Graduate Students

Why anti-racism education belongs in business school

The co-presidents of Wharton’s African-American MBA Association discuss leading the Black at Wharton community’s response to the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests and the impacts the demonstrations have had on them and their communities.

Dee Patel

The Penn Family Center turns 10

When Stephanie Pierson showed up to a support group for Penn students who have children, she didn’t expect that everyone would be crying within the first five minutes, herself included.

The Pennsylvania Gazette

Facing mounting pressure, ICE rescinds visa rule

Amid mounting pressure from colleges and universities, including Penn, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has revoked a controversial policy affecting international students with F-1 visas.

Amanda Mott



In the News


The New York Times

Florida sees signals of a climate-driven housing crisis

Research led by Benjamin Keys and doctoral student Philip Mulder of the Wharton School found that Florida’s coastal real estate market has been on the decline for nearly a decade.

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BBC News

Elon Musk to show off working brain-hacking device

Ari Benjamin, a doctoral student in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, said the biggest stumbling block for brain-to-machine interface technology is the complexity of the human brain. "Once they have the recordings, Neuralink will need to decode them and will someday hit the barrier that is our lack of basic understanding of how the brain works, no matter how many neurons they record from,” he said. "Decoding goals and movement plans is hard when you don't understand the neural code in which those things are communicated."

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Philadelphia Inquirer

By wearing a Milwaukee Bucks mask, I hope people will stop asking me where I’m ‘really’ from

Tong Wang, a student in the Perelman School of Medicine, writes about the surge in anti-Asian racism that has accompanied the pandemic. “I’m proud to wear my mask; it protects people and can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus,” he writes. “But I make an intentional choice about which mask I choose to minimize discrimination.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia-area health-care students are helping patients in isolation connect with loved ones

Ramie Fathy, a third-year student in the Perelman School of Medicine, spoke about founding the Philadelphia Organization of Health Professions Students, which has been supporting local health-care workers. “It’s been rewarding to see so many students from all over the area want to help in any way they can,” he said.

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Chronicle of Social Change

Does your agency reflect the diversity of the community it serves? Why not?

Raekwon Burton, a grad student in the School of Social Policy & Practice, wrote about the lack of diversity in the field of social work.

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The Washington Post

Trump issued an executive order to prepare for an EMP attack. What is it, and should you worry?

School of Arts and Sciences Ph.D. students Christopher Blair, Casey Mahoney, Shira Pindyck, and Joshua Schwartz co-wrote about the president’s plans to issue an executive order meant to protect the country from electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks. The authors say that such an attack is highly unlikely, due to the prospect of nuclear retaliation from the U.S. and assertions that the destructive capacity of EMPs has been overstated.

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