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  • The anniversary of COVID-19 and the growing importance of allyship

    In fall 2020, Senior Adjunct Professor of Global Leadership Rangita de Silva de Alwis’ “Women, Law, and Leadership” course at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School interviewed over 65 male law students and 40 legal and business leaders to ask about gender bias and allyship in the workplace. Over 89% of interviewees talked about how implicit, systemic, and structural biases exist, and most of these interviewees also discussed potential ideas for how to counter these kinds of subtle bias in the workplace.

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  • PennPraxis and Water Center at Penn to develop stormwater master plan for Pittsburgh

    PennPraxis, the consulting and community engagement arm of the Weitzman School of Design, and the The Water Center at Penn have been engaged by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to lead the development of a comprehensive stormwater master plan for Pittsburgh.

    FULL STORY AT Weitzman School of Design

  • Penn Law’s Eric Feldman on the likelihood of employers requiring mandatory COVID-19 vaccines

    The Heimbold Chair in International Law and Professor of Law Eric A. Feldman predicts that quite a few private companies are likely to require a COVID-19 vaccination, particularly those that involve some degree of contact between employees and the public, citing the 1905 case of Jacobson v. Massachusetts, which gives states the legal authority to mandate vaccines. However, he thinks a mandate is unlikely.

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  • Penn Athletics earns perfect AEI score from Athlete Ally

    The organization Athlete Ally, a leading national nonprofit working at the intersection of sport and LGBTQI+ equality, recently unveiled its third Athletic Equality Index (AEI). Penn’s Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics earned a perfect 100 score on the newest iteration of the AEI, making Penn the only Ivy League institution or Philadelphia city school to boast such a score.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Athletics

  • Less is more: Redefining the luxury goods market

    Wharton’s Pinar Yildirim and John Zhang talk about their research on the cultural shift away from conspicuous consumption, towards something called “minimalist luxury,” and what it means for the luxury goods market that relies on these wealthy consumers.

    FULL STORY AT Knowledge@Wharton

  • Top organizations across U.S. launch NinetyToZero to combat racial wealth gap

    An inaugural group of leading national CEOs and organizations including Goldman Sachs, Starbucks, and the Wharton School have come together to combat the racial wealth gap with the launch of NinetyToZero. Driven by the goal to transform the economic landscape that has led to a 90% racial wealth gap between white and Black Americans, NinetyToZero seeks to bring deliberate, collective action to counteract centuries of discrimination, segregation, and financial exploitation.

    FULL STORY AT Wharton

  • Zoom meetings are here to stay: Can we beat the fatigue?

    Wharton management professor Iwan Barankay says company leaders must improve the culture around video meetings because they are here to stay, regardless of whether employees physically return to the office.

    FULL STORY AT Knowledge@Wharton

  • Anti-Asian violence in America

    In an attempt to examine how the most recent Atlanta shooting and ongoing acts of anti-Asian violence have affected some of Penn’s medical students, the Perelman School of Medicine solicited volunteers who were willing to share how their race and ethnicity have affected different aspects of their medical education and identities. 

    FULL STORY AT Center for Health Equity Advancement

  • Celebrating 10 years of Wharton Social Impact

    Now in its 10th academic year, Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) has worked to create a more equitable and sustainable global economy. Around 600Wharton students have participated in WSII’s intensive training programs over the past decade.

    FULL STORY AT Wharton Magazine

  • Master in Law students and alumni lead diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at the Law School and beyond

    The ML is a Penn Law degree launched in 2014 for non-lawyers, providing targeted legal education to industry leaders and accomplished academics, professionals, and Penn students, enabling them to inform their important work by understanding the law impacting their fields.

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