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University of Pennsylvania

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1 College Ln Hall Room 1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Phone
(215) 898-5000
School Information
"To this day, Penn’s 299-acre West Philadelphia campus reflects its rich heritage—a heritage closely bound with the birth of the United States—boasting more than 180 buildings and many notable landmarks, including the nation’s first student union and first double-decker college football stadium. The 190 research centers and institutes on campus also reflect the University’s innovative, civic-minded, and pragmatic creator: More than 250 years after Ben Franklin broke new ground in founding Penn, its faculty, students, and alumni continue to make breakthroughs in research, scholarship, and education. Its many subsequent “firsts” include the world’s first collegiate business school (Wharton, 1881); the world’s first electronic, large-scale, general-purpose digital computer (ENIAC, 1946); and the first woman president of an Ivy League institution (Judith Rodin, inaugurated in 1994); as well as the first woman Ivy League president to succeed another woman (Amy Gutmann, inaugurated in 2004)." The university enrolls over 26,600 students, employs over 4,800 faculty, and offers 99 undergraduate majors. (Source: https://www.upenn.edu/about/history) (Source: https://www.upenn.edu/about/facts)
General Information
The University of Pennsylvania has taken steps to fund social justice research. The university extended its “Campaign for Community” research funding for projects related to “racial justice.” Additionally, although the university will not officially create an ethnic studies or anti-racism requirement, students are encouraged to take ethnic studies classes, if not required to do so by their colleges. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Program and Research Funding
  • Extended “Campaign for Community” Research Funding for projects related to “racial justice.”
  • University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School established a $250,000 Morgan Lewis Impact Fund to promote racial justice and anti-racism.
Resources
  • University will not officially create an ethnic studies or anti-racism requirement, but students are encouraged to take those classes, if not required to do so by their colleges.
  • The University created the Office of Social Equity and Community to advance social equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Symbolic Actions
  • On April 19, 2021, the University released a statement “to affirm unequivocally and in the strongest possible terms Penn’s unwavering commitment to advancing racial equity and social justice in our nation.”
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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