year. We are encouraging attendance at our weekly screenings through various forms of publicity and are trying to make sure student groups adhere to the laws regarding public film screenings. We are also working on managing the budget for group licenses fairly, as each license is very expensive.

The Movie Committee does not require applicants who have had any previous experience with committee work at Swarthmore. We generally look for students who have an interest in movies and watches movies often.

In the upcoming year, the Committee plans to diversify the films screened and find more ways to elicit feedback about what we do. We have also discussed special projects or events such as bringing directors to campus or using films in community service projects.

Time Commitment: The Committee itself only meets once a week, but each member can also get paid to screen the weekend films on Friday and Saturday evenings. This outside time commitment is based entirely on availability and is not a requirement. Payment for screening is received through the Committee’s SBC Budget.

Off-Campus Study Committee This committee is chaired by the Director of Off-Campus Study, Pat Martin, and Sharon Friedler, Faculty Adviser for Off-Campus Study, is charged with adding programs to the list of Swarthmore-supported programs (including summer foreign internships), and overseeing the quality of all supported programs; considering petitions from students for approval of academic credit for work complete in programs is not on the list; and asking all departments to examine their requirements for the major to eliminate any needless obstacles to foreign study. It is preferred that students who apply for this committee have studied abroad.

Orientation Committee Website

The Orientation Committee works with the Deans’ Office to plan and organize new student orientation.OC members are responsible for planning and executing all aspects of orientation, including selecting and training Campus Advisors. Prior experience as a CA or as a member of the OC is helpful but not required. OC members must be in contact all summer, and must arrive on campus a week before orientation begins in the fall.

Public Safety Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) is to work collaboratively with the Swarthmore College Department of Public Safety on issues related to current campus security policies and procedures and make recommendations for their improvement relating to:

• providing recommendations on educating the campus community, including security personnel and those who advise or supervise students, about sexual assault;• providing recommendations on educating the campus community about personal safety and crime prevention; • providing recommendation for strategic plans and safety issues on campus; • providing feedback and suggestions pertaining to new technologies in the public safety field and implementing programs on campus. • serving as a liaison for community concerns or issues that relate to campus safety.

Membership is inclusive and intended to represent the rich diversity that is so integral to our community. The Director of Public Safety, or his designee, will invite various members of the College community to serve as members, including: • two students appointed by Student Council; • representative from the faculty; • representative from the Athletic Department; • representative from each fraternity; • representative from the RA program; • representative from the SMART Team program; • representative from the Residential Life Office; • representative from the Health Center.

MEETINGS The PSAC will meet once a month during the academic year. A meeting agenda will be sent prior to the scheduled meeting and suggestions for discussion topics will be welcome. Meeting minutes will be recorded and kept on file at the Department of Public Safety.

Contact Director of Public Safety Michael Hill (mhill1) for more information.

Physical Education and Athletics Advisory Committee Click here to visit the athletics homepage

The committee advises the Director of Athletics and provides recommendations to the College on matters pertaining to physical education, intercollegiate athletics, and intramural programs. It meets several times each semester, although in response to a certain task it may meet more often. The committee is made of up faculty, students, and staff. The Director of Athletics and the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid are always members.

One task of this committee is to create an annual report describing the current state of intercollegiate athletics at Swarthmore. This report stems from a request from the Board of Managers, but the report is made available to everyone in the community. In addition, the committee makes recommendations on issues brought before it by the Director of Athletics or the college administration.

It is helpful but not required that student members have some familiarity with physical education and athletics at Swarthmore.

Student members should be prepared to attend the several meetings each semester. On occasion, there may be data gathering, analysis, report review, survey creation, etc. done with student input between committee meetings.

RA Selection Committee Interview RA candidates in the Fall and Spring semester. Read candidate folders (letters of recommendation, application, etc.) and make a recommendation on hiring. Take part in the RA deliberations and placement process, working with current RAs and Deans to decide on candidates who will be offered positions, placed on the waitlist, or not offered a position.  There may also be the option of assisting with publicity and recruitment, in an effort to obtain and diverse and robust candidate pool.  Time commitment will vary: 10-12 hours in the Fall term; 15-18 hours in the Spring term plus 2 evenings of deliberations.

All students are welcome to apply.

Rollover Fund Grant Committee The Rollover Fund Grant Committee (RFGC) is a recently established committee that makes use of the SBC’s annual rollover, or budget surplus. The RFCG reviews and ultimately approves student grant proposals that focus on benefiting the College community and aim to somehow enrich or improve student life, for both present and future generations of the College. Grants, which may range from a few hundred dollars to up to $10,000, may also serve as seed funding for promising and well-planned ideas and groups. The committee will seat a total of eight members, consisting of the SBC Manager, two faculty/staff appointments, three student appointments, and two Student Council members. As such, the composition of the committee invites community members from different backgrounds, either first-year or senior, student or administrator.

Students’ main responsibilities will include attending monthly meetings, reading and reviewing proposals before hand, and actively discussing with other committee members the benefits and feasibility of student grants, as well as their apparent contribution to the College community. Terms last two semesters.

For more information on this  committee contact SBC Manager Amelia Mitter-Burke (amitter1).

