Mentoring circles support a journey through STEM

An initiative of the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council Diversity Committee has established an informal network of “mentoring circles” for postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates in STEM, with a particular emphasis on including participants from underrepresented backgrounds.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Celebrating MLK

The annual Commemorative Symposium on Social Change features events to commemorate and honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Gwyneth K. Shaw

Podcast series charts a path for Latin Americans in science

Concerned about the scarcity of Latin Americans in scientific careers, doctoral students Kevin Alicea-Torres and Enrique Lin-Shiao took action to prime the pump. On their Spanish-language podcast, “Caminos en Ciencia,” they chat with Latinx scientists who discuss their career paths and provide advice for young scientists-to-be.

Katherine Unger Baillie

In the News

WHYY (Philadelphia)

‘We all have a lot more to do’: Del. business leaders get crash course on reducing racial disparities in the workforce

Stephanie Creary of the Wharton School spoke to the Delaware Chamber of Commerce about addressing race and diversity in the workplace. “The more that we actually pretend that race isn’t a factor or that we don’t have different races, what the studies have shown is that we actually tend to engage in more biased behavior,” she said.


Chronicle of Higher Education

How Serious Are You About Diversity Hiring?

The Graduate School of Education’s Marybeth Gasman discussed the disconnect between universities’ messaging on diversity and the realities of their hiring practices and treatment of faculty of color.


Times Higher Education U.K.

U.S. Student Enrolment Growth to ‘Decline Over Next Decade’

College enrollment is set to decline, but will see a simultaneous increase in racial diversity, according to Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education. Gasman suggested that most universities are ill-prepared for the shift and will need to diversify faculty to better accommodate future students.


Christian Science Monitor

Ivy Degree – Now What? Low-Income Grads Struggle with Careers, Status

Low-income first-generation college students met at Penn in February for the fourth annual 1vyG conference, where President Amy Gutmann welcomed the scholars.


Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Study Reports Wide Gender Disparity Among MSI Presidents

The Graduate School of Education’s Marybeth Gasman commented on the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions’ new report, which advocates for more diversity in higher-education leadership.


NBC News

Why Job Referrals Can Hurt a Company’s Diversity

Stephanie Creary of the Wharton School encourages diversity in the workplace and says, “Without diversity, you don’t get that same level of information, so you're going to operate in the same ways you’ve always done. And in this era of competition, how we've been doing it is not necessarily enough to get to the next level.”