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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
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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

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

Opportunities for Action

Summer Office Assistant

The Wharton Undergrad Division is seeking student-workers / work-study students to support office operations. Students must have availability between 9am-5pm, Monday – Friday, and can work up to 40 hours a week. The dates for the job and the summer work-study program are May 16 through August 21, 2022. Position pays $13/hour. Any Penn student may apply.

To Apply:

Email your resume to TaylorPC@wharton.upenn.edu with the subject line “Summer Student Worker Position.”
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Peer Restorative Practitioner

Peer Restorative Practitioners will support the mission of Restorative Practices at Penn (RP@P) by being trained in Restorative Practices, facilitating Restorative Circles and Conferences, and leading peer-education workshops on Restorative Values and Principles through RP@P.

Students can find it on the student job board by searching for Peer Restorative Practitioner (P-Rep) or the Job Requisition ID JR00049702.

$15 per hour / 5 hours per week (average)

To apply, email Pablo Cerdera, Associate Director of Restorative Practices @ Penn: pcerdera@upenn.edu and Hanan Ahmed, Restorative Practices Specialist: hananahm@upenn.edu. Please include your resume, a cover letter, and a copy of your class schedule if possible.


Make a Difference: Career Opportunities for Graduating Seniors

Hiring now for positions starting in August, 2022

Students have been, and continue to be at the forefront of movements to build a better future for our country. But students only make real progress when they’re organized, have the skills to be effective, and have a strategic plan to get things done. That’s where we come in: For almost 50 years, the Student PIRGs have been working to amplify the power of student activism. We help students make real change, right now.

As a full-time organizer with the Student PIRGs’, your responsibilities will include:
· Inspiring and recruiting hundreds of students to take action on important issues.
· Training students to be effective social change leaders so they can run strategic campaigns, using skills like organizing news conferences, building strong coalitions, generating grassroots support, and coordinating lobby days.
· Building a strong, sustainable, student-funded, and student-run organization on campus by fundraising, building relationships with key players on campus, and building our brand.
· Building relationships with other student groups, faculty and administrators.
· Working alongside students to win real reforms for the public.
· Running a citizen outreach office during the summer, where you’ll recruit and lead a team of canvassers to fundraise for important issues.

We’re hiring campus organizers to help recruit and train the next generation of activists to tackle climate change, single use plastics, hunger and homelessness and more. We’re also hiring organizers to work on the election with our New Voters Project to help turn out the youth vote.

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