ODEI Spotlight:

Projects for Progress, Two Years In

In 2021, three Projects for Progress (P4P) teams set out to improve the quality of life in West Philadelphia: one by addressing the primary care needs of homeless and underserved people, one by revamping the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center, and one by addressing the COVID-induced learning gap in elementary school students and educators. An Oct. 17 event celebrated the work of these teams and their 2022 counterparts. Six P4P groups have received awards since the initiative’s inception. Read More

LGBT Center by the Numbers

This year, Penn’s LGBT Center celebrates its 40th anniversary. The Center is the second oldest of its kind in the country, with its founding director, the late Robert Schoenberg, originally working out of the Student Activities office in Houston Hall. The Center’s current home in the historic Robert Schoenberg Carriage House tucked away off Spruce Street was made possible through a gift from David Goodhand and Vincent Griski, both class of 1985.  Read More

Bolstering Environmental Education in Cobbs Creek

For the last year, with support from a Projects for Progress (P4P) award, a team from Penn has collaborated with Center staff and the Cobbs Creek community to enhance resources to support similar learning opportunities at the CCCEC. Their goal is to promote equitable access to STEM education for residents of the Cobbs Creek neighborhood. “Now more than ever, our society understands the value of green spaces and of STEM education, and the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center provides both for West Philadelphia families and students,” says President Liz Magill.  Read More

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Dedicates New Suite to Foundational Figures

On December 3rd, 2021, ODEI cut the ribbon on its new suite in the Towne Building, featuring a conference room and study space dedicated to two of its foundational figures: Ms. Cora Ingrum, ODEI’s former Director, and Ms. Donna Hampton, the office’s longtime administrative assistant. Read More

Putting Community First, in a New Social Justice Initiative

The Community Collaboratory for Co-Creation, led by Penn Nursing and Penn Engineering, will focus on research, education, and community engagement and outreach. The first three years of the new initiative, which officially began in October, will focus on research, education, and community engagement and outreach. Read More

Project Maji: 2021 Penn Engagement Prize Winner Will Provide Innovative Water Solution to Aid Refugees in Uganda

Team Maji consists of Leah Voytovitch, a daughter of former Soviet Union refugees, and Martin Leet, a refugee who lived in a camp in Kenya before arriving at Penn. Both students have graduated from Penn and are now in the program implementation phase of the project at the Olua I refugee camp in Uganda. Residents of this refugee camp, like many others, lack access to clean drinking water and Project Maji aims to provide this necessity. Read  More

Breaking Ground at Penn’s Cutting-edge Data Science Hub

On Friday, October 8, invited guests and members of the Penn community celebrated the groundbreaking of Penn Engineering’s new data science building and the unveiling of its official name, Amy Gutmann Hall. The event was presided over by President Gutmann, naming donor Harlan Stone, Nemirovsky Family Dean Vijay Kumar, and Penn Engineering Board Chair Rob Stavis. The 116,000-square-foot, six-floor building, located on the northeast corner of 34th and Chestnut Streets near Lauder College House, will centralize resources for researchers and scholars across Penn’s 12 schools and numerous academic centers while making the tools of data analysis more accessible to the entire Penn community. Read More

ODEI and RAS Welcome New URM Graduate Students to Penn Engineering

Penn Engineering’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Research and Academic Services (RAS) Graduate Office welcomed new Under-Represented Minority (URM) graduate students with special events to kick off the Fall 2021 semester. View Story


Demystifying Grad School to Enhance Diversity in STEM

10.24.2022 | Read More

Projects for Progress Recipients Honored for Work at Cobbs Creek

10.20.2022 | Read More

Bolstering STEM Education in Cobbs Creek

09.27.2022 | Read More

Events of Interest

ODEI Events + Programming Spotlight:

High Impact Engineering Careers

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is co-hosting a speaker event and discussion with Penn Effective Altruism about pursuing impactful engineering careers! High Impact Engineers will be giving a short presentation about some ideas, frameworks, and projects to consider, and then answering your questions.

After the Q&A, there will be small group discussions over snacks!

December 1st, 5:15 p.m. EST | Lauder Media Room

Society of Women Engineers Lego Building Event

Want a study break? Love building things with Legos? Join the Penn Society of Women Engineers (SWE) for a fun Lego building study break with snacks!

Bring your friends!

December 2nd, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST | Skirkanich Ground Floor

Engineering Deans' Advisory Board Student Feedback Form

The Engineering Deans' Advisory Board (EDAB) wants to hear about your experience in Penn Engineering and any improvements you would like to see. An EDAB member will be checking the feedback drop-box bi-weekly and may reach out to you to discuss your feedback further. The organization is asking for demographic information (not required) for data collection purposes, but your identity will be kept confidential.

A Statement on Behalf of Wellness at Penn and Penn's Center for Public Health Initiatives Regarding Roe v. Wade

Providing inclusive public health services for all in our community means providing access to safe and legal reproductive care, including abortions. The World Health Organization recognizes abortion care as an essential healthcare service. Continuing to reinforce comprehensive abortion care is life-saving, affirming, and critical to the nation's public health. In light of this [Supreme Court] decision, the Penn public health community will continue to educate and promote access to comprehensive and safe reproductive care.

Penn Engineering Reflection Room

Penn Engineering students are encouraged to take advantage of the recently established Reflection Room for prayer and meditation located in Hayden Hall.

Hayden Hall | Room 120C | The door to the Reflection Room is usually unlocked

Available 7am-5pm, Monday through Friday!

Tour the New Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion!

Join Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. CJ Taylor as he shows off our new office space on the second floor of the historic Towne Building. Featuring a look inside the Donna Hampton Study Space and Cora Ingrum Conference Room, we are excited to share this space with you!

ODEI Strategic Plan

Penn Engineering is passionately committed to attracting, nurturing, and graduating engineers whose diversity reflects our society in all respects, including race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, creed, and socioeconomic background. Moreover, we seek to ensure all of our community members share an understanding of the importance of fighting bias and maximizing inclusion for the sake of the engineering profession and for the benefit of society at large. Through this, we aim for our graduates to pursue and develop ideas and innovations that will benefit all of humanity.

Penn Engineering's Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Penn Compact 2022 affirms Inclusion as a means toward the essential ends of higher education: equalizing opportunity, educating leaders for all sectors of society, and enriching the experience of all members of the University community. Penn Engineering remains strongly committed to initiatives that support the University’s efforts to achieve an educational and employment environment that is diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, interests, abilities and perspectives. We strive to attract a diverse community of students and faculty, to provide an accessible, rigorous engineering education, and to improve our local and global communities through engineering.

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