The Fierce Urgency of Now: What Can Colleges and Universities Do about Education in Philadelphia?

January 24, 2018

Houston Hall – Hall of Flags
3417 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Penn's MLK Commemorative Symposium on Social Change Hallmark program

What can colleges and universities do to focus on K-12 schools as core institutions for community engagement and democratic development?

As part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change, leaders from colleges and universities across Philadelphia will engage in an open dialogue on what is currently being done, and what more can be done to strengthen mutually beneficial partnerships that improve the quality of life and learning in local schools.

This event is sponsored by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Penn’s African-American Resource Center, and PHENND (Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development).

Registration is strongly encouraged as seating may be limited.


Dinner and Networking

Opening Remarks:

  • Ira Harkavy, PhD, Associate Vice President and Founding Director of The Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Amy Gutmann, PhD, President, University of Pennsylvania
  • Donald Generals, EdD, President, Community College of Philadelphia

Panelist Discussion - Moderated by Dr. Donald Generals, President, Community College of Philadelphia

  • Gregory M. Anderson, PhD, Dean and Professor of Higher Education, College of Education, Temple University
  • Joanne Ferroni, Director, University and Community Partnerships, Drexel University
  • Pam Grossman, PhD, Dean, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
  • Laura Roy, PhD, Chair and Associate Professor of Educaton, La Salle University
  • Aimee LaPointe Terosky, PhD, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Saint Joseph's University

Small Group Discussion

  • In small groups, attendees will be able to discuss where we should go from here, and develop recommendations for what universities/colleges can do to improve education. These recommendations will be shared to the panel speakers and to the broader higher education community.

Small Group Share out and Closing Remarks