We are pleased to announce that Prof. Angela Bell of the Psychology Department has been appointed the McKelvy House faculty adviser for the 2020-21 academic year. Prof. Bell is a social psychologist and dynamic instructor whose research primarily examines how people evaluate prejudiced behaviors and the function of stereotypes. Her appointment comes after Prof. Rachel Goshgarian‘s tenure of six years in the adviser position, during which she made many intellectual and community-building contributions to the scholars program.

The McKelvy Scholars Program is a unique community that prioritizes intellectual interaction among people from different personal, communal, and academic backgrounds. It has a long history of being home to some of the brightest minds at Lafayette College and its alumni include Barry Wellman ’63, professor of sociology at the University of Toronto, Poet Laureate of Philadelphia Yolanda Wisher ’96, and many others. The McKelvy Scholars meet every Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. to participate in dinner and discussion run by the McKelvy Scholars themselves.

“The McKelvy faculty adviser serves as an important role model, and one I see that students expect to be committed to their curiosity, enrichment, and safety on campus,” says Prof. Bell. “At Lafayette, I actively seek out opportunities to foster connections with students, and I take my mentorship role on campus seriously.”

We look forward to welcoming Prof. Bell to the position in the fall semester.

Mike Olin
Dean of Advising

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