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Lucy Kerman, PhD

Senior Vice Provost, University and Community Partnerships

Office of University and Community Partnerships

Contact:

lucy.e.kerman@drexel.edu

215.895.2123

Lucy Kerman is senior vice provost for University and Community Partnerships at Drexel University, where she is responsible for providing strategic direction for Drexel’s neighborhood initiatives and directs the University’s civic engagement efforts. A primary role is to align Drexel’s academic and administrative resources to create a coordinated and comprehensive approach to community revitalization, including investments in housing, economic development, retail, clean and safe initiatives, education and health/wellness. Among many projects, Kerman leads the planning and implementation of the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships and oversees the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement. She also works closely with Drexel’s School of Education and the School District of Philadelphia to improve the public schools near Drexel’s campus. 

Before coming to Drexel, Kerman served as vice president of Policy and Planning at the Urban Affairs Coalition and was also a member of Judith Rodin’s staff at the University of Pennsylvania, where she helped to coordinate Penn’s West Philadelphia Initiatives, a comprehensive community revitalization effort in University City near Penn’s campus.

Kerman is a graduate of Wellesley College, and earned a PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley and a business certificate from the Wharton School.

For news media inquiries, contact Niki Gianakaris at ngianakaris@drexel.edu, 215-895-6741 (office) or 215-778-7752 (cell).

In the News

  • Locke in West Philly Becomes City's 12th Community School

    Lucy Kerman, PhD, senior vice provost for University and Community Partnerships, was quoted in a Sept. 6 Philadelphia Public School Notebook story about Drexel supporting Alain Locke School as part of the Mayor’s Community Schools Initiative. Drexel will use funding from the Promise Neighborhood grant to fund community resources and services at Locke. A related story also ran on Newsworks.

  • Philadelphia Hosts National Association of Black Journalists Conference

    Lucy Kerman, PhD, senior vice provost for University and Community Partnerships, was included in a April 4 Huffington Post story as one of the speakers at the National Association of Black Journalists conference in Philadelphia.

  • Drexel Gets $6 Million to Help Seven Philly Schools

    Lucy Kerman, PhD, senior vice provost for University and Community Partnerships, was quoted in a Dec. 20 Diverse Issues in Higher Education story about Drexel and Philadelphia receiving a $6 million Promise Neighborhood grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant provides up to $30 million over five years per locality. The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, WCAU-TV (NBC-10), WTXF-TV (FOX-29) and numerous outlets covered the story.

  • Philly Superintendent Wants More Closures, Conversions, New Schools

    Drexel was mentioned in an Oct. 1 Philadelphia Inquirer story about new public schools being built in the city. Lucy Kerman, PhD, vice provost for university and community partnerships, was quoted in an Oct. 1 Philly.com “Campus Inq post about Drexel’s involvement in opening a middle school on the former site of University City High School.

  • Philly Finalists Selected for $3 Million Arts in Development Grant

    Lucy Kerman, PhD, vice provost for university and community partnerships, was quoted in a Philly Voice story on May 4 about Drexel being among four Philadelphia organizations selected as finalists by ArtPlace America for community development investments. The finalist will receive a $3 million grant to incorporate arts and cultural strategies into its community work.

  • University Re-Imagines Town And Gown Relationship In Philadelphia

    The Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships was profiled in a Jan. 29 National Public Radio (NPR) story about its involvement in the Mantua community. Lucy Kerman, PhD, vice provost for university and community partnerships, and Rose Samuel-Evans, association director of community partnerships, were quoted in the story, which also mentioned President John A. Fry.

  • Drexel University Creates the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships

    Jennifer Britton, associate director of the Lindy Institute, authored a December Planning for Higher Education Journal article about the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. President John A. Fry and Lucy Kerman, PhD, vice provost for university and community partnerships, were mentioned.

  • Drexel will share its expertise with the community at new Dornsife Center

    Drexel’s Dana and David Dornsife Center, which will offer space for community outreach activities, was featured in a FlyingKite.com post on June 24.

  • New on Campus: Drexel's Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships

    The opening of Drexel’s Dana and David Dornsife Center was mentioned in a June 19 Keystone Edge post. The Center, which opened last week, will offer space for community outreach activities.

  • Offering Drexel resources, West Philly center aims to solidify ties with neighborhood

    The grand opening of the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships was featured in a WHYY/Newsworks story on June 12. Lucy Kerman, vice provost for University and Community Partnerships was interviewed. WPVI-TV (6-abc) also ran the story on June 12.

  • what does it mean to be a promise zone?

    Lucy Kerman, the vice provost for university and community partnerships, was quoted in an April 15 Flying Kite article about Drexel’s involvement with Philadelphia’s designation as a Promise Zone.

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