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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion News

The College of Arts and Sciences (CoAS) at Drexel University has a proud history of initiatives that seek to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. We are committed to addressing and alleviating systemic bias within all institutions, and we invite you to join us in these efforts.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

CoAS Students Present Research at UN Commission on the Status of Women

Apr 26, 2021

Portraits of Liz Pham and Zyrah AlviCoAS students Liz Pham and Zyrah Alvi recently presented their research on corruption at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 2021 Forum. 

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PhD Student Luis Grande Branger Tackles Aquaman and White Supremacy in New Publication

Apr 15, 2021

Luis GrandeCommunication, Culture and Media (CCM) doctoral student Luis Grande Branger has an essay on "Aquaman and the American White Supremacy" forthcoming in a new collection of critical essays on the work of movie director James Wan.

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Clinical Psychology PhD Student Fareshte Erani Awarded F31 Fellowship from National Institutes of Health

Apr 08, 2021

Doctoral Student Fareshte EraniClinical Psychology PhD student Fareshte Erani was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research, which supports the research training of predoctoral students from diverse backgrounds that are underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral or clinical research workforce.

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Junior Medina Talebi Accepted to Prestigious Ralph Bunche Summer Institute

Apr 05, 2021

Photo of Medina TalebiCollege of Arts and Sciences junior Medina Talebi has been accepted to attend the highly competitive Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI), which helps prepare undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities for an academic career in political science.

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The Future is Bright for CoAS Alum Shahmar Beasley ’19, JD ’22

Mar 31, 2021

drexel alum shahmar beasley

In a short time, College of Arts and Sciences alumnus Shahmar Beasley ’19 has accomplished a lot. From being named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Scholar to campaigning for various politicians and attending Drexel’s Kline School of Law, Beasley keeps a full calendar.  

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Inaugural DEI Community Read Takes Up Racism, Slavery and Higher Education

Dec 18, 2020

The College of Arts and Sciences weekly 'community read' of the book "Ebony & Ivy" starts on January 14. The class is free and open to all.The College of Arts and Sciences is hosting a Community Read of the book Ebony & Ivy is being offered as a 1-credit special-topics course in politics in the winter and spring, open to all Drexel students. Community members and faculty, staff and alumni from the entire University are also invited to participate, at no cost. Meetings are from 6 to 6:50 p.m. on Thursdays and will be conducted via Zoom.

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Psychology Grant to Address Youth Confinement Amid COVID-19

Jun 05, 2020

Drexel's Juvenile Justice Research and Reform LabCorrectional facilities have emerged as hotspots for the spread of COVID-19, and confined youth face an increased risk of COVID-19 infection. Given the overrepresentation of youth of color in correctional facilities, the disproportionate infection and mortality rate of COVID-19 among communities of color is compounded for these youth.

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Supporting Sustainability and Resilience in Las Marias, Puerto Rico

May 07, 2020

Gateway post to education center at Plenitud PR: "No hay nada que el amor no pueda transformar / There is nothing that love cannot transform"The “Disaster and Resilience in Puerto Rico” Community-Based Learning (CBL) course created by Steve Dolph, PhD, took students from across Drexel to Plenitud PR, a nonprofit educational farm and community dedicated to service in sustainability and the arts, located in Las Marias, Puerto Rico over winter break.

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Drexel’s Science in Motion Program Helps Level the Playing Field

Apr 29, 2020

Drexel University Science In Motion VanDrexel University’s Science in Motion (SIM) program is an innovative, basic education/higher education partnership, funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 2000, that provides equipment and materials for high school and middle school chemistry classes.

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Psychology PhD Student Creates COVID-19 Resource List

Apr 07, 2020

Graphic: Covid-19 Resource List by clinical psychology PhD student Kelsey ClarkAs the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continued to spread, clinical psychology PhD student Kelsey Clark was inspired by her training as both a scientist and a clinical practitioner to do something. She created the COIVD-19 Resource List — now stretching over 400 items long — to connect the public with a range of resources, with a focus on mental health.

