Education for personal, professional, and civic development.
The SNF Paideia Program contributes to the holistic education of Penn undergraduates through a combination of Paideia-designated courses, public events and workshops, public-interest initiatives, and a Fellows program, all focusing on wellness, service, and citizenship. The Program places a particular emphasis on informed civil discourse and deliberation, through which Penn students can productively engage across the social, cultural, and political differences that are a source of our collective strength, but that too often become barriers to productive and inclusive problem solving and community building.
Integrating academic study and democratic citizenship.
The SNF Paideia Program is a diverse community comprised of dedicated and talented students, faculty, staff, and administrators, working together to foster the exchange of ideas and to promote knowledge and action for the public good.
We love to collaborate.
The civic mission of higher education has been part of Penn’s DNA since its founding by Benjamin Franklin. Today there are numerous centers, programs, and organizations across the University dedicated to various aspects of this mission. The SNF Paideia Program builds on, collaborates with, networks, and leverages these existing entities to make the Penn undergraduate experience greater, and more meaningful, than the sum of its individual parts.
Grateful for the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is one of the world’s leading private, international philanthropic organizations, making grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. SNF funds organizations and projects worldwide that aim to achieve a broad, lasting, and positive impact for the greater society, and exhibit strong leadership and sound management.
A Note From SNF
We’re very proud that the SNF has been able to offer its support to this amazing Penn Paideia Program.
Four sophomores from the inaugural class of SNF Paideia Fellows shared their experience of the Program during a recent New Student Orientation preceptorial. Watch the video recap to learn how you can develop the skills and knowledge to help solve contemporary issues through dialogue aimed to build community wellness, service, and citizenship. Hear from current SNF Paideia Fellows to find out if our three-year fellowship program is for you. The opportunity to apply to be an SNF Paideia Fellow starts in early February and is open to first-year students at Penn.Read More