Fierce Urgency of Now: What Can Colleges and Universities Do about Educatio...

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Houston Hall - Hall of Flags

3417 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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What can colleges and universities do to focus on K-12 schools as core institutions for community engagement and democratic development?

As part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change, leaders from colleges and universities across Philadelphia will engage in an open dialogue on what is currently being done, and what more can be done to strengthen mutually beneficial partnerships that improve the quality of life and learning in local schools.

This event is sponsored by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, the African-American Resource Center, and PHENND (Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development).

Registration is strongly encouraged as seating may be limited. Refreshments will be served at 5:00PM


5:00 PM Dinner and Networking

5:30 PM Opening Remarks:

  • Amy Gutmann, Ph.D, President, University of Pennsylvania

  • Ira Harkavy, Ph.D, Associate Vice President and Founding Director of The Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania

5:45 PM Panelist Discussion - Moderated by Dr. Donald Generals, President, Community College of Philadelphia

  • Gregory M. Anderson, Ph.D, Dean and Professor of Higher Education, College of Education, Temple University

  • Joanne Ferroni, Director, University and Community Partnerships, Drexel University

  • Pam Grossman Ph.D, Dean, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

  • Laura A. Roy, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor of Education, La Salle University

  • Aimee LaPointe Terosky, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Saint Joseph's University

6:45 PM Small Group Discussion

In small groups, attendees will be able to discuss where we should go from here, and develop recommendations for what universities/colleges can do to improve education. These recommendations will be shared to the panel speakers and to the broader higher education community.

7:30 PM Small Group Share out and Closing Remarks

8:00 PM Close

Getting there:

Houston Hall is accessible via SEPTA's Market Frankford Line (34th Street Station), Trolley Lines (36th Street Station) or Bus Lines 21, 30, 40, and 42. Public garage parking information can be found here:

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