2022 Projects for Progress awardees continue working with community

Penn Today Staff

Penn Today

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The second cohort of Projects for Progress has been awarded, continuing the mission of faculty, staff, and students coming together around outreach projects directly in the neighborhood and larger Philadelphia community. Established by former Penn president Amy Gutmann in 2020, Projects for Progress are overseen by Penn’s Office of Social Equity & Community. The teams proposed initiatives that would make an impact in Philadelphia, focusing on one of three goals: eradicating or reducing systemic racism; achieving educational equity; and reducing health disparities based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and/or social determinants of health.

"Public Schools as Equity Infrastructure Studio+," a collaborative initiative between Netter, Weitzman School of Design, and the Graduate School of Education, was selected as one of three projects to be awarded this year's Projects for Progress grant. The Public Schools as Equity Infrastructure Studio+ is an opportunity for West Philadelphia teens in public school, teachers, Penn graduate students, and faculty to partner with education activists and community-based organizations on the design and implementation of public school campus upgrades that embody a new system-wide vision for schools as equity infrastructure.

Congratulations, Anna Balfanz (ABCS Coordinator) and team!

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