Check out the latest news from the Netter Center.  Plus, join us for Penn's Virtual Alumni Weekend, May 14-15th for conversations with Dr. Harkavy and Netter alumni!
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Penn Alumni Virtual Weekend Events

Join us for Virtual Alumni Weekend 2021, May 14-15th!

Please register HERE to receive the Zoom link. Full schedule of events found HERE. 

Then & Now: Snapshots of Change and Challenges - A Conversation between 1970 and 2020

Friday, May 14, 2021, 7:30-8:30 pm EST on Zoom
This event is planned as the first interactive session in a continuing dialogue to jointly engage and learn about each class’s campus experience, 50 years apart. Transformative issues will include the evolution of coed equality and minority diversity, 1970’s backdrop of Sit-ins, Commencement Walk-out and Vietnam, Penn’s growth impact on West Philadelphia, changing societal norms, and 2020’s unique Pandemic circumstances.

Panelists: Ira Harkavy C’70 GR’79, Toni Schmiegelow CW’70, Andy Wolk C’70, Judy Nemez Vredenburgh CW70, Karim Elsewedy ENG’20, W’20, Sophia Carlson, C’20, Ketaki Gujar, C’20, Jacky Chan C’20 with Lolita Jackson ENG’89 moderating. Sponsored by 1970 - open to everyone!  Breakout rooms to follow.

Year of Civic Engagement: Perspectives from Netter Center Alumni

Saturday, May 15, 2021, 2-3 pm EST on Zoom 
Co-sponsored by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, the James Brister Society, and the Penn Classes of 1970, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1996, 2001, and 2015

As Penn's 2020-2021 Year of Civic Engagement comes to a close, hear from Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli (W'85), Netter Center founding director Ira Harkavy (C'70, GR'79, PAR'01, PAR'06) and Netter Center alumni over the decades discuss the past, present, and future of civic and community engagement at Penn and the lasting personal impact. For those interested in sticking around for informal conversation following the program, please also join us in a breakout room from 3:00-3:30.
Jeffrey Camarillo (C'01) Lodestar Middle School Principal and Founding High School Principal
Kevin Johnson (C'96) Senior Cloud Architect, Altamira Technologies; Netter Center National Advisory Board member, James Brister Society member, and SAS Board of Advisors
Joyce Kim (C'15 GR'26) Research Associate Harvard Business School and Gates Scholarship Recipient
Bruce McCullough (C'80 L'83) Partner at Bodell Bove, LLC
Moderated by Rita A. Hodges (C'05 GED'15) Associate Director, Netter Center
Netter Center News 

Higher Education Must Help Build a More Sustainable, Democratic Future 

University World News
Netter Center director Ira Harkavy and European colleagues Sjur Bergan, Tony Gallagher, Ronaldo Munck, and Hilligje van't Land wrote this op-ed building on themes from their co-edited volume, Higher education’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Building a sustainable and democratic future. The manuscript, which contains 31 chapters by more than 40 authors from all over the world, is above all a book of hope, confidence and determination: hope that we will come out of the pandemic with a different sense of direction for our societies, and confidence and determination that higher education will play a powerful part in helping to create a sustainable, inclusive, truly democratic post-COVID world.

Exploring the Future of Higher Education

Penn Today
Higher education’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is the seventh book edited by leaders from the Global Cooperation for the Democratic Mission of Higher Education. In addition to serving as co-editor, Harkavy contributed three chapters, including “Past, present, future: Re-thinking the social responsibility of U.S. higher education in light of Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter,” co-written with Rita A. Hodges, Netter Center associate director.

Penn Today talked with Harkavy to discuss social responsibility at Penn, the democratic purpose of higher education, and the role of universities in a post-pandemic world.

Penn Designated “Voter Friendly Campus” Designation for Second Time

Penn is one of over 200 campuses in 37 states and D.C. designated as a “Voter Friendly Campus,” by national nonpartisan organizations Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. This designation celebrates Penn’s commitment to actively supporting and encouraging voter engagement. Updated data from the 2018 midterm elections also moved Penn from Gold- to Platinum-Level recognition from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge -- one of only 62 campuses nationwide, and the only Ivy League, to receive the award.

