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Haverford Athletes of Color Coalition (AOCC)

 

Mission Statement

We are Black and Brown student-athletes creating institutional, anti-racist change within Haverford College’s athletic community. AOCC's formation also provides an empowering source of emotional, social, and athletic support for BIPOC student-athletes at Haverford. AOCC's continuous collaboration with the athletic department and admissions aims to design a more inclusive and equitable environment for Haverford College’s Black and Brown "Black Squirrels".

We can be contacted via email at haverfordaocc@gmail.com.

 

Co-Founders/Co-Heads

Jessica Lopez '21
Women's Track & Field
she/her/hers

Jasmine Reed '22
Women's Track & Field
she/her/hers

 

Subcommittee Co-Heads

Diversity and Recruiting

Jessica Lopez '21
Women's Track & Field

Hello! My name is Jessica Lopez, I use she/her/hers pronouns, I am a senior at Haverford, and I am a co-captain of the women’s track & field team. I am a co-founder and co-head of AOCC. I am also an anthropology major, health studies minor, and economics, minor from Los Angeles, California. AOCC means so much to me, and I am ever grateful that I have found a community of  thriving, brilliant BIPOC student-athletes to call my friends and partners in radical work. Through AOCC, I have felt empowered to make sustainable, institutional change so that the next BIPOC athlete that comes after me will have a better experience, and so on.

Jasmine Reed '22
Women's Track & Field

Hi everyone! My name is Jasmine Reed, I use she/her/hers pronouns, I am a junior at Haverford, and a co-captain of the women’s track & field team. In addition to being an AOCC co-founder, I am one of the AOCC co-heads. I’m a junior anthropology major with a concentration in Africana Studies on the pre-law track from Easton, Pennsylvania. I find myself particularly passionate about AOCC’s sustainable network of BIPOC student-athletes in this shared understanding of our unique experiences on campus. It’s incredibly validating to witness both the internal and external work the AOCC is doing to work towards equitable and inclusive environments for BIPOC student-athletes and to have support across the community.

  

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Liaisons

Madison Adore '21
Volleyball

My name is Madison Adore, I use she/her/hers pronouns. I am a senior at Haverford and a volleyball co-captain. In terms of AOCC, I am a SAAC Liaison. I am a biology major/pre-med and French minor from North Potomac, Maryland. AOCC has helped me find community at a time that I’ve needed it most. Before AOCC, I often felt alone in athletics, that I didn’t have anyone who could relate to the struggles and turmoil that I’ve faced. Since its creation, I have not only felt the support of having a community within athletics but I have also been exposed to some of the most driven, competent, and inspiring individuals I have ever met.

Raina Gully '21
Women's Basketball

Hi! My name is Raina Gully, I use she/her pronouns, I am a senior at Haverford, and I am a member of the leadership council on the women's basketball team. I am also an AOCC liaison for SAAC. I'm an English major, psychology minor, and creative writing concentrator, and I'm from Springfield, Illinois. AOCC is a strong community of BIPOC student-athletes who are dedicated to making athletics at Haverford as inclusive, diverse, and anti-racist as possible by working together across all teams and fostering a supportive environment for the community that I really value and appreciate.

Team Affairs and Mitigation

 

Mia Reyes '22
Women's Soccer

Hey! My name is Mia Reyes, I use she/her pronouns. I am a junior at Haverford and a midfielder on the women’s soccer team. I am also an AOCC co-head for the subcommittee on team affairs and mitigation. I am an environmental studies major, and health studies minor from New Jersey. The AOCC has given me a more tangible support network of fellow athletes of color that was previously lacking within the Haverford College athletic department. Being a part of this coalition has made it clear that an intentional space for Black, Indigenous, and student-athletes of color is essential to ensure that the Haverford Athletics experience truly fulfills the highest of expectations for each individual. I am grateful to have built new friendships and to have found a warm community in Haverford's BIPOC student-athletes, especially within a predominantly white department and school.


Eli Vega '23
Men's Lacrosse

Hey, my name is Elijah (or Eli). I use he/him/his pronouns. I am a sophomore at Haverford and a midfielder on the men's lacrosse team. I am also an AOCC co-head for the subcommittee on team affairs and mitigation. I intend on majoring in English with a minor in economics. I am from The Bronx and Harlem, NYC. To me, AOCC is a group of talented minds and athletes that have the capacity to create a model for change and growth not only within Haverford Athletics, but the entire Haverford community and beyond!

Institutional Memory

 

Raynor Bond-Ashpole '21
Men's Fencing

Hello! My name is Raynor Bond-Ashpole and I use he/him/his pronouns. I am a senior at Haverford and an epeeist on the men's fencing team. I am also a co-head of the AOCC's Institutional Memory subcommittee. I am majoring in history and minoring in sociology and environmental studies. I am excited to work with the AOCC, as it is a concrete avenue to push the athletic department towards a culture of anti-racism rather than one of passivity. It is my hope that within the wider efforts to craft an anti-racist world, our own efforts here will manifest in the increased well-being (whether physical, mental or emotional) of current and future student-athletes of color.

 

Nyla Robinson '21
Women's Basketball

Hi everyone! My name is Nyla Robinson and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I am a senior at Haverford, a point guard, and a member of the leadership council on the the women’s basketball team. I am also an AOCC co-head for the Institutional Memory subcommittee. I am from Fords, New Jersey and majoring in mathematics and minoring in economics. In my many years of playing basketball, more often then not I was the only person of color on my team. The AOCC creates the community, a community of people of color, within athletics that I've always yearned for. There is strength in shared experience, strength that helps you keep going, and AOCC provides that. The work we do in the AOCC is important to me because, together, we are reimagining and creating more diverse and inclusive spaces, starting with athletics.

 

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