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The SNF Paideia Program promotes opportunities for service, wellness, engaged citizenship, and dialogue. Engage with Penn students, faculty, and staff through Paideia-sponsored events and programming offered by our many campus partners.

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Professor Angela Duckworth teaching her class Grit Lab

Penn’s pre-professional culture is the enemy of passion

In a recent Penn in Washington event, Ariana Berengaut, a former State Department speechwriter, quoted a remarkable statistic: nearly half… Read More
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In the News

The Future of Conservatism

The aftermath of Donald Trump’s election loss, the insurrection by his supporters at the United States Capitol, and the subsequent… Read More
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Making Hope Actionable

Asked to give a favorite quote about nature, Elizabeth Main, sustainability coordinator for Penn Sustainability, refers to a Chinese Proverb. "The best time to plan a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now." Implicit in the quote is the urgency of our response to deforestation and climate change more generally. Equally implicit, however, is the hope that by the single, clear, definable action of “planting a tree,” we can be part of positive change.Read More
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In the News

A conversation with Stacey Abrams

After Stacey Abrams lost the 2018 Georgia governor’s race, she said she was “the saddest I’ve ever been and the most worthless I’ve… Read More
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Event Recap

In Search of Political Wellness: Thinking About Individual and Community Healing Across Political Difference

The past few months—from the protracted 2020 election, to the insurrection at the US Capitol building, to the change in tone and direction of the new Biden administration—have led to a range of emotional reactions. The SNF Paideia Program, in collaboration with Penn Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Wellness at Penn, Fox Leadership, and PORES created a wellness focused event to acknowledge the emotional toil and find ways to think about accountability and action as the country moves forward into 2021. Giving attention to individual and community wellness moment may need to foreground dialogue across political difference in this particularly intense political moment. The discussion relied on psychological insights from Dr. Batsirai Bvunzawabaya, director of outreach at CAPS, polling and leadership from Andrew Arenge and Sandy Vogel from the Fox Leadership and the PORES programs; and political science insights from Dr. Lia Howard at the SNF Paideia program.Read More
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In the News

Penn event explores structural causes of racism in policing

Experts in law, sociology, and political science discussed the structural roots of racism in law enforcement at a virtual event on Wednesday.Read More
Insurrectionists outside capital Jan 6, 2021
In the News

GOP politician, media figures bash Trump at Penn event on the future of conservatism

Republican politicians and media figures discussed their disillusionment with the GOP after four years of Trump at a virtual event on Feb. 24.Read More
Mar 25

Can We Talk? Student Forum

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

Opportunities for Action

Moelis Access Science

Moelis Access Science (MAS) Fellows seek to enrich science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for students in grades K-12 at the Netter Center’s University-Assisted Community Schools though hands-on, inquiry-based activities. Simultaneously, MAS works to improve undergraduate and graduate STEM education at Penn.
Contact: MASFellowcoordinator@gmail.com


GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is looking for Penn student tutors and mentors to work with 10th and 11th grade high school students! This would involve supporting students in the classroom and/or after school to help them get ready for college and career. Tutors are needed in the following subject areas: Algebra, Science, Literacy/Writing, and SAT Prep. There are also opportunities beyond traditional tutoring. If you have an idea for an after school activity or workshop that would be of interest to our high school students, please reach out to us!
Contact: Candace Eaton, eatonc@sas.upenn.edu

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Francophone Community Partnership

The Francophone Community Partnership (FCP) combines French language ability with supporting and engaging with francophone youth in West Philadelphia. FCP pairs Penn students with francophone youth in West Philadelphia, largely from West Africa. Mentors spend an hour after school with the students once a week. The activities are always different but the focus remains on creating an environment to valorize their languages and cultures.
Contact: Anna Nguyen, annavn88@sas.upenn.edu;
Caroline McGeoch, cmcgeoch@sas.upenn.edu

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