A new public safety review and outreach initiative launches
Penn launches a public safety review and outreach initiative that seeks to conduct a comprehensive review and outreach program to assess Penn’s success in creating a physically and emotionally safe environment.
In time of need, emergency funding for a community in crisis
Since the pandemic began, the University has approved and dispersed $5 million in emergency financial support to employees, third-party contractors, and neighboring businesses and organizations.
A virtual tour of architectural masterpieces
David Brownlee, Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of 19th Century European Art in the School of Arts and Sciences, leads a virtual tour of some of Penn’s best-known historic buildings.
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Hundreds of health care workers remembered George Floyd and other victims of police violence at a White Coats for Black Lives event at Franklin Field.
Creating a civics curriculum with Philly students that can be taught online or in person
A research course on community engagement had been collaborating with Philadelphia teachers to create a curriculum about the importance of voting. Then the classroom experience moved online.
Educators should have the ‘hard conversation’ with students about events unfolding
Penn GSE’s Sigal Sigal Ben-Porath has guidance for educators on how to address the protests across the U.S. and the world with students at this crucial time.
At a community health center, doctors offer COVID testing—and screening for depression
The Sayre Health Center in West Philadelphia is including anxiety and depression screening with COVID-19 testing, a necessity for a population especially at risk for both.
Junior Paul Lin named a 2020 Udall Scholar
Junior Paul Lin, an earth science major in the College of Arts & Sciences, has been selected as a 2020 Udall Scholar.
A ‘Collective Climb’ to combat poverty
With the President’s Engagement Prize, seniors Hyungtae Kim, Kwaku Owusu, and Mckayla Warwick will work to combat poverty in West Philadelphia through education, shared resources, and community collaboration.
Walter Licht’s legacy of civic engagement
For more than 40 years at Penn, Walter Licht has crafted a career of equal parts renowned historian, teacher, and community activist, including creating the Penn Civic Scholars Program. Licht recently announced he is stepping down from his positions at Civic House.
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Stretch your charitable dollar with Penn’s 2019 High Impact Giving Guide
The Center for High Impact Philanthropy has released its annual giving guide. This year, the guide focused on three main areas: “Those recovering from substance abuse, hard-to-reach communities lacking basic healthcare, and students at various stages of life at risk of being left behind.”
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Truck traffic is clogging Center City streets. What’s Philly going to do about it?
The School of Design’s Erick Guerra discussed the issue of delivery trucks blocking major streets in Philadelphia. “One of the big first steps is closely analyzing and understanding the problem,” he said. “I’m not sure that’s quite been done yet.”
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Renter Beware: Philly’s Deadly Housing Problem
Robert Fairbanks of the School of Arts and Sciences explained how unmet demands for affordable housing contribute to the proliferation of unregulated, and often unsafe, rooming houses in Philadelphia.
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Can Fighting Blight Prevent Gun Violence?
John MacDonald of the School of Arts and Sciences was cited for his research on the impact that cleaning vacant lots can have on reducing violence in urban environments.
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