Every year QSN selects one Quest Scholar from each partner college campus to serve as Quest Liaison, the primary communicator between the QSN chapter and our staff in California.
The role of a Quest Liaison
As Liaison, you serve as the primary communicator between your campus’s Quest Scholars Network chapter and the QSN staff. You are responsible for outreach and coordination with other QSN chapters, via their respective Liaisons.
It is your responsibility to keep the QSN staff informed of the composition of your leadership team, service projects, chapter funding needs, future organizational plans, and all other ongoing events. Additionally, you will be expected to provide QSN with written and multimedia content from your chapter on a regular basis for the QSN website, Facebook page and other QSN outreach channels and program materials.
It is also your responsibility to disseminate the information given to you at the Liaison training and inform your fellow Quest Scholars of their chapter’s responsibilities and function, as well as of Quest-related opportunities and new resources.
You are encouraged to communicate with your counterpart Liaisons at other QuestBridge partner colleges. You serve as a representative of QuestBridge and the Quest Scholars Program. In this capacity, you may be asked to represent Quest at campus and other events.
Finally, the Liaison is responsible for creating a welcoming chapter environment for Quest Scholars on campus. You will act as a first point of contact for incoming freshmen. Critically, you will also serve as coordinator for the Quest Mentoring Program on your campus. Through QSN events, programs and activities, you will foster an enduring commitment to scholarship, leadership, and service among your peers.
Liaison Duties & Responsibilities
- Send an introductory email to all Quest Scholar freshmen before the start of the school year.
- Send an introductory email to all enrolled Quest Scholars during the first week of classes.
- Keep the QSN staff informed of all chapter events, status updates, and the mentoring program.
Liaisons share responsibility with chapter leadership for planning and hosting events. The following events must be held by all QSN chapters:
- Fall welcome event for matriculating freshmen
- Support the Ambassador Calling Campaign in the fall and spring
- Thanksgiving Dinner
- Event for admitted QuestBridge Finalists in the spring
The Liaison serves as coordinator for the Quest Mentoring Program on his or her campus:
- Email about mentoring
- Match mentors and mentees
- Monitor progress
The Liaison is responsible for making sure there is a Chapter Treasurer, whether by appointment or by chapter election. Until there is a Chapter Treasurer, the Liaison will serve as Acting Treasurer and assume full fiscal responsibility for the Chapter.
The Liaison shares responsibility for organizing and staging all chapter elections. If a full leadership team is not already in place at the start of the school year, elections for all vacant positions must be held by the end of October.
Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, we advise that the roles of President and Liaison be merged within each QSN chapter. An election should be held no later than April 2013 to fill the role for the following academic year. Nonetheless, if this arrangement does not complement your chapter’s existing hierarchy, it does not need to be instituted
The ideal Quest Liaison is someone who:
Loves planning events.
Enjoys bringing people together to build community.
Likes collaboration with his or her peers.
Is intrinsically motivated and can take initiative.
Feels comfortable delegating tasks to his or her peers.
Proactively seeks support from QSN staff when needed.
Maintains regular communication with QSN staff through Facebook and email.
Is fiscally responsible and can maintain detailed financial records.
Ensures chapter content on the QSN website is up-to-date.
Embodies the Quest ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service.
Scholars selected as Liaisons must attend a four-day summer Liaison Training session with QSN staff in Palo Alto, California. QSN organizes workshops and educational excursions in the San Francisco area to inform Liaisons of their responsibilities for the upcoming school year. The Liaison Training is a very rewarding experience for those who want to create a campus community, as well as a unique chance to build lifelong friendships with Quest Scholars from across the country.
Below are the current (2012-13) Quest Liaisons:
Amherst: Carlos Gonzalez '14
Bowdoin: Arhea Marshall '15
Brown: Jake Moffett '15
Caltech: Richie Hernandez '15
Chicago: David Maugaotega '14
Columbia: Taylor Breen '13
Dartmouth: Ilenna Jones '15
Emory: Cindy Nguyen '14
Grinnell: Megan Konzelman '16
Haverford: Rachel Davis '13
MIT: Quynh Nguyen '15
Northwestern: Daniel Nissani '14
Notre Dame: Hannah Lin '14
Oberlin: Monica Monsalve '15
Parsons: Rick Rodriguez '16
Penn: Megan Smith '16
Pomona: Muhammad Jalal '16
Princeton: Shawon Jackson '15
Rice: Jocelyn Monroy '13
Scripps: Taryn Riera '15
Stanford: Tracy Yang '16
Swarthmore: Rebecca Senft '15
Trinity: Salima Etoka '15
USC: Winona Leon '15
UVa: Marvin Nogueda '15
Vassar: Jeremiah Bernau '13
W&L: Hilary Nelson '14
Wellesley: Lisa Liu '13
Wesleyan: Erik Islo '15
Williams: Tanzim Milkey '15
Yale: Michael Cruciger '15
Amherst: Fengsheng (Helen) Zhu
Bowdoin: Van Tra
Brown: Paul Tran
Caltech: Abel Misrak
Chicago: Kashira Turner
Columbia: Danielle Rojas
Dartmouth: Taylor Payer
Emory: Peter Tran
Haverford: Caya Simonsen
MIT: Peter Nguyen
Northwestern: Daniel Flores
Notre Dame: Alyssa Vu
Oberlin: Terrance Embry
Parsons: Jessy Jo Gomez
Penn: Michael Tony
Pomona: Cristian Monroy
Princeton: Ryan Elliott
Rice: Joseph Huseman
Scripps: Briana Smith
Stanford: Shanika Pelpola
Swarthmore: Mackenzie Welch
Trinity: Yun Gong
USC: Kim Luong
UVA: Arianna Trickey
Vassar: Kaitlin Reed
Washington & Lee: Melissa Derby
Wellesley: Maria Taha
Wesleyan: Lindsey Proper
Williams: Guedis Cardenas
Yale: Christine Jun
2011-2012 Lead Liaisons
Each Lead Liaison supported a "color team" of Liaisons grouped by geographic region and kept in regular contact with the QSN.
Farrah Bui (Princeton '14): Lead for Team Yellow (Emory, Oberlin, Rice, UVA, Washington & Lee)
Tina Chang (Penn '14): Lead for Team Blue (Haverford, Penn, Princeton, Swarthmore, Vassar)
Andrew Choi (Princeton '14): Lead for Team Orange (Caltech, Pomona, Scripps, Stanford, USC)
Kelsey Gaetjens (Williams '13): Lead for Team Green (Amherst, Brown, MIT, Wellesley, Williams)
Hector Correa (Yale '13): Lead for Team Red (Bowdoin, Chicago, Dartmouth, Northwestern, Notre Dame)
Emily Warner (Washington & Lee '14): Lead for Team Purple (Columbia, Parsons, Trinity, Wesleyan, Yale)