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Penn First Plus will develop faculty sensitivity training and new resource website

(04/22/19 4:05am)

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.

How academic performance can determine whether students keep their federal aid

(03/21/19 1:55am)

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.

How to use Penn's online bias reporting form effectively, explained by grad student leaders

(01/17/19 5:37am)

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.

Grad. group's kickoff event promises first-gen. low-income students greater visibility

(11/18/18 9:59pm)

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.

Inside the challenges of navigating OCR at Penn as a first-gen, low-income student

(10/24/18 6:34am)

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. 

Graduate students call for more transparency in ongoing push for central diversity office at Penn

(09/06/18 12:00pm)

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.  

The Penn mental health resources every freshman needs to know

(08/20/18 3:03pm)

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.

UA working to gauge interested in 'embed system' for CAPS counselors

(03/27/18 7:37pm)

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.