Since Marc Lo began his role as Penn First Plus Office executive director at the start of the semester, the office has been collecting input from first-generation, low-income students on the issues they continuously face at Penn. As the semester comes to a close, the office is now planning initiatives to normalize FGLI students' experiences.
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Starting this summer, "highly-aided" sophomores and juniors will be guaranteed funding up to $4,000 for unpaid or underpaid internships.
As the national college admissions scheme continues to unravel, some first-generation, low-income students say they are frustrated with the "unfair" admissions process of elite institutions.
While navigating federal financial aid, students are expected to keep their academic performance in check. Students struggling with their academic work may find their federal aid in jeopardy, and although Penn has some measures to prevent them from losing their aid, many students are unaware of these federal guidelines and the resources Penn offers.
Penn's First Generation Low Income Textbook Library helps students save hundreds of dollars on textbooks and allows them to donate old books each semester. But a recent surge in demand has left students and faculty calling for more space and funding to sustain the library.
Anonymous flyers found on campus have called on the Penn Museum to return two "stolen" stone horse artifacts back to China.
In December, Tina Brosius became Pennsylvania's first woman since 1990 to be freed from a life sentence in prison — with the help of 12 Penn students.
The University’s release of an online bias reporting form last August left students questioning how Penn would address the reports. While only a small amount of reports have been submitted so far, graduate student leaders — who advocated for the form — have clarified how the follow-up process works and how the administration plans to use the data.
Three months after Penn President Amy Gutmann formally acknowledged Penn’s ties to slavery in a University-wide email, student research revealed Penn's connection to slavery is more expansive than previously known.
While the University has shifted its focus toward improving the first-generation low-income experiences at the undergraduate level recently, the FGLI community is working toward achieving the same level of recognition for graduate students. Penn First Graduate Association’s first-ever event this month helped springboard these goals into action.
With a high grade point average and a slew of difficult classes under his belt, first-generation, low-income student Min Choi hoped to secure a sophomore summer internship. However, Choi lacked any familial connections in the banking and consulting industries which took a toll on his application process.
During the spring semester of her junior year, Nursing senior Ana Quiroga woke up at 5 a.m. twice a week to bike across the city to Pennsylvania Hospital for her clinical studies.
Graduate students have spent more than a year campaigning for a central diversity office, and they only plan to continue pushing forward this semester. In the face of slow progress, student leaders said they intend to expand their support base by engaging undergraduate students and finding further evidence to support the need for this office at Penn.
More than a year has passed since the Office of the University Architect announced its intention to launch a feasibility study to explore the possibility of expanding the number of all-gender bathrooms on campus.
Following a half year of collaboration between graduate and professional students and administrators, Penn unveiled its first University-wide online bias incident reporting form on Tuesday afternoon.
Before arriving to campus, it's likely that incoming freshmen have already heard of the notion of Penn Face, the ”work hard, play hard” mantra, and maybe even the hyper-competitive club recruitment processes. While many of these phenomena do exist on campus, there are also many steps the University and student groups have taken to improve mental wellness and to offer additional resources for students in need of support.
College freshman Madison Holleran started at Penn in 2013 as a track and field athlete from Allendale, N.J. Her death by suicide five months later has prompted a conversation on mental health in athletic departments in institutions of higher education.
In the nine years that Bill Alexander has served as Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, CAPS has undergone several major transformations, largely in response to great tragedy that has struck Penn's campus in more ways than one.
The Undergraduate Assembly administered a survey to undergraduate students to gauge interest for specific mental health initiatives, including the location of Counseling and Psychological Services, the presence of student-led mental health groups, and the possibility of walk-in CAPS sessions in buildings on campus.
Counseling and Psychological Services launched I CARE — a training program to help peers and advisers better understand mental health and consequently help each other — nearly four years ago after four students died by suicide in the 2013-2014 academic year alone.