New book out by Netter Center/ Penn colleagues. 
Plus read on for some other updates and news.

Knowledge for Social Change: Bacon, Dewey, and the Revolutionary Transformation of Research Universities in the Twenty-First Century

By Lee Benson, Ira Harkavy, John Puckett, Matthew Hartley, Rita A. Hodges, Francis E. Johnston, and Joann Weeks
"Grounded in historical analyses about the theories and practices of civic participation in democratic societies, Knowledge for Social Change provides wonderful examples of and provocative perspectives on the critical role that higher education institutions—especially research universities—play in advancing social change in contemporary society. This book should be required reading for students in every college and university across the land."
—Albert M. Camarillo, Professor of History, Haas Centennial Professor of Public Service, and Leon Sloss Jr. Memorial Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

Employing history, social theory, and a detailed contemporary case study, Knowledge for Social Change argues for fundamentally reshaping research universities to function as democratic, civic, and community-engaged institutions dedicated to advancing learning and knowledge for social change. The authors focus on significant contributions to learning made by Francis Bacon, Benjamin Franklin, Seth Low, Jane Addams, William Rainey Harper, and John Dewey—as well as their own work at Penn's Netter Center for Community Partnerships to help create and sustain democratically engaged colleges and universities for the public good. 
Knowledge for Social Change highlights university-assisted community schools to effect a thoroughgoing change of research universities that will contribute to more democratic schools, communities, and societies. The authors also call on democratic-minded academics to create and sustain a global movement dedicated to advancing learning for the "relief of man's estate"—an iconic phrase by Francis Bacon that emphasized the continuous betterment of the human condition—and to realize Dewey's vision of an organic "Great Community" composed of participatory, democratic, collaborative, and interdependent societies.

Enter Code T20P at checkout on Temple University Press's website to receive a 20% discount on the book, or mention this code when calling in your order at 1-800-621-2736.
You can also check out the authors' blog post about the book in North Philly Notes, University-Community Partnerships for the Public Good: A Democratic Imperative.
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Marie K. Bogle Scholarship sponsored by Penn VIPS and Business Services

Bogle VIPS Business Services Scholarships 2017
After 26 years, the Penn VIPS and Business Services Division scholarship program has expanded and been renamed to honor Marie K. Bogle, a teacher who dedicated her life to improving education in West Philadelphia. 
Robert W. Bogle of the Philadelphia Tribune established the Marie K. Bogle Memorial Fund at the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships in 2016 dedicated to the memory of his late wife, Marie K. Bogle. Marie was the lead teacher in developing the university-assisted community school model with Dr. Ira Harkavy, his Penn colleagues, and members of the West Philadelphia community. The purpose of this Fund is to support the Netter Center's community partnership programming, by providing assistance to graduating high school students in West Philadelphia, who have a history of community involvement, in their pursuit of higher education.
The Awards Reception for the Marie K. Bogle Scholarship sponsored by Penn VIPS/Business Services was held on June 6, 2017, honoring six outstanding high school graduates from West Philadelphia. 
If you would like to contribute to the Marie K. Bogle Memorial Fund, please contact us at

Second Annual Faculty-Community Partnership Award 

Professor Richard (Rich) Pepino, lecturer in earth & environmental science (EES), School of Arts & Sciences and deputy director, Community Outreach & Engagement Core, Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET), Perelman School of Medicine, and his partners in the School District of Philadelphia are this year’s recipients of the Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award.

The inaugural Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award went to Herman Beavers, Professor of English and Africana Studies, and the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

More features of Netter Center student leaders

Penn Sophomore Anea Moore Finds Purpose and Community Amid Loss

Moore, who is from Southwest Philadelphia and is double-majoring in sociology and urban studies and minoring in Africana Studies in the School of Arts & Sciences, says, "I look back at my life sometimes and I know my parents are the main reason as to why I am where I am today. I'm not drawn to engagement because I want to be. It's because I have to be."
Her urgent sense of loss drew Moore to the work of Penn's Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships.
"I just wanted to be closer to my parents in some way," Moore says.  "My parents' deaths are a part of a larger system of inequities that places like the Netter Center are trying to restructure."

Snack Brigade - Healthy Deliciousness from Youth Entrepreneurs

The pastry, created by Philadelphia high school students with support from Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships, embodies a new model for tackling nutrition and building career skills in public schools. This year, Rebel Crumbles became the first known student-made product to be included on the Philadelphia School District menu. This spring, children at every public school in the city will consume over 250,000 crumbles through the district’s breakfast program.

WHYY Friday Arts also featured Rebel Ventures on June 2nd. 

Penn Undergrad from West Philly Helps Others Achieve College Access

Growing up at 52nd Street and Haverford Avenue in West Philadelphia, Glen Casey did not believe he belonged at the nearby University of Pennsylvania. However, a team of teachers and mentors helped him to reframe his thinking, and after successfully navigating many obstacles, he is a senior urban studies major in the School of Arts & Sciences.

Penn Athletics Feature Young Quakers Community Athletics

Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA) is an initiative between Penn's Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships, the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics. This initiative, directed through Netter’s University-Assisted Community Schools program (UACS), creates mutually beneficial partnerships between select Penn intercollegiate athletic teams and West Philadelphia public schools.
Click here to watch the video featuring the Penn Women's Lacrosse partnership at Comegys Elementary, and the Academically Based Community Service course that focused on its evaluation.
Click here to watch the video featuring Men's and Women's Track and Field partnership with Lea Elementary.
Plus, click here to read the feature on the 4th Annual Urban Youth Lacrosse Jamboree hosted June 3-4, 2017.
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Alumni Weekend 2017 Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us during Alumni Weekend. A special thanks to our outstanding panelists and moderator -- Scott Millstein C92, Risa Vetri Ferman C87, Johnathan Seeg W97, Dominique DeArmond C07, Joanna Chae C12, and Jared Fenton C17 -- as well as our dedicated 1979 Final Four team volunteers led by Tony Price W79.
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Netter Center 25th Anniversary International Conference

Our next newsletter will share many more details of the Netter Center's 25th Anniversary Conference, being held November 16-17, 2017 on Penn's campus.  For now, check out our plenary speakers below. Stay tuned for more!
Presidential Perspectives on Higher Education-Community Partnerships for Democracy and Social Change
  • Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector, University of Oslo, moderator
  • Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University–Newark
  • Susan Herbst, President, University of Connecticut 
  • Robert J. Jones, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
  • Mark Rosenberg, President, Florida International University
Presidential Perspectives on Universities, Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement
  • James Harris, President, University of San Diego, moderator
  • John DeGioia, President, Georgetown University
  • Phoebe A. Haddon, Chancellor, Rutgers University–Camden
  • Eduardo J. Padrón, President, Miami Dade College
  • Jay A. Perman, MD, President, University of Maryland - Baltimore
Where Do We Go From Here? Global Perspectives from Leaders of Higher Educational Organizations 
  • Richard Guarasci, President, Wagner College, and Chair, Campus Compact, moderator
  • Ahmed C. Bawa, Chief Executive Officer, Universities South Africa
  • Sjur Bergan, Head, Education Department, Council of Europe (invited)
  • Brian Murphy, President, De Anza College, and Co-Founder, The Democracy Commitment
  • Lynn Pasquerella, President, Association of American Colleges and Universities
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