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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion News

News and Updates About Drexel's Commitment To Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Keyanna Bynum (third from right) poses with fellow nursing students during the last academic year at their final clinical.

How to Find Your People, Stay True to Yourself When Starting at Drexel

Keyanna Bynum, BSN ’21, who helped make the Center for Black Culture what it is today as part of its first Advisory Board, explains that though there are so many opportunities when first starting college, it’s important to find the people with and places where students can access a home away from home.

Jaara Ndaw, a fourth-year global studies student and member of the Center for Black Culture 2021–2022 Advisory Board, planned to take it slow her first year at Drexel and get more involved later. Then, the pandemic happened.

In an Unpredictable World, Don’t Wait to Make the Most of Your College Experience

Jaara Ndaw, a fourth-year global studies student and member of the Center for Black Culture 2021–2022 Advisory Board, planned to take it slow her first year at Drexel and get more involved later. Then, the pandemic happened. She compels new students to be aware of the challenges they face when starting college, but also to step out of their comfort zone in order to not miss out on the great opportunities Drexel has to offer.

Bearded Ladies Cabaret is one of the organizations which received the 2021 Art Works grant, and which Drexel co-op students could have the opportunity to work with starting next year.

New Grant Program to Support Paid Nonprofit Co-op Opportunities for Dragons

Forman Arts Initiative and Philadelphia Foundation have launched Arts Works, a $3 million grant program for local community-based organizations and emerging artists, with additional funds to support co-op positions at recipient organizations starting next year.

But We Keep Going, the Paul Robeson High School senior portrait series, was celebrated on the evening of June 17 with a projection event on Drexel's University City campus produced by Welsh, Writers Room Assistant Director Patrice Worthy, Pearlstein Gallery Exhibitions and Programs Coordinator Leah Appleton, and Greenhouse Media.

Drexel Writers Room Collaboration Shines 7-Story Spotlight on Local High School Graduates

As part of its TRIPOD initiative, the university-community literary arts program Writers Room helped celebrate and share stories of the Paul Robeson High School senior class and their resiliency during the pandemic — culminating in the projection of the students’ portraits on the side of the University City Campus’ Nesbitt Hall on the evening of June 17.

Sheena Coleman, 40, of Powelton Village, received her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a walk-up clinic at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships on May 27.

Dragons Unite to Bring Vaccines, Resources to the Surrounding West Philadelphia Community

Drexel University faculty, staff, students and community partners, along with Sunray Pharmacy, have come together to put on weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships in Powelton Village.

The University will kick off and close out Pride Month 2021 with online events exploring and celebrating the wide spectrum of history, experiences and issues within the LGBTQIA+ community.

Drexel Celebrates Pride Month 2021

The University will kick off and close out Pride Month 2021 with online events exploring and celebrating the wide spectrum of history, experiences and issues within the LGBTQIA+ community.

Opening in Fall 2021 and housed in the University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, the Center will be led by inaugural director Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH, an assistant professor at Dornsife.
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.

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.

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.

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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.

Trapeta Mayson (left) and Yolanda Wisher, adjunct instructors in the Department of English and Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University, are teaching “Black Women Writing: Short Stories (CW T680)” to graduate students.

Graduate Course Shifts Focus on Black Women Writers, Away From the ‘Single Story’

“Black Women Writing: Short Stories (CW T680),” which is being offered to graduate students this term, promotes anti-racism by disrupting the white literary cannon and shining a light on 19th century through 21st century Black women renegades.

A group of LeBow College graduate students and B Smart facilitators Kevin Williams and alumnus Jabari Jones in 2019. Photo credit: Soneyet Muhammad.

B Smart Program Commits $25,000 to Support Small Businesses Owned by Women of Color

The program held at Drexel provided training and funding to local entrepreneurs, including the owners of a Black-owned childcare center and an Asian American and Pacific Islander-owned bakery.

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A rendering of the Powel Elementary & Science Leadership Academy Middle School.

Q&A: PILOTs and SILOTs— What Is Drexel’s Responsibility?

Every year Drexel contributes a wide range of services and resources to the City of Philadelphia that benefit residents, public schools, the local economy and Drexel students’ own learning experience.

