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Campus & Community

Andrea Eleazar's work station for her remote STAR Scholars experience this summer. Drexel's STAR Scholars program was one of the deciding factors for Eleazar in choosing to attend Drexel.

How Drexel’s STAR Scholars Program Still Went According to Plan Despite Pandemic

The program, which gives highly motivated first-year students the opportunity to conduct faculty-mentored undergraduate research, supported 101 students this summer with stipends and remote positions, plus more in-person opportunities planned for the upcoming academic year.

Lisa Santore Daughen, chairperson of the Drexel Family Association, shares advice and her own experiences on remaining a resource for students while still allowing them to “drive the bus,” even considering the changes and challenges of our time.

Navigating the New Normal as a Drexel Family

Lisa Santore Daughen, chairperson of the Drexel Family Association, shares advice and her own experiences on remaining a resource for students while still allowing them to “drive the bus,” even considering the changes and challenges of our time.
Members of Campus Activities Board (CAB) posing in Drexel University's Main Building.

“What’s Next?”: Finding Community During Drexel’s Remote Fall Term

Christian Maxey, a fourth-year honors student and president of the Campus Activities Board (CAB), outlines how virtual campus involvement will still be possible this fall term and why it’s most important for Dragons to take part.

New Drexel University Public Safety & U image.

Public Safety & U — September

Whether you’re on campus or not, there are precautions to take and best practices to be aware of to create a safe, secure and healthy environment for you, your fellow Dragons and your neighbors.
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Drexel Joins Virtual B. PHL Citywide Innovation Festival

With a new virtual format and a focus on supporting COVID-19 recovery efforts in the Philadelphia region, the 2020 B. PHL festival — a celebration of the city’s creative spirit — will bring together innovators for three days of talks, workshops, meet-ups and curated experiences from the city and around the world. Admission to this year’s festival is free, with the option to make a donation to the PHL COVID-19 fund. Drexel University leadership, faculty and professional staff members, including President John Fry, will participate in several events during the festival, which will be held from Sept. 15-17.
Results from a February survey shows widespread agreement that Drexel’s ties to the city, co-op and employers belong at the heart of Drexel’s 2020-2030 Strategic Plan, now set for release later this year.

Drexel Researchers Receive Funding for Racial Equity Projects

Just over $100,000 was awarded to 22 faculty and professional staff through Drexel's Rapid Response Research & Development Fund.
Dragon statue with campus update Aug. 27

Expanding Outreach, Assistance for New Academic Year

The following message about expanding outreach and assistance for the new academic year was sent from Drexel President John Fry: As we gear up for the start of an academic year that will see remote learning continue for Drexel undergraduates, we are expanding outreach to support and foster a greater sense of community for students, faculty and professional staff. Two town halls are planned, rent abatement is being offered to second-year students leasing from American Campus Communities, and COVID-19 testing procedures are being updated.

The Drexel Academic Tower site — a key part of the planned UCity Square — photographed earlier this month. Photo courtesy Wexford and Turner Construction.

President John Fry on the Future of Drexel, Philadelphia and Higher Education

Last week, the University’s leader answered questions about the University’s finances and response to changes in higher education, as well as its role in the local ecosystem going forward.
 The chairs of the Anti-Racism Task Force and the co-chairs of its 11 committees have held our first two meetings, and our work has begun in earnest.

Update From The Chairs: Anti-Racism Committee Work Is Underway

The chairs of the Anti-Racism Task Force discussed what they've accomplished so far and how they are incorporating feedback and perspectives into future initiatives. 
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Drexel Professor Wants to Help Us All Have a Big Talk

There’s a lot to talk about right now and social distancing hasn’t made it easy to get it all out. Drexel University Professor Frank Lee, PhD, who is known for visually appealing and nostalgic architectural art installations, is hoping to provide a forum for conversation with some assistance from a seven-story building in Philadelphia.

Drexel Updates Holiday Policy to Formally Recognize Juneteenth and Indigenous Peoples Day

Drexel Updates Holiday Policy to Formally Recognize Juneteenth and Indigenous Peoples' Day

As part of Drexel’s pledge to dismantle racism in University policies and practices, the University has revised its Holiday Policy to designate Juneteenth (June 19) and Indigenous Peoples' Day (formerly Columbus Day) as recognized, annual University holidays.
A praying mantis eating a spotted lanternfly outside of Race Hall and the adjacent Library Learning Terrace. Photo credit: Scott Dunham.

Q&A: Protecting Trees From the Spotted Lanternfly

You’ve probably heard about the invasive species or seen them for yourself — but do you know how to help protect your environment from them?