Penn First Plus organized the first First Generation College Celebration that ran from Nov. 4 to Nov. 9. Events over the course of the week aimed to celebrate the achievements of first-generation, low-income undergraduates, graduates, and alumni. The celebration helped to foster more inclusion, support, and recognition of FGLI students.
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Thousands of students and other protesters filled the streets of Center City to advocate for policy changes to help resist the present and future effects of climate change on Friday. The march in Philadelphia was a part of the second "Global Climate Strike," a series of simultaneous protests across the world. Although Philadelphia public school students were told that they would be marked absent if they attended the strike, they came out in large numbers to demonstrate, holding up a variety of signs and chanting throughout the event.
Philadelphia sparked with patriotism in celebration of liberty, independence, and community as the birthplace of America. Week-long festivities sponsored by the Wawa Welcome to America Festival featured free concerts from singers Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor, free food and games, as well as dazzling fireworks to end the night.
The 31st Annual Philadelphia Pride Parade marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and commemorated the accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ movement. Notable speakers and performers at the event included Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny, Governor Wolf, Drag Queen VinChelle, and musician David Hernandez.
Professor of Communication Kathleen Hall Jamieson’s book on Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election recently won the 2019 Reginald Robert Hawkins Award on Feb. 7.