Netter Center for Community Partnerships

2023 Women of Color at Penn Awards

The 36th annual Women of Color at Penn award ceremony celebrated the achievements of women of color at Penn and in the broader community, highlighting this year’s theme of self-care and healing.

Kristina García

Green solutions are transforming a West Philadelphia grade school

With support from grants and the Netter Center, the Andrew Hamilton School in Cobbs Creek is now home to a food forest and a thriving garden, providing healthy produce, green space, stormwater management, and educational opportunities.

Katherine Unger Baillie

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In the News

Billy Penn

A real art project at Quinta Brunson’s former school in West Philly mirrors the ‘Abbott Elementary’ Mural Arts episode

Thanks to the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Shira Walinsky of the Weitzman School of Design designed and created a mural at West Philly’s Andrew Hamilton Elementary with help from volunteers and Penn students.


Chronicle of Higher Education

Cities and the urban university

Penn is lauded for organizing a University-Assisted Community Schools Network and for offering roughly 80 academically-based community service courses through the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, with a quote from the Center’s founding director Ira Harkavy.


The New York Times

Community schools offer more than just teaching

The Netter Center University-Assisted Community Schools Network, founded in 2015, is noted as a valuable partnership between community schools and about 70 universities.


Philadelphia Inquirer

News Penn partners with West Philly High to give it a new ‘front porch’ and teach students about careers

Daniel Flinchbaugh of the Weitzman School of Design manages Design to Thrive, a Weitzman summer program in collaboration with the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. The project teamed Weitzman grad students with West Philadelphia High School students to build a new outdoor rec area for their high school.


Inside Higher Ed

The fight for diverse, inclusive, antiracist, and just democracies

Ira Harkavy and Rita Hodges of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships and others co-wrote an op-ed about higher education and systemic oppression. “Just as many colleges and universities are reckoning with their own institutional histories of exclusion, higher education as a field must recognize where it has failed and come up short. Only then can it come honestly to tables with communities, governments, and citizens to build inclusive, antiracist democracies together,” they wrote.


University World News

HE must help build a more sustainable, democratic future

Ira Harkavy of the Netter Center and colleagues describe the importance of higher education to democracy in their new book, “Higher education’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic—Building a more sustainable and democratic future.”