West Philadelphia

A virtual day of service

Penn’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change will be virtual this year, offering events for adults and children of all ages.

Kristina García

Al Filreis dwells in possibility

Celebrating poetry and literature at Penn since 1985, Al Filreis continues to create community at the home for writers he founded in a Locust Walk house a quarter-century ago.

Louisa Shepard

A pandemic year, in photos

‘Apart Together,’ a new photography exhibit at the Annenberg School, shows that despite not being physically in the same place the past 18 months, our shared experiences kept us connected.

Michele W. Berger , Julie Sloane



In the News


CBS Philadelphia

Penn Medicine hosts officials, community leaders to discuss rising gun violence in West Philadelphia

Penn Medicine hosted a discussion between community leaders to address the causes of and potential solutions to gun violence in West Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia Tribune

Programs aim to help teach youth about building wealth

Bridges to Wealth is a financial literacy organization founded by Keith Weigelt of the Wharton School and Jill Bazelon of the Graduate School of Education. Operated out of Penn’s Netter Center, the organization provides access to investment opportunities as well as housing, job training, early childhood education, and financial education to people experiencing homelessness.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

PennMed’s new Pavilion facility seeks to define the future of hospital care

After five years of construction, Penn Medicine will debut The Pavilion, a mammoth new care facility in University City that Penn officials said includes advanced and adaptable features and amenities to better tackle education and research as well as patient treatment. 

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Philadelphia Business Journal

Penn plans to ramp up diverse, local spending for $1B annual procurement with new program

Chief procurement officer Mark Mills spoke about Penn’s Fueling Business Growth program, which seeks to increase the University’s spending with diverse and minority-owned Philadelphia businesses. “It's just the right thing to do,” he said. “We want to have a supply base that best matches the neighborhood in the city that we are in, so it only makes sense to have that reflected in how we buy.”

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Boston Globe

The Boston Public Schools are in crisis. Harvard (or BC or MGH) can help

Penn Alexander was highlighted as an example of a successful partnership between higher education and local school districts.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Medicine and PHMC take over at Mercy hospital in West Philly

The University of Pennsylvania Health System is now running the emergency department at the former Mercy Hospital in West Philadelphia.

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