Sager Fund Committee The Sager Fund Committee will review proposals from members of the Swarthmore community that represent the development and production of ‘The Sager Series” i.e., periodic events that present high profile and prominent speakers who serve/represent the needs of the gay/lesbian/ bisexual/transgender/queer communities and whose presence will attract the broadest audience on campus and from surrounding communities.

Social Affairs Committee Click here to visit the SAC website

SAC is an all student committee responsible for providing a balanced social calendar every weekend. We fund all-campus parties and events (entertainment purposes only). SAC also provides a liaison (a committee member) for each event that works with the hosts to answer any questions and provide feedback on the event.The committee meets weekly to hear proposals and plan events for the weekend following the upcoming weekend. We meet every Monday at 10PM in Kohl 330. The first half of the meetings are for proposals and the second half is for discussion the amount of funding to allocate for a party or event, as well as any events SAC is planning for the semester. Meetings usually go until 11PM-1130PM. SAC is responsible for the Fall Formal, the Halloween Party, the Screw Formal, Kielbasafest and two Welcome Back Parties one for each semester- this includes decorations, food and drinks, setting up, clean up, lights and DJing.

We are looking for people who understand the process of proposal presenting, generally students who have proposed to SAC before, or who have experience in organizing events on campus. We are also looking to make the committee represent many different types of social groups on campus. There is a treasurer and a secretary chosen by the committee. Students will give around 1.5-3 hours a week, unless it is during a week where SAC will be throwing an event, in which case it will be from 3-6 hours for that week.

Student Budget Committee Website

The Student Budget Committee, comprised solely of students, is responsible for funding all student activities at Swarthmore. The Committee’s funds come from the Student Activities Fee paid by each student. Each year the Committee holds Spring Budgeting, during which members hear proposals from all chartered student groups on campus and allocate to them the large majority of the funds available. The Committee allocates additional discretionary funds throughout the year during weekly Sunday meetings. SBC also employs a number of students to manage the Student Budget Office, coordinate shuttles, oversee the publications lab, and provide other student services. SBC’s mission is to distribute the funds from the Student Activities Fee in a way that benefits as much of the Swarthmore student body as possible.

All students are welcome to apply to the committee. Experience in budgeting is a bonus.

Time Commitment: 2 hours/week at our weekly Sunday meetings, and two full days during the Spring semester for Spring Budgeting. Additional time commitment is a possibility.

For questions please contact the SBC Manager, at

Student Health Advisory Council The Student Health Advisory Council was formed to serve as a liaison between the college health services and the student body.  Its main goal is to provide effective communication between the director/staff and the students in an effort to facilitate open and meaningful dialogue.  The intention of this relationship is to foster better health care for all students of Swarthmore College.

Click here to visit the Worth Health Center webpage

Student members of the council will be asked to meet twice a semester with the director of health services.  (Once at the start of the semester, and once toward the end.)

Student members will help with the running of the student health fair, which will occur in the spring semester before spring break.  This might mean a time commitment of 1-3 hours of work each semester to make organizing phone calls and to meet with health services director to organize.

Student members will be asked to be available for consultation (via email or phone conversation) to director on a variety of topics.  (IE:  new student health forms for first year students, new health center initiatives, etc.)

Student members will be asked to bring any concerns or recommendations to the director regarding student health needs that are discussed among students on campus.

The SHAC members will be a diverse group of students who will represent the wider voice of campus.

Students appointed to the SHAC may be interested in careers in public health, health care, health care policy, women’s health, or social justice advocacy.  This is not a requirement, but students in these groups might enjoy the experience with SHAC.

Total time commitment:  approximately 6 hours per semester of meeting work, and maybe more sporadic email consultation work.

Questions should be directed to Beth Kotarski at

Social Responsibility Committee of the Board of Managers The Committee on Social Responsibility is a committee of the Board of Managers of the College consisting of five members of the Board, the President, Provost, the Vice President for College and Community Relations, four members of the faculty, two students, two members of the staff and a representative from alumni council. It is charged with reflecting upon the College’s commitment, in association with the fulfillment of its institutional mission, to prepare and motivate students to engage issues of social responsibility facing our communities and societies and to set their own paths as responsible citizens toward shaping a more inclusive, just, and compassionate world. The committee will suggest, encourage, evaluate, and facilitate the development of internal community practices, educational programs, and institutional outreach initiatives, which build on the distinctive strengths of the College in meeting these ends. The Committee will report its deliberations and recommendations to the Board, to other committees of the Board as appropriate and to the campus community.

Sustainability Committee The purpose of the Sustainability Committee of Swarthmore College is to make recommendations to the President and to the College community regarding policies to promote environmental sustainability on campus.

The focus of the Committee’s work is to identify policies and practices that promote the most efficient and responsible use of College resources; to administer and monitor funds and grants pertaining to environmental sustainability; and to coordinate and support campus sustainability initiatives and efforts.

Student representatives should have an interest and commitment to campus environmental sustainability. Both current members of student “green groups” and students with individual perspectives are encouraged to apply.

The committee meets once every one or two weeks for one hour. Additional work on subcommittees and special projects varies, but does not exceed three hours per semester.

Contact co-chair Carr Everbach (ceverba1) with questions.