Campus & Community

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

43 years at Penn, and thriving

Valarie Ena Swain-Cade McCoullum reflects with Penn Today on her long career at the University, what still keeps her motivated each day, her new role as the inaugural Vice Provost for Student Engagement, and more.

Lauren Hertzler

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


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn student who aged out of foster care wins prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

May graduate Mackenzie Fierceton has been named a Rhodes Scholar, which will allow her to study at Oxford University in England.

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The New York Times

At Wharton, a new leader confronts the culture wars

Erika James of the Wharton School was interviewed about her path to academia and the state of diversity and inclusion in business education.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

These activities will make you feel closer to fam during a virtual Thanksgiving

Charles L. “Chaz” Howard, vice president for social equity and community, offered advice for connecting with family this Thanksgiving. “In a year that we have lost so much, we should try to express gratitude at the very least for being alive and together, no matter how far apart we are,” he said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

For Philly kids, lessons in grit from a MacArthur genius winner

Grit Lab, a class taught by Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences, will be open to Philadelphia high school students in the spring semester. “It covers things that are relevant to undergraduates, but wouldn’t it be better if they learned those skills earlier? I think high school students can benefit at least as much as their undergraduate peers,” said Duckworth.

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Associated Press

University of Pennsylvania vows $100 million to fix Philadelphia school building hazards

Penn has pledged $100 million over 10 years to the School District of Philadelphia. The gift aims “to significantly improve the learning environment for Philadelphia’s schoolchildren in a way that will have a long-lasting impact on the health, safety, and wellbeing of our entire city,” said President Amy Gutmann.

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