Samantha Rivera Joseph and her husband, Antoine Joseph, pose outside of the Sun Building. Drexel Doctoral Student Sparks Action, Seeks Community Support to Save the Sun Building
This month and with more donations needed, Samantha Rivera Joseph, a PhD student in the Dornsife School of Public Health, hopes to buy the historic building in her Mt. Airy neighborhood and convert it into a community meeting space with crowdsourced funds.
Dragon statue with the text campus update March 30 COVID Safety Reminders for Spring
A message with COVID safety reminders for the spring was sent to the Drexel community. Pandemic safety measures remain crucial as campus activity levels increase.
Since March 2020, Drexel faculty and international academic partners have been pivoting planned study abroad trips to engaging remote learning opportunities. Global at Home: Drexel Study Abroad Goes Virtual During the Pandemic
Since March 2020, Drexel faculty and international academic partners have been pivoting planned study abroad trips to engaging remote learning opportunities.
A screenshot from a Campus Activities Board (CAB) virtual team building event featuring Maxey, Nash and other members of the organization's executive board. One Year Later: What the Pandemic Has Taught Us About Campus Engagement
After a rollercoaster of a year that changed the way Drexel’s student body engages with campus, the community and each other, two student leaders reflect on what was learned and where the Dragon community can go from here.
Heard Around Campus Heard Around Campus — March
With the start of spring term and end of March, be sure to take advantage of events related to Women’s History Month and Drexel’s annual Health and Wellness Fair.
Neighborhood COVID-19 disparities (Photo by Morgan Burke Creative Commons License) Your Neighborhood May Influence Your COVID-19 Risk, Drexel Study Suggests

Markers of the pandemic’s impact – testing rates, positivity ratio (cases among total tests), case rates by overall population and deaths – are clustered in neighborhoods, with low-income and predominantly minority communities experiencing worse outcomes than wealthier and predominantly white neighborhoods. The findings, part of the first research to look at comprehensive neighborhood-level data from March through September 2020 from three large U.S. cities – Chicago, New York and Philadelphia – were published today in Annals of Internal Medicine by researchers from Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health.

The graduates of the Salesforce training program on a Zoom call with Drexel professional staff. Photo courtesy Soneyet Muhammad. Drexel Connects Community Members to Training for Workforce Development
13 Philadelphians recently graduated from a technology training program for Salesforce, a customer relationship management service, through a partnership with the University’s Beachell Family Learning Center.
Medical cannabis. New Medical Cannabis Research Center at Drexel Supports Groundbreaking Research Partnership
The University now has the capacity, and an external partnership with a medical cannabis dispensary, to conduct evidence-based research on the health effects of medical cannabis.
Boathouse Row lit up in blue and gold. Philly Lights Up in Blue and Gold for Drexel’s March Madness Runs
On the night of March 18, well-known landmarks and buildings on campus and throughout the city shone in the University’s colors to support the Dragons.
One of the cubicles sold and removed from the Rush Building. Photo courtesy Bo Solomon. The More Sustainable Way to Get Rid of Surplus Office Items at Drexel
A service offered by the University generates revenue for your department by selling items to be picked up at your location — at no up-front cost.
Associate Vice President of Accounts Payable & Procurement Julie Jones and Director of Supplier Inclusion Allen Riddick at the 2018 Women’s Business Enterprise Center (WBEC) Annual Awards Celebration, where Riddick (right) received the Shining Star award for his support of and commitment to supplier development initiatives. Photo courtesy Julie Jones (left). Drexel Nationally Recognized for Socially Responsible Purchasing
The University received an award for its role in supporting and engaging with minority-owned businesses as an institution of higher education.
Dragon statue with text campus update March 15 Drexel Looking to a Full Return in the Fall
The University will be ramping up in-person and hybrid classes through the summer. Drexel expects that, by the fall, every student will be able to have face-to-face learning experiences, although some hybrid classes and other operational modifications may remain based on public health guidance.
Dragon statue with text campus update March 15 Enjoy a Safe Spring
A message by Janet Cruz, MD, Director, Student Health Services, and Marla J. Gold, MD, Director, Return Oversight Committee, on how to stay safe during spring was sent to the Drexel community.
A Drexel University class during the fall 2020 term. Photo by Ben Wong. More Student Takeaways from the Return Oversight Committee

In the last two meetings of a series of Q&As held last week, University leaders discussed topics like vaccine updates, ramping up face-to-face offerings, mask requirements and on-campus parking and dining.


