University mourns the loss of Mia Bezar

Dear Penn Community,

With heavy hearts, we write to share that Mia Bezar ’23, a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, passed away Sunday, February 13th, 2022. Mia was majoring in Political Science, with minors in Urban Studies and French and Francophone Studies.
As a native of the Philadelphia region, Mia attended The William Penn Charter and Baldwin Schools before enrolling at the University of Pennsylvania. Mia was committed to the Penn community and environmental justice. As a leader in the Model UN, Mia served as the Under-Secretary General for the Economic and Social Council. While working at Earth Refuge as a Partnerships & Public Relations Officer, Mia developed the Philadelphia Spotlight Series; she was deeply committed to educating on issues surrounding climate migration and finding sustainable solutions.
Mia’s family wishes for her to be remembered for her profound kindness and compassion.
University staff are working closely to support Mia’s family and friends.

Student Counseling’s Let’s Talk program will have staff available for free and confidential drop-in conversations at the following dates and locations:

  • Monday, February 14th, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Education Commons 228
  • Tuesday, February 15th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Penn First Plus Room GF01F

Penn is a supportive community and we are here for each other through challenging situations. We know that grief can affect people in various ways. Now and always, Penn stands with you, and we want to comfort you.

Please use the resources below if you need support.
If you have a personal or academic concern and want to talk to someone at Penn:

  • Student Counseling (215-898-7021, 24/7): Any student can speak to a trained clinician by phone, day or night. Students also can schedule virtual appointments. Visit the Stress, Distress, and Crisis page for additional emotional health support.
  • The University Chaplain’s Office (215-898-8456) provides pastoral support, informal advising, and counseling to students in need of care and comfort. Chaplain’s Office staff are here “to be a shoulder, to be an ear, to be a friend, to be a fellow sojourner, to be an advocate, and a faithful presence.” The Chaplain’s Office works with faith communities and campus ministers who also provide spiritual support. Students of all faiths are warmly welcomed.

School advising offices

  • College of Arts and Sciences: 215-898-6341
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science: 215-898-7246
  • School of Nursing: 215-898-6687
  • Wharton Undergraduate Division: 215-898-7613
  • Other faculty or staff you know and trust.

If you don’t feel well:

  • Student Health (215-746-3535) offers comprehensive primary care, including services to help you eat well, sleep well, and reduce stress. Students must call first to speak to SHS staff, who can determine whether to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment.

If you aren’t sure where to go or you’re concerned about a friend:

  • Student Intervention Services ( supports students in crises, helps students access resources, and responds to concerns about students’ well-being.
  • The Division of Public Safety’s HELP line (215-898-HELP/215-898-4357) is a 24/7 service that connects Penn students, staff, faculty, and families with appropriate resources.