Recent News

Discussion on ‘Implicit Bias’ in Academia

March 27, 2017 A group of nearly 100 University of Pennsylvania faculty, students and staff gathered together for the “Implicit Bias Teach-In,” an event organized as a “safe space” to have a conversation about what can be an uncomfortable topic: biases.

Joann Mitchell named Senior Vice President for Institutional Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer

Joann MitchellJoann Mitchell has been named Senior Vice President for Institutional Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer, Penn President Amy Gutmann announced last Wednesday. The president noted that this appointment recognizes “not only Joann’s exemplary service to Penn and her distinguished leadership across a broad range of domains, but also our elevation and extension of Joann’s campus-wide leadership role in making Penn a preeminent leader in diversity and inclusion.”

Faculty Work Informs MBAs in Examining Unconscious Biases

Wharton professor of management, Sigal Barsade, presented a lecture on unconscious bias as part of the first day of Return on Equality (ROE) Week, February 13 to 16, 2017.

Women in Physics Club Formed

Penn undergraduates have formed a club to empower female physics majors through conferences, weekly presentations, monthly luncheons and annual lectures.

MSI Aspiring Leaders Forum and Mentorship Program Formed

The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) announced that it has been awarded over $745,000 in grants from ECMC Foundation and the Kresge Foundation to host a new program called "MSI Aspiring Leaders." The program will bring together prominent Minority Serving Institutions' (MSI) leaders to engage with mid-career aspiring leaders from the education, non-profit, and business sectors in an effort to prepare the next generation of MSI presidents.

Honored by The National Academy of Medicine

Anita Allen of Law and Arts & Sciences and Martha Curley of Nursing and Med were elected into the National Academy of Medicine, one of the field’s greatest honors.

An Interview with Shaun Harper

In a Washington Post op-ed, Shaun Harper, a Penn Graduate School of Education professor and executive director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, discusses the controversial video that surfaced of presidential candidate Donald Trump objectifying women.

Breastfeeding at work still difficult

Diane Spatz, a perinatal nursing and nutrition professor in the School of Nursing and lactation program director at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, conducted a study that shows some women find breastfeeding at work a challenge, even with a supportive system.

The Lasting Legacy of Female Philosophers

Karen Detlefsen of Arts & Sciences studies the lasting legacy of female philosophers who worked during a time when women were excluded from universities.

Stories from the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Lorene Cary of Arts & Sciences shared stories from the National Museum of African American History and Culture dedication in Washington.

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