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

Wellness at Penn is dedicated to caring for students during their academic journey while creating a campus-wide community of care. Our team is committed to offering a wide range of opportunities to access support, clinical resources, and practical tools to meaningfully engage with one’s health and wellbeing. Wellness at Penn is built upon two pillars that operate collaboratively to create a campus community centered on wellness: Student Health and Counseling, offering clinical services to all Penn students, and Public Health and Wellbeing which seeks to create a community of care through advocacy, education, and action.

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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

Martyrs and Migrants: Coptic Christians and the Transnational Politics of Persecution

Candace Lukasik, Assistant Professor of Religion at Mississippi State University will speak on, "Martyrdom and the Coptic… Read More
One of three furniture pieces by Ken Lum, a featured artist in the “Moveables” exhibit at the ICA.
In the News

Duo of exhibitions showcase ‘Moveables’ and portraiture

This fall, the Institute of Contemporary Art introduces two brand-new exhibits, on view through Dec. 17: “When the Children Come Home,” by painter and performance artist David Antonio Cruz; and “Moveables,” featuring five artists who rethink functional design and its relationship to the body.“A lot of these artists are using metaphors of chairs, maybe the apparatus of a stage set, to think about how they affect lived experience,” says Alex Klein, who co-curated the “Moveables” exhibit alongside Cole Akers. “And I think with all of these artists, there’s also a sociopolitical backdrop.”Read More
A Conversation with Michael Smerconish
Oct 2

Polarization and the Media in American Politics: A Conversation with Michael Smerconish

Polarization and the Media in American Politics: A Conversation with Michael Smerconish Michael Smerconish is one of the nation’s most visible media personalities, with a daily radio show on Sirius/XM and a Saturday CNN show. He also provides analysis on CNN for big events, writes columns and books, and more. Maybe most uniquely: Michael is one of the few voices in the media who can’t be pigeonholed ideologically. He’ll be fielding questions on what it’s like to be somewhere in the center in our increasingly ideological media, how the media shapes our politics, what we can do to build a media that better serves the public, and whether prominent figures should be blacklisted from the media if they can’t tell the truth. We’ll also cover the state of politics and whether our two party system is capable of representing Americans like him in 2023. Michael will also field questions from the audience.Read More
In the News

From the Ancients to Now, Philosophy Professor Sukaina Hirji Asks the Big Questions

She argues that Aristotle thinks the ability to be a good person depends on factors outside oneself, such as access to resources, which… Read More
Senator Burr at SNF Paideia RBX Event
In the News

Former Senator Richard Burr discusses artificial intelligence, health policy at Penn event

“I think that the academic setting really does generate conversation from both sides, and I don’t mean that from a political sense, but… Read More
Anusha Mathur riding by horse along the ocean

In a Small Town, Everybody Talks… and Loves to Eat

The restaurant’s walls are adorned with glowing hanging lamps and the floors are covered with thick woven mats and colorful… Read More
group of people standing on deck with Acropolis in background
In the News

Dialogue in the Seat of Democracy

At the end of June, I experienced one of those moments that serves as a reminder of just what a great university like Penn is all about. At the start of a busy and event-filled weekend, I had the opportunity to sit in a circle with a half-dozen or so newly minted Penn graduates for a relaxed but freewheeling discussion about the big issues, ideas, and opportunities that lie ahead as, collectively, we look to the future. The setting could not have been more appropriate or conducive to our conversation. We were in Athens, in the National Library of Greece, located within the stunning Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center overlooking the Aegean Sea. Our chairs were drawn in a loose circle—a handful of Penn faculty and staff along with the students who had the distinction of forming the inaugural cohort of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Paideia Fellows and who had graduated only a month earlier in May.Read More
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Being an N=1 and Blazing Your Own Trail in the Research Enterprise

Practicing Mindfulness and Gratitude at the Lab Bench This summer, I was encouraged by SNF Paideia’s Wellness and Student Advising… Read More

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Do you have an opportunity related to dialogue, wellness, citizenship, or service you would like us to share? Email SNF Paideia at info@snfpaideia.upenn.edu and we will promote your event, internship, course, or other offering to Penn students, faculty, and staff.


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