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Penn students host panel to address lack of resources for graduate students with autism

(03/28/19 4:12am)

More than 30 people from across Penn and University City gathered at a panel about supporting graduate students with autism on Monday. The panelists, who are leaders in advocacy for autistic students, spoke about the discrimination autistic grad students face and the need for faculty to be better trained in supporting them.

Penn health system faces lawsuit from employee allegedly fired during cancer treatment

(02/18/19 4:27pm)

Former Penn employee Kenya Harris alleges she was unlawfully terminated from her job after requesting an extension of her leave which she was on for breast cancer treatment. The lawsuit, filed on Feb. 11 against the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, claims the defendants violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Despite shift in CAPS hours at Penn Dental, concerns over accessibility remain

(11/29/18 1:50am)

Penn's School of Dental Medicine was one of the first schools to implement the Counseling and Psychological Services' program of embedding clinicians in schools to make mental health resources more accessible for students. But despite efforts by administrators to improve the system, Dental students still say they face obstacles in utilizing the services.

Grad student Laronnda Thompson looks to expand disability initiatives in Penn's 12 schools

(11/12/18 6:27am)

When Laronnda Thompson started her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies and Human Development at Penn, she had already had experience navigating a university with a disability. Thompson was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disorder, which puts her bones at risk of breaking easily, so she has to move around campus in a wheelchair.

As Penn announces wave of dorm renovations, grad students ask: What about Sansom Place East?

(10/22/18 2:06am)

Over the past year, undergraduate housing and the policy surrounding it has garnered considerable attention. Penn has announced that it would construct the new undergraduate dorm New College House West, install air conditioning in Kings Court English College House and Du Bois College House next summer, and renovate the Quad in the next five to seven years. 

New Penn prof Jeb Bush discusses 'tribal tendencies' of partisan politics at College Hall

(10/18/18 5:37pm)

In a packed room in College Hall on Wednesday night, former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush gave his first talk at Penn since being named the second Presidential Practice Professor. Bush addressed the partisan nature in politics today and the lack of dialogue that exists across the aisle, urging conservatives to return to the idea that America is the land of opportunity.

Fels Institute alumni persist with calls for transparency as U. moves forward with high-profile hire

(10/01/18 12:38am)

Penn announced on Sept. 24 that Michael DiBerardinis, the managing director of Philadelphia, will join the Fels Institute of Government faculty in January 2019 as a professor of practice. This comes amid ongoing alumni efforts for Fels to be more transparent about the drastic administrative turnover within Fels and include input from the larger Fels community, including alumni, students, and other stakeholders.