AboutOur Partners

Our Partners

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.

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Netter Center

Through the Netter Center, the University currently engages in three types of activities: academically based community service, direct traditional service, and community development.

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Fox Leadership

Through University-wide programming, Fox Leadership encourages students to consider the lessons in leadership and life articulated and modeled by Robert A. Fox, the leader after whom it is named: finding your passions; putting people first; and succeeding the right way.

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Civic House

Penn’s hub for civic engagement, the Civic House is centered around community organizations and social justice education, promoting mutually beneficial collaborations between Penn and Philadelphia community nonprofit organizations.

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The Andrea Mitchell Center

Global in its outlook, multifaceted in its purposes, the Andrea Mitchell Center seeks to contribute to the ongoing quest for democratic values, ideas, and institutions throughout the world.

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Wellness at Penn

The Wellness at Penn initiative affirms wellness as a core priority and necessary driver of life on campus. It offers opportunities to reflect and engage on issues of wellness, stress, mental health, resilience, happiness, personal and academic goals, and the meaning of success. And it defines wellness as an ongoing holistic process with multiple dimensions.

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Penn in Washington

With programming on campus as well as in Washington, D.C., Penn in Washington (PIW) supports students exploring public service careers. Attend speaker events with leaders in politics, government, and public policy or learn about internship opportunities using the PIW internship database.

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What Our Partners Are Saying

We at Civic House are delighted to partner with SNF Paideia during this Year of Civic Engagement to create an incubator in which Penn undergraduates can fashion an approach to civic engagement that understands service as a path to community and individual wellness.

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Dr. Herman Beavers
Professor of English and Africana Studies, Graduate Chair, Department of Africana Studies, Faculty Director Civic House

The Latest From Our Partners

What can browser history inadvertently reveal about a person’s health?

The Penn-CMU Digital Health Privacy Initiative is trying to answer that question by mapping third-party tracking across the online health ecosystem. Their work shows possible implications for ad targeting, credit scores, insurance coverage, and more.Read More
In the News

Course Shows Students How Washington Really Works

Penn and George Mason University students traveled to Washington, D.C. every Friday this spring for a class that gives the inside scoop on policymaking inside the Beltway.Read More
Event Recap

Skillshare: Scholarly Writing & Civic Tech

Kaitlyn is the author of “The Public Sector Pivot: How Gen Z Will Lead a Renaissance in Public Service”, which discusses the role of young people in the public sector post-pandemic, and how to improve the public sector talent pipeline for college students.  To write her book, Kaitlyn interviewed dozens of passionate people who work in government to tell stories about motivations to enter the public sector and potential areas of growth, such as civic tech.Read More
Event Recap

Biology & Public Interest: A Fireside Chat

The PIT@Penn student group recently held a fireside chat with Dr. Kayla Davis and Dr. George Demiris, who are both work in the intersection between public interest tech and biology.  Dr. Davis has been heavily involved in STEM outreach and science policy, while much of Dr. Demiris’ work focuses on research to use tech solutions to address aging related issues.Read More
John Bolton sitting next to Lexi Boccuzzi on a stage.
In the News

Penn Political Union in Conversation with John Bolton

The former U.S. national security adviser was on campus as part of a series of speaker events that promote the free expression of differing views and provide a forum for civil dialogue across the political divide.Read More
Press Release

Public Interest Technology University Network Challenge – Request for Proposals

For its fourth year, projects addressing any of the priority areas below related to public interest technology in university settings are… Read More
Press Release

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Paideia Program Announces Class of 2025 Paideia Fellows

Drawing from all four undergraduate schools, the SNF Paideia Fellowship Program is a unique, three-year program that integrates students’… Read More
Podcast

Communities of Practice at Penn: Restorative Practice

Our final episode in the series on communities of practice features a conversation between Dr. Lia Howard and Pablo Cerdera, associate director of Restorative Practices at the University of Pennsylvania. Pablo shares about how he and his colleagues at Restorative Practices work to provide a safe, confidential, supportive space for all parties involved in incidents of harm. He talks about circle practice as a way of strengthening connections in a community to prevent harm as well as to endure conflict when it inevitably happens.Read More

“Racism and Anti-Racism in Contemporary America” panel discussions

“Racism and Anti-Racism in Contemporary America” is a preceptorial designed to provide a broad overview of the causes and consequences of racism in the United States, as well as ways in which this deep-seated “stain” on American society has been and might better be addressed. While racism and other forms of discrimination affect people of various identities, and exist in different forms across the globe, the focus of this preceptorial is specifically on racism towards African Americans in the United States. We hope to develop future preceptorials addressing other forms and locations of discrimination and structural inequality in the future.

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