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Drexel MFA Student Opens Harriett’s Bookshop in Fishtown

Feb 03, 2020

Jeanine Cook sitting on couch inside Harriett's Bookshop in FishtownHarriett’s Bookshop, named in honor of Harriet Tubman, features a monthly literary rotation curated according to a theme — a comingling of new voices and “old voices that are new again,” says owner Jeannine Cook, a community activist and student in Drexel University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

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Public Policy Course Tackles Philadelphia’s PES Refinery Problem

Jan 07, 2020

PES RefineryThe Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery in South Philadelphia was the largest and oldest refinery complex on the East Coast until it shut down this summer, following an explosion on June 21, when a highly flammable processing liquid leaked and caught fire from a corroded elbow joint, sending a massive fireball into the Grays Ferry darkness.

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12 Ways to Feel Connected at Drexel

Oct 21, 2019

Drexel CoAS Students Having Fun in Photo BoothWhether it’s your first quarter at Drexel or your last, there are myriad opportunities to connect to Drexel’s many communities and students. Check out these 12 tips for finding your Drexel home, courtesy of the College’s Student Advisory Board.

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Bio Grad Takes on Mental Health Stigma and Medicine

Sep 23, 2019

Deanna Mauro Biology Student at Drexel UniversityOn co-op at Johnson & Johnson, Deanna Mauro ’19 stood confidently before a room of senior scientists. Mauro, a biological sciences major at Drexel University, had spent the past six months running her own project, designed to increase the effectiveness of a specific immunotherapy.

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COM Major Finds Community “In the Heart of Brotherly Love”

Jul 23, 2019

Roy Aguilar - Behind the ScenesA lifelong North Philly resident, Roy Aguilar knows a thing or two about neighborhood pride. “People who live in prideful places in Philadelphia tend to be biased toward their neighborhood,” says Aguilar, a recent graduate of the communication major at Drexel University. “There is a sense of community. We feel like we are a special people, because we support one another.”

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Drexel Writing Center Creates Community Through Anti-Racist Pedagogy

May 23, 2019

Janel McCloskey, director of the Writing Center, and peer readers in the Korman Center, where the Writing Center will relocate in the springThe Drexel Writing Center has long been a space where the Drexel community — students, faculty and staff — can turn for one-to-one support through every stage of the writing process. For DWC staff, creating an inclusive community for both writers and tutors is a central focus.

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Paralympic Preview: Exploring Disability Studies Ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games

May 01, 2019

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic GamesWorld-leading athletes, incredible feats of human performance and plenty of heart: the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games will be a cause for both celebration and scholarship. Amy Slaton, PhD, professor of history, and Scott Knowles, PhD, department head of history and panel moderator, gave us a primer on the games ahead of the Dean’s Seminar.

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New Access to Open-Licensed Materials Could Make a Difference for Students

Feb 05, 2019

Open Textbook Library LogoDrexel faculty now have greater access to open-licensed textbooks — and are already starting to implement them in the classroom.

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Communication Alum Directs Original Documentary on Mothers Struggling with Opioid Addiction

May 03, 2018

“One time I was in rehab, and they were talking about how there is an original body of pain. And you create more pain on top of that trying to handle the original thing that hurt you.”

So recalls Ashley Ramey in the trailer for “Original Body of Pain,” a documentary about motherhood and opioid addiction co-directed by Stan Wright, BA Communication ’15, and Dominic Silva, both MFA students at Wake Forest University.

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NSF-Backed Study Investigates the Ethics of Algorithms

Jan 08, 2018

Ethics of AlgorithmsComputer algorithms — the sequences of instructions or rules computers follow to solve problems — influence many aspects of our lives, from the products we buy to the people we date and even the jobs we are offered. But who makes algorithms and code, and how do their values translate into the work they do? That's what Kelly Joyce, PhD, wanted to find out in 2013, when she and a fellow researcher were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for their study, The Ethics of Algorithms.

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