A fair housing law proposal to promote racial and economic integration

A research brief co-authored by Provost Wendell Pritchett proposes the use of fair housing law to work toward the end of segregation, and emphasize that the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing provision of the Fair Housing Act extends to all federal agencies.

From Penn Law

Karen Detlefsen named Penn vice provost for education

The professor of philosophy in the School of Arts & Sciences, with a secondary appointment in the Graduate School of Education, has been named vice provost for education at the University of Pennsylvania, effective July 1.

Leo Charney

In the News


Getting personal with college admission: Requesting the right recommendations

Vice Provost and Dean of Admissions Whitney Soule said letters of recommendation used in college applications should highlight specific examples of a student’s characteristics. “If a recommender can focus on how the applicant does something rather than telling us what the applicant does, it helps a lot,” she said.


Dallas Morning News

COVID changed college application, but not what colleges are looking for in students

Vice Provost and Dean of Admissions Whitney Soule wrote an opinion piece about changes to the college application process amid the pandemic.


Voice of America

Retired Black players say NFL brain-injury payouts show bias

David A. Hoffman of the Law School and Provost Wendell E. Pritchett served as special masters for the judge overseeing the NFL’s settlement of brain injury claims. Their work involved assessing the legitimacy of using race norms in cognitive scoring.


University World News

To future academics: We need you to revive democracy

Vice Provost for Faculty Laura Perna, of the Graduate School of Education, co-authored an open later to future academics, arguing that higher education is a crucial tool for democracy. “Academic life, as we have lived it, and as we envision it for you, is about challenging norms and creating a society that foments democracy,” they wrote.


Fox 29 (Philadelphia)

Rising high school seniors invited to apply UPenn's summer prep program

Vice Provost for Student Engagement Valarie Swain-Cade McCollum was interviewed about Penn’s summer program for rising high school seniors.


KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

Penn offers free online college prep courses to incoming high school seniors

Vice Provost for Student Engagement Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum spoke about Penn’s new Rising Senior Summer Academy for Philadelphia high school students.