Campus-wide communications from University administration.
Statement of support to international students
International students and scholars have been an integral part of the University of Pennsylvania from its earliest days. They are treasured members of our community who contribute to the diversity, vibrancy and intellectual excellence of Penn in countless important ways.
Penn announces plans to remove statue of George Whitefield and forms working group to study campus names and iconography
We are today announcing that a statue of George Whitefield that was erected in the Quad in the early twentieth-century will be removed from our campus. We make this change after careful consideration of what it means for our campus community, both now and into the future. The case for removing Whitefield is overwhelmingly strong. He was a well-known evangelical preacher in the mid-eighteenth century, who notably led a successful campaign to allow slavery in Georgia. This is undeniably one of Whitefield’s principal legacies.
A message to the community about Penn’s plans for the fall semester
The University’s plans for the fall semester reflect the communal responsibility to preserve the shared health and safety of the community, while sustaining our commitments to teaching, learning, research, and service.
A message to the Penn community on Penn Public Safety
The United States is at a moment of national reckoning, confronting a long history of racist policies and practices that have perpetuated heinous injustices and have prevented our nation from achieving the ideals of justice, freedom, and equality we proclaim to the world.
A statement regarding restrictions on international students and scholars
We are deeply troubled by the Administration’s recent moves to restrict entry of certain international students and scholars into the United States. This is a major setback not only for higher education, but for our country as a whole. We need to welcome the widest range of individuals to our shores. For almost two centuries, we have unequivocally welcomed an impressive array of international students and scholars to Penn. It is simply a fact that global engagement is beneficial to our Commonwealth and nation, and certainly to our University.
A statement on the Supreme Court’s DACA ruling
We are enormously pleased that the Supreme Court today has preserved the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a program that we have long supported and consistently advocated for. DACA students have had great success at Penn and have gone on to make invaluable contributions to our community and nation. We are proud to have them as students and alumni, and to support their aspirations to share in the American Dream. I am so pleased that this decision will relieve them of the burden of doubt that they have been forced to carry for the past few years.
A message to the Penn community on the fiscal year 2021 budget
As we approach the final weeks of the current fiscal year, we are writing to update you on the financial challenges presented by COVID-19. Our principal goal is to provide transparency into the fiscal realities and uncertainties we must confront as a community. Last week, the Board of Trustees approved the operating budgets and capital plans for fiscal year 2021 (FY21). We write today to share a summary of the financial information provided to the Board of Trustees.
Juneteenth: An important day for reflection
This Juneteenth, when our country is reckoning with the racism and discrimination that permeated the history of our country and universities for centuries, we reflect on what we can do to dismantle systemic and structural barriers to equality.
Statement on Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ employment rights
The Supreme Court decision is a step toward equity and justice for all LGBTQ people and the community.
A plan of action: Penn Athletics’ first steps to combat racism
Earlier this week, the Division’s senior administrators and I met virtually with approximately 30 Black student-athletes at Penn in an honest, collaborative, and impactful dialog regarding their experience as a student-athlete. As a Division, we admit we have not done enough to take an active stand against racism and are firmly committed to becoming an organization that is truly antiracist.