Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a seminar on inclusive teaching, hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning — the group on campus charged with helping Penn instructors with their teaching and generally improving the quality of education at Penn.
Last week, my friend sent me a New York Times article about the value high school students place on leadership. Because of the perceived focus on traditional leadership in college admissions, students prioritize leadership in the vein of “political or business power” — defining leaders based on their authority and dominance.
This past week, I participated in an Alternate Spring Break trip to Hendersonville, North Carolina, where we spent the week working with Housing Assistance, a local organization that helps with home repair for people in poverty.
Throughout the week, we had the opportunity to help repair roofs around the community, visit local sights and eat lots of great food.
The notion of mutual exclusivity in your education – that your studies either have to be an inch deep and a mile wide or an inch wide and a mile deep – should not exist at Penn.
The width of your education refers to the range of disciplines that you study, while the depth emphasizes how much you choose to specialize.