A screenshot of participants in the March 10 event. More Faculty and Professional Staff COVID-19 Questions Answered
In two Q&As held last week, University leaders discussed topics like vaccinations, phased return and ventilation in office spaces.
Person typing on laptop computer Autism Online: A Review of How Autistic People Communicate Virtually

Researchers from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute collected and reviewed published research about how autistic youth and adults use the internet to communicate and provide a framework for understanding contributions, gaps and opportunities in online autistic communities.

Lighbulb lit near a laptop Drexel Solutions Institute and Merck Launch Leadership Program for Diverse Suppliers
Drexel University announced a collaboration with Merck & Co., Inc., on a new initiative that will help diverse business owners enhance their leadership and business acumen and strengthen and grow their companies. The inaugural cohort of the newly launched “Merck Drexel Advanced Leadership Program for Diverse Suppliers (Merck Drexel ALP)” began coursework for the four-month certificate program last week.
As a health ambassador for Drexel University, Raymond Sarem keeps vigilant over each of the nooks and crannies of the 11-story Gerri C. Lebow Hall, particularly on the four floors where classes take place. Meet Drexel’s New ‘Health Ambassadors’
At the beginning of winter term, the University instituted a new public safety measure to ensure that everyone on campus observes pandemic-era safety guidelines, especially in high-traffic areas at peak times.
Shawn Joshi, a current MD/PhD student in biomedical engineering, obtained a Fulbright grant to do research in the United Kingdom. Everything Dragons Should Know About Applying for a Fulbright This Year
Consider joining the long, diverse lineage of Dragon scholars who’ve applied for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program with the help of the University’s support system, and the hope that COVID-19 will soon be a thing of the past.
New Drexel University Public Safety & U image. Public Safety & U — March (Faculty/Professional Staff)
This month, Public Safety shared alcohol awareness tips and how to take its virtual, interactive, monthly presentations on situational preparedness.
New Drexel University Public Safety & U image. Public Safety & U — March (Student)

This month, Public Safety shares alcohol awareness tips and reviews the Responsible Dragon Amnesty Program.

Drexel University has extend its Test-Optional policy for the next two admission cycles (2022–2023 and 2023–2024). Extending the University's Test-Optional Policy
Drexel will extend its Test-Optional policy, which offers prospective students flexibility in the face of challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, for the next two admission cycles (2022–2023 and 2023–2024).
Dr. Marla Gold Named Vice Provost for Community Health Care Innovation How the Return Oversight Committee is Guiding Drexel During the Pandemic
Marla Gold, MD, director of the Return Oversight Committee, discussed how decisions are made to ensure the safety of Drexel students, faculty, professional staff and neighbors both on and off campus.
Black History Month cutouts in the DAC. A Very 2021 Way of Honoring Black History Month at Drexel
Cardboard cutouts of historical and local Black figures were placed in the stands of Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center in recognition of Black History Month.
Amina Ahmed’s artistic process stems from a geometry practice. Her work expands on the eight-fold, referred to as the breath pattern, which layers the dynamic and static square—universally found in folk and traditional art. Drexel Will Re-Open the Pearlstein Gallery in April to Introduce ‘Breathing Room’

Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery will re-open on Friday, April 2, 2021 after COVID-19 closed the doors to its contemporary art space for the last year. Fittingly, the Pearlstein Gallery will open with a new exhibition, called Breathing Room, presented in collaboration with local gallery Twelve Gates Arts.

Due to Low Satisfaction with Care Access, Some Rural Enrollees in Medicare Advantage are Switching to Traditional Medicare Due to Low Satisfaction with Care Access, Rural Enrollees in Medicare Advantage are Switching to Traditional Medicare

More than one out of every 10 seniors (10.5%) enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, also known as a Medicare managed care option, and living in a rural area, switched to traditional Medicare during 2010-2016. The switch was driven primarily due to low satisfaction with care access, according to a study published this week in Health Affairs from researchers at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health

Drexel Kline School of Law students in class during fall term. Photo by Ben Wong. Student Takeaways From Return Oversight Committee Q&A Series

Members of the Return Oversight Committee virtually answered submitted questions from faculty and professional staff in the first of three sessions. Read the questions and answers that most relate to students.


A screenshot of participants in the Feb. 25 event. Faculty and Professional Staff COVID-19 Questions, Answered
Members of the Return Oversight Committee virtually answered submitted questions related to working from home, vaccine access, campus operations and safety and more.