Penn Political Review Interviews Dr. Ira Harkavy

Penn Political Review
In response to the COVID pandemic, police brutality, and calls for the University to pay PILOTs, the Penn Political Review has begun a set of interviews around the theme of Penn's relationship with West Philadelphia. Undergraduate Daniel Gurevitch sat down with Professor Ira Harkavy to discuss these ideas, examining Penn's role in mitigating structural inequalities and systemic racism.

Celebrating National Principal of the Year Richard M. Gordon, IV

The Philadelphia Sunday

Richard Gordon IV, Principal of Paul Robeson High School -- a university-assisted community school -- and Netter Center Community Advisory Board Member, was selected as the 2021 National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) National Principal of the Year.

Netter Center Student Advisory Board on Building a True Year of Civic Engagement

The Daily Pennsylvanian
The Netter Center Student Advisory Board discusses how students can truly take part in the year of Civic Engagement, highlighting Academically Based Community Services (ABCS) courses. The board implores Penn students to take part in ABCS courses to genuinely engage with the West Philadelphian community.

Young Quakers Community Athletics See Growth on and off the Field This Year

Penn Track & Field Embarked On Eighth Year With Young Quakers Program... Virtually
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition recognized 42 National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) Champions from across the country for their work promoting youth sports participation. One of those champions was the University of Pennsylvania's Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA) program.
Joshua Davidson (Weitzman School of Design; Faculty Advisor: Megan Ryerson) 
Joshua's research investigates how commutes may change, and thereby improve the socio-economic quality of life by isolating and expanding on three factors that generate “shocks” in the commuting environment: 1) the effect of adding new transit services to the existing network, 2) the effect of exogenous residential change, more commonly referred to as a forced move, or displacement, and 3) the effect of public health crises. In tandem with this research, Joshua will further develop the ABCS course he offered last fall titled "Transport Justice" to be offered again in Fall 2021 in the Department of City and Regional Planning.

Breanna Moore (School of Arts and Sciences; Faculty Advisor: Kathleen Brown)
Breanna plans to create an ABCS Reparations Law Clinic/Research Seminar in which students partner with reparatory justice activists and community organizers to advocate for the implementation of reparations for descendants of enslaved Africans in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania
Claire Wan (Graduate School of Education; Faculty Advisor: Gerald Campano) 
Claire plans to lead a teaching and research based project on language, literacy, and power in schools, and particularly its relationship to Asian American identities and experiences. She intends to incorporate youth and family voices to explore community-based advocacy and activism and, in the process, co-construct scholarly understandings of these intersecting research interests.

The 34th annual Women of Color Award ceremony honors Sciaska Ulysse, C’21, with its Undergraduate Student Award

Sciaska Ulysse, a neuroscience major originally from Roselle, New Jersey, was the year’s undergraduate honoree in recognition of her extensive work with the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, where she has worked to connect with high school students on a shared love of science.

Hakiem Ellison, C'22, Wins Dr. King Award for Service

Hakiem Ellison, a junior studying political science, was the undergraduate receipient of Penn's 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Involvement Recognition Award for his community service in West Philadelphia, where he grew up. Through ABCS courses and internships with the Netter Center, Hakiem has mentored K-8 students in drama, band, and orchestra and led critical writing workshops for high school students. He has also served in various mentorship programs supporting first-generation and/or low-income students.

Penn group wins 1st place in EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

A team from the University of Pennsylvania won first place in the demonstration project category of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ninth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge. Their project, “Growing Together,” proposes a redesign of the Andrew Hamilton School campus in West Philadelphia to incorporate a variety of green infrastructure practices, including raised garden beds and a food forest. Extensive stakeholder engagement within the community led to a realistic design that would manage stormwater runoff on-site, connect students to their watershed, and help address food insecurity. The Hamilton School, a university-assisted community school, supported the team’s vision.
The project is led by Corey Wills, who is a watershed resource analyst at the Water Center at Penn and enrolled in the Master of Environmental Studies and Master of City Planning programs with support from the Netter Center, the School District of Philadelphia's Office of Capital Programs, the Philadelphia Orchard Project, and the Philadelphia Water Department. 
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