Projects for Progress, two years in

Kristina García

Penn Today

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

First awarded in 2021, the Projects for Progress are managed by Penn’s Office of Social Equity & Community, which distributed $100,000 each to three teams of Penn students, faculty, and staff working to promote equity and inclusion in Philadelphia by addressing health care, education, and environmental justice. 

For Caroline Watts of the Graduate School of Education, the award’s timing was crucial. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, many students in the School District of Philadelphia were out of the classroom for more than a year. A joint team from the Graduate School of Education and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships worked to address this gap. The award also funded school-year support for educators at 15 schools in West and Southwest Philadelphia, including professional development, algebra readiness clubs, and mental health consultation.

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