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Visible Hands in Economics

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What is the VHE program?

The VHE Program (Visible Hands in Economics) was introduced in 2018/19 and is designed to create a welcoming, inclusive environment in introductory economics. The program is responsible for many of the traditional TA roles, including hosting section-specific clinics and grading. In addition to section-specific clinics, the VHEs host a weekly study-hall open to all students in introductory economics.

VHE study halls create a space for students to work on problem sets, solidify economic concepts, and meet with other students interested in economic issues. Four VHEs are in attendance at each study hall to help introduce students to the discipline, including working with students on course content and sharing ideas and strategies for getting the most out of introductory economics. 

Section Professor VHE Day Time Location
1 Golub Lyla Kiratiwudhikul Thursday and Sunday 8-10 pm Kohlberg 226
2 Wang Sarah Wheaton Monday 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm Kohlberg 201
3 Golub Malini Kohli Thursday and Sunday 8-10 pm Kohlberg 226
4 He Siddharth Srivatsan Tuesday 8-10 pm Kohlbrerg 114
5 Caskey

Bingxin Tu

Tuesday 8-10 pm Kohlberg 226
6 Remer

Yunhao Wu

Sunday 7-11 pm Kohlberg 228
7 Remer

Susanna McGrew

Sunday 7-11 pm Kohlberg 228
All All VHE Coordinator:  Mirayda Martinez
VHEs: Richmond Mensa, Emma Tapp, Ethan Witkowski
Wednesday 8-10 pm Kohlberg 226

 

Fall 2019 VHEs

Lyla Kiratiwudhikul

Name: Lyla Kiratiwudhikul
Graduation year: 2020
Majors(s)/Minor(s): Computer Science and Economics double major.
Economics Courses Taken: ECON 011, 021, 031, 081, 083, 101.
What is your favorite thing about economics: Learning how to optimize.

 

Malini Kohli

Name: Malini Kohli
Graduation year: 2020
Majors(s)/Minor(s): Economics and Math double major.
Economics Courses Taken: ECON 002A FYS: Emerging Market Economies, ECON 015 Economic Poverty and Inequality, ECON 011 Intermediate Microeconomics, ECON 021 Intermediate Macroeconomics, ECON 033 Financial Accounting, ECON 032 Operations Research, Comparative Growth in Asia and Africa (abroad), and International Economics (abroad).
Interesting fact: I have a food blog for which I write annually.
What is your favorite thing about economics: Its applicability.

Mirayda Martinez

Name: Mirayda Martinez (VHE Coordinator)
Graduation year: 2020
Majors(s)/Minor(s): Double Major in Computer Science and Economics.
Economics Courses Taken: Introduction to Economics (001); Intermediate Micro (011); Intermediate Macro (021); Economic Poverty & Inequality (015); Financial Accounting (033); Economic Development (081); Introduction to Econometrics (031).
Interesting fact: I share the same birthday as my dog.
What is your favorite thing about economics: My favorite thing about the Economics department are the professors; they truly want to see their students succeed and will go the distance to make sure that you're fully understanding the material.

Susanna McGrew

Name: Susanna McGrew
Graduation year: 2020
Majors(s)/Minor(s): Economics (course) and Philosophy (honors).
Economics Courses Taken: Intro (001); Industrial Organization (061); Macro (021); Labor Economics (abroad); Microeconomics (abroad); Quantitative Economics (abroad); Environmental Economics (167).
Interesting fact: I can reach both feet behind my head.
What is your favorite thing about economics: Economics gives a really powerful way of making sense of all kinds of social data, and has amazing potential for making better policy!

Richmond Mensah

Name: Richmond Mensah
Graduation year: 2021
Majors(s)/Minor(s): Double Major: Computer Science and Economics.
Economics Courses Taken: Introduction to Economics 001, Micreconomics 011, Macroeconomics 021, Industrial Organization 061(currently), Introduction to Econometrics 031(currently).
Interesting fact: I like pineapple on pizza.
What is your favorite thing about economics: My favorite thing about economics is that is useful and usually vital to making decisions in a wide array of different real-life scenarios.

Siddharth Srivatsan

Name: Siddharth Srivatsan
Graduation year: 2020
Majors(s)/Minor(s): Economics and Mathematics.
Economics Courses Taken: Intro to Economics (001), Intermediate Microeconomics (011), Intermediate Macroeconomics (021), Intro to Econometrics (031), Global Capitalism Since 1920 (054), Advanced Microeconomics (101), and Behavioral and Experimental Economics (155).
Interesting fact: I don't own a single pair of jeans.
What is your favorite thing about economics: My favorite thing about economics is the set of tools it has developed to critically analyze public policy ideas that public figures vocalize their support for.

Emma Tapp

Name: Emma Tapp
Graduation year: 2020
Majors(s)/Minor(s): Honors Econ and Bio Course Major (Bio Honors Minor).
Economics Courses Taken: 001, 011, 021, 031, 033, 075, 122, 181.
Interesting fact: I've lived in three states (NJ, MA, CA).
What is your favorite thing about economics: The wonderful professors at Swarthmore!
 

Bing Xin Tu

Name: Bing Xin Tu
Graduation year: 2021
Majors(s)/Minor(s): Honors Economics & Chinese.
Economics Courses Taken: ECON 001, ECON 011; ECON 021; ECON 031; ECON 54; ECON 122 .
Interesting fact: I love cooking!
What is your favorite thing about economics: Interesting podcasts like Planet Money!!
 

Sarah Wheaton

Name: Sarah Wheaton
Graduation year: 2021
Majors(s)/Minor(s): Honors Economics Major, Honors Political Science Minor/Course Major.
Economics Courses Taken: Intro to Economics (001), Intermediate Microeconomics (011), Intermediate Macroeconomics (021), Introduction to Econometrics (031), Health Economics (075), Environmental Economics (176).
Interesting fact: I have an older brother who goes to Haverford.
What is your favorite thing about economics: I love that economics is a systematic way of analyzing the world that can be applied to a really wide range of topics.

Ethan Witkowski

Name: Ethan Witkowski
Graduation year: 2020
Majors(s)/Minor(s): Economics major.
Economics Courses Taken: Introduction to Econometrics 031; Intermediate Macroeconomics 021; Economics Research Seminar 091; Economic Development 081; Intermediate Microeconomics 011 (in progress).
Interesting fact: I practiced tenkara-style fishing for a number of years.
What is your favorite thing about economics: Econometric modeling.

Eddie Wu

Name: Eddie Wu
Graduation year: 2021
Majors(s)/Minor(s): Economics and Statistics.
Economics Courses Taken: Econ 001, Econ 011, Econ 021, Econ 033.
Interesting fact: I am a Chinese kiwi.
What is your favorite thing about economics: Economics offers me the critical thinking skills to understand issues in our society.