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Additional Staff Support

As a student in the Summer Scholars Program, you'll benefit from the support of additional staff members, both inside and outside the classroom.

Karen Henry

Karen Henry '87, Dean of First Year Students

When I came to Swarthmore, I felt like I didn't fit. I struggled here, mainly because my Philadelphia high school hadn't prepared me for the challenge. What saved me was the mentoring I got from faculty and staff. All of them helped me not just to survive but to thrive at Swarthmore.

When I returned to work in the Student Affairs Division, I determined to make sure to provide this same kind of mentoring and support. A lot of students come into my office and describe what a different experience Swarthmore is for them. I share with them my experience and assure them they will survive. I encourage them to use faculty office hours and to speak up in discussion-based classes—two things first-gen students struggle with. I tell them that this is their chance to take advantage of the great resources Swarthmore has to offer—summer research funding, internships, career services, and programs such as the Richard Rubin Scholar Mentoring Program. This helps first-gen students navigate not only Swarthmore, but life after.

Kyra Harvey-Broughton

Kyra Harvey-Broughton '19, Program Coordinator

As a Swarthmore student from a low-income background, I had first-hand experience with some of the challenges that under-resourced students face as they transition to Swarthmore's rigorous academic environment. In S3P, I share my own experience pursuing a STEM major at Swarthmore whilst battling imposter syndrome. As an antidote to overwhelm, I work to familiarize Scholars with the plethora of resources available to them as Swarthmore students, and I encourage them to regularly and persistently seek help. My hope is that scholars finish our program with a sense of belonging in community and a strong network of support that will last throughout and beyond their time in college.


Summer Support Staff

Staff members who are selected annually to support the program include:

  • Additional professional staff: Summer Scholars Program students are supported by professional staff from multiple academic departments across the college.
  • Student mentors: Student mentors are current Swarthmore students who work with the scholars in the classroom and beyond. Mentors facilitate academic engagement, community building, and peer mentorship throughout the summer and into the academic year.

Summer Scholars Program Committee

The Summer Scholars Program committee includes the S3P Director, the S3P Coordinator, and the four faculty members who will teach in that year's program. The program has widespread institutional support throughout our community.

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"The student mentors are the 'secret sauce' for the S3P's recipe. They are terrific as individuals and are an amazing team." 
- Amy Cheng Vollmer, former director

Students in Kohlberg Courtyard