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

Interim Administrative Assistant 
Parish Hall LL-36 "The Nook"






Carl Sveen

Graduate Assistant
Parrish Hall LL-36 "The Nook"






Robert Eppley '19

Robert is a Junior from Orinda, CA double majoring in Biology and Political Science. He runs track at Swarthmore, and is the treasurer of the Swarthmore Marksmanship Club. Outside of Swarthmore, he does freelance automotive photography and writes for his automotive review website. 




Jenny Gao '18

Jenny is a psychology major and statistics minor from Cherry Hill, NJ. In her free time, she enjoys dancing for the Rhythm 'N Motion Dance Company and speaking to prospective students at the Admissions Office. Her guilty pleasure is socks with sandals.




Gilbert Guerra '19

Gilbert is an honors political science major and peace and conflict minor from Forrest County, Mississippi.  Outside of the CIL, he also serves as the founder and president of the Human Library Project, an initiative designed to create greater unity and understanding among the student body. 



Seimi Park '20

Seimi is a prospective economics and peace and conflict studies major from Virginia Beach, VA. Outside of the CIL, she serves as a DPA in Danawell and as Political Chair of the Swarthmore Asian Organization. She is currently on the search for Philadelphia's best cup of coffee.



Bridget Scott '18

Bridget is a senior biology and educational studies special major from Media, PA. In addition to working in the CIL, she interns in the Office of Sustainability and is a member the varsity volleyball and basketball teams.





Francisco Verón '19

Francisco is a double major in engineering and mathematics from Villarrica, Paraguay. As an engineer, innovation is something he thinks about constantly. Coming up with new ideas and leading the way to solve a problem are very exiting and fun for him. Outside of the CIL, Francisco enjoys running in the Crum, taking photographs, and reading novels.


Jasmine Xie '20

Jasmine is an Economics and Environmental Studies double major from Basking Ridge, New Jersey. In addition to designing for the CIL, she works as a GA in Hallowell and plays for the Warmothers, Swarthmore's Women's Ultimate Frisbee team. She also never posts on Instagram  unless the caption has a good pun.