Educating the whole person

How Do I Pronounce Paideia?

Integrating Wellness, Service, and Citizenship Through Dialogue

παιδεία (Paideia) is an ancient Greek word meant to capture the moral, intellectual, and physical education of an ideal member of the Athenian city-state—that is, “educating the whole person.” It is also translated as “educating citizens,” since they saw private and public lives as inseparable. This vision of education and citizenship was limited to a minority of the population, however. Through the intellectual and financial support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), the SNF Paideia Program reimagines a more inclusive and equitable version of this ancient Greek approach to education, serving as a hub for civic dialogue in undergraduate education at Penn. In collaboration with other Penn programs and organizations, SNF Paideia provides curricular and co-curricular opportunities for all students to develop the knowledge, skills, and ethical frameworks necessary to be informed, engaged, and effective community members, and to lead fulfilling and integrated personal, professional, and civic lives.

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Courses

Courses for the holistic student.

SNF Paideia designated courses, designed and taught by faculty from all of Penn’s twelve Schools, integrate students’ personal, professional, and civic development. Open to all Penn undergraduates, these courses focus on dialogue, wellness, service, and citizenship from different disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

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Fellowships

SNF Paideia Fellows.

While individual Paideia courses are designed to be taken by any of Penn’s 10,000 undergraduates, the program also provides a more structured and immersive experience for a select number of SNF Paideia Fellows.

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Initiatives

Connecting theory and practice.

In addition to courses, fellowships, and events, SNF Paideia serves as the home for several co-sponsored initiatives that connect classroom learning with real-world dialogue and public problem-solving.

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The Latest from SNF Paideia

Anna Balfanz, Ayana Shirai, Mya Gordon and Yasmin Abdul Razak along the banks of Cobbs Creek
In the News

Exploring along the edges of Philadelphia reveals the essence of the city

The SNF Paideia Program teamed up with Penn alumnus and artist JJ Tiziou for ‘Walk Around Philadelphia,’ a fall retreat for student fellows.

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From the Blog

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Op-Ed

In Fox We Trust?

Do Donald Trump’s supporters trust Fox News? Did they ever? Many of the former president’s most fervent fans famously (but, in some cases, only temporarily) abandoned the cable channel after it dared to be one of the first media organizations to call Arizona for Joe Biden in the 2020 election. That mass desertion might have seemed like a sudden loss of faith in the TV network. But you can’t lose (and then regain) a faith you never had. And it’s not clear that these Trump supporters ever actually trusted Fox. They just liked it.Read More
Podcast

Communities of Practice at Penn: Wellness

The PARK Podcast's new series explores communities of practice, where we ask our partner organizations to help us better understand both how they see the Penn community, and to describe the types of practices they use to engage others in their work on campus. The first conversation is with Wellness at Penn.Read More
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Blog

Student Leadership Around Wellness in the Penn Community

As we look to return to campus in the next few weeks images of Penn keep running through my mind. I keep thinking about places and people that I miss and that I am looking forward to seeing again. Returning to Penn also has me considering what it means to be part of the Penn community; what does it mean to be a Penn citizen or a citizen of Penn? It seems like a good question for a white board surrounded by answers as varied as the Penn student body, the Penn staff, and the Penn faculty. One very simple answer might be the desire to serve the Penn community, to contribute to make the lives of others—students, faculty, and staff—better.Read More

Upcoming Events

Oct 19

Can We Talk? Civil Dialogue for Troubled Times

Can We Talk? Civil Dialogue for Troubled Times Come together with college students from around America. Get dialogue tips you can use on… Read More
Nov 30

Can We Talk? Civil Dialogue for Troubled Times

Can We Talk? Civil Dialogue for Troubled Times Come together with college students from around America. Get dialogue tips you can use on… Read More

In the News

Two people stand among heavily graffitied underpass pillars in Philadelphia's Graffiti Pier
In the News

Exploring along the edges of Philadelphia reveals the essence of the city

The SNF Paideia Program teamed up with Penn alumnus and artist JJ Tiziou for ‘Walk Around Philadelphia,’ a fall retreat for student fellows.Learn More
Headshot of Former Congressman Carlos Curbelo with United States Flag in the background
In the News

Former Republican Congressman Says GOP Must Distance Itself From Trump At Virtual Event

Former Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) said the GOP must break from former President Donald Trump in order to move forward at a virtual Penn event on Tuesday.Learn More
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In the News

Remote Students of all Races, Incomes Suffered During Pandemic

Researchers found that the ‘thriving gap’ hit students universally who learned remotely during the pandemic.Learn More

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