About the CIL



Swarthmore College has a long history of attracting students who are able to think “outside the box” and approach issues and problems from unique and novel perspectives.  The Center for Innovation and Leadership provides students with the tools they need to grow and evolve their ideas from a thought bubble to application and implementation.  The CIL is focused on cultivating mentoring relationships, building capacity for entrepreneurship and leadership, and fostering collaboration and innovation while promoting experimentation, collaboration, and reflection.  


In pursuing this mission, the CIL carries out several core activities.

  • Leadership Development: The CIL partners with other campus entities to help students develop vital skills in leadership, community building, and organizational development.
  • Innovative Programming: The CIL brings together students, faculty, and staff to collaborate on designing and implementing programs that provide opportunities for students to combine their in-classroom and out-of-classroom experiences in dynamic ways. 
  • Alumni Engagement: The CIL considers Swarthmore's great resource its alumni body. Thus, it functions as an entry point for alums to connect and build mentoring relationships with current students. 


Swing by the office anytime or email Katie to set up an appointment.


Katie Clark

Parish Hall 117






Samantha Croce

Administrative Assistant 
Parish Hall LL-36 "The Nook"







Carl Sveen

Parrish Hall LL-36 "The Nook"






Robert Eppley '19

Robert is a senior Biology and Political Science major from Orinda, California. He has a keen interest in tech, and has worked for three funded startups and a VC in his time at Swarthmore. In addition to the CIL, Robert runs track at Swarthmore and is a campus ambassador for Rally Rd., a small startup which allows investors to buy and sell equity stake in vintage and exotic cars. 


Guin Mesh '19

Guin is a senior double major in Biology and Studio Art hailing from Pleasantville, New York. She captains the Women's Varsity Volleyball team and works as an RA in Dana in addition to working at the CIL. In her free time, Guin loves to knit, read books about typography, and stage dance-offs.


JJ Zeng '19

JJ is a senior double major in Political Science and French from Bloomington, Minnesota. She is a member of the Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams, co-President of Swarthmore’s Roosevelt Institute, and Managing Editor of the Swarthmore International Relations Journal. Her favorite color is purple and she can recite the alphabet backwards.


Seimi Park '20

Seimi is a junior studying Economics and Computer Science. Outside of the CIL, she is building a social impact project with the Lang Center and helps lead Rewriting the Code, an affinity group for women in computer science. She loves to read and takes pride in her ability to drink an absurd amount of coffee.


Cristopher Alvarado '21

Cristopher is a sophomore prospective double major in Cognitive Science and Education from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a member of the Men's Club Rugby team, the treasurer of the Swarthmore's Questbridge chapter, and serves on the boards of ENLACE and SOLIS. When he is not studying or working, Cris loves to listen to music and produce his own songs using Logic Pro.

Helen Huh '21

Helen is a sophomore majoring in Astrophysics and minoring in Art History from Anaheim, California. Outside of CIL, she also interns at the Career Services office. In her free time, she enjoys watching/analyzing films as well as serving as a counselor for a leadership non-profit called CASC. Fun fact: she knows the How I Met Your Mother series forwards and backwards.


Tai Thongthai '21

Tai is a sophomore planning to double major in Computer Science and Economics from Bangkok, Thailand. He is a Ninja for the Swarthmore Computer Science Department and a member of the acappella group, Sixteen Feet. Outside of school, he enjoys producing music and playing squash.