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Welcoming New Students, Staff and Faculty to Dornsife

students holding pins with Drexel dragon

September 16, 2022

On Friday, September 16, 2022, a long-standing tradition at the Dornsife School of Public Health took place – the Welcome Ceremony and Pinning. Attendees of this event gathered in person in the Stein Auditorium in Nesbitt Hall or tuned in live via a live stream. This year marks 26 years of the tradition that allows the Dornsife community to formally welcome all new students, staff, and faculty.

This year, 187 new master's students, 27 new doctoral students, and 22 undergraduate students joined Dornsife from many parts of the U.S. and from 23 different countries. There are 15 new faculty members and 45 new staff members who have also joined the School. For a complete list of new students, faculty and professional staff, check out the 2022 Pinning Program.

The honoree guest speaker of the event was Amal Bass, JD, Interim Co-Executive Director of Women’s Law Project. The Women's Law Project is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that seeks to advance the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQ+ people in Pennsylvania and beyond. Bass provides legal representation and engages in public policy advocacy in a variety of areas, including pregnancy/caretaking discrimination and accommodation, Title IX athletic equity and sexual harassment, reproductive rights, and employment rights.

After Bass spoke, new members of Dornsife were presented with the “Health as a Human Right” pin by faculty members. Next, the Student Government Organization Officers led new students in reciting the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Charter of the World Health Organization as a reflection of the school’s commitment to social justice, and its vision of health as a human right.

Others who shared remarks included Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Dana and David Dornsife Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology and Tariem Burroughs, MSEd, MSODL, MA, Director of Experiential Learning and Career Services.

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