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As Jess Mertz departs from Penn, she leaves behind a legacy of fighting sexual violence

(05/02/19 12:29am)

When Jessica Mertz became the inaugural director of Penn Violence Prevention in 2014, the office had just one employee — Jessica Mertz. She has since helped the office grow to employ three full-time staff as well as half a dozen students. Mertz has occupied many different positions on campus, but she has always remained at the forefront of Penn's fight to end sexual violence. A decade after arriving at her first job on campus, Mertz will leave Penn in May to become the executive director of the Clery Center, whose mission is to create safer campuses for college students nationwide.

Adrian Rivera-Reyes, Penn researcher and democratic socialist, is running for City Council

(01/29/19 5:38am)

The day after Adrian Rivera-Reyes attends his graduation ceremony from the Perelman School of Medicine and walks across the stage with a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology in May, he could be elected as the first openly gay person and only millennial serving in Philadelphia’s City Council.