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Drexel to Launch New Center for Black Culture With Virtual Event

Drexel University will celebrate the virtual opening of its new Center for Black Culture Nov. 12, with a "Virtual Kickback" to welcome Black students, faculty, professional staff, alumni and allies.  The Center will serve as a resource for the University community to gain a greater understanding of the Black experience and support a welcoming and wholly inclusive campus environment.

One of the grants will help the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, the Kline School of Law and School Education collaborate on the "West Philadelphia Community Dialogue Project."

Drexel-Funded Research Examines Racial Equity On and Off Campus

The University supported 22 projects focused on societal challenges in communities and within Drexel itself.

Jeffrey Jordan on his porch with his dog, Justice, surrounded by supplies to distribute to the West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood. Photo courtesy Jeffrey Jordan.

Q&A: The Drexel Employee Using His Front Porch to Support the Community

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jeffrey Jordan is volunteering his West Belmont home as the go-to spot where Drexel can supply civic leaders and volunteers with cleaning supplies, masks, toys, books and flyers to distribute to the West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood.

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Drexel's Pearlstein Gallery Commissions Three Murals Depicting Indigenous Female Leaders

In advance of Native American Heritage Month, Drexel University will present (S)Heroes Among Us, a public art event that will be streamed on the Twitch channel of Drexel’s Pearlstein Gallery on Friday, Oct.18, 2020 at 1 p.m.  Three Philadelphia-area artists, Priscilla Bell, BUSTA and Leon Rainbow, will paint murals to the sounds of a deejay informed by native music at 3401 Filbert Street in the yard of the gallery.

 

In its sixth season, the morning radio show on WKDU is tackling interviews and education related to Black Lives Matter while staying true to its root goal of connecting Drexel to the surrounding community.

Wake Up to Information and Change with “Good Morning, Neighbors”

In its sixth season, the morning radio show on WKDU is tackling interviews and education related to Black Lives Matter while staying true to its root goal of connecting Drexel to the surrounding community.

 

Drexel's 2020 Convocation was held virtually and filmed in a socially distant way.

During a Historic Time, Drexel’s Virtual Convocation Looks Ahead

Looking and sounding different than past years, the 2020 ceremony outlined how Drexel will be working to improve educational, working and living environments on and off campus.

Drexel student activist Tianna Williams posing outside of the Rush Building, which will soon be the home of the University's Center for Black Culture.

Face of Change: Tianna Williams and the Undergraduate Student Push for an Anti-Racist Drexel

As the sole undergraduate student co-chair of Drexel University’s Anti-Racism Task Force established in June, fourth-year engineering student Tianna Williams is making her voice heard and creating the change she wants to see on campus.

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Beating the Heat — Safely and Sustainably — During the Pandemic

When public pools and many cooling centers closed this summer due to COVID-19, Drexel University researchers teamed up with the William Penn foundation and members of the Hunting Park community to come up with strategies to safely and sustainably beat the heat. 

Drexel’s Office of University and Community Partnerships.

Fall 2020 Volunteer Opportunities for Drexel Dragons

Drexel’s Office of University and Community Partnerships shared ways for students, faculty and professional staff to get involved with the community through its programs and centers.

Jazmean Williams, a 2020 graduate with a BS in biomedical engineering, in the lab during her six-month co-op in Wellington, New Zealand funded partially by Drexel-LSAMP.

Changing STEM Representation Trends Through the Philadelphia AMP Alliance

The Greater Philadelphia Region Alliance for Minority Participation (Philadelphia AMP) was started in 1994 through National Science Foundation funding and a Drexel alum’s efforts. As host institution for the alliance for over 20 years, Drexel continues to support Dragons and spearhead regional STEM representation change through programming, funding, opportunities and mentorship.

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.

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. 

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.

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Stronger Advocates and Better Partners on Anti-Racism

The following message was sent to the University community from Drexel President John Fry: I am writing to update you on where we stand in advancing the anti-racism agenda that I laid out last month. I am deeply committed to creating an anti-racist community at Drexel where all students, faculty, and professional staff know they are seen for their individual skills and talents, and not judged through the lens of preconceived racist notions, thoughts or beliefs. As a university, we are equipped to tackle racism by educating our community and practicing the behaviors we value.

From left to right: Allen Riddick, Una Massenburg, Charlene Rice and Bo Solomon volunteering to clean the area near 52nd and Market streets on June 13.

In West Philadelphia, Drexel Staff and Programs Help with Cleanup and Commerce

When shops in West Philadelphia were damaged on May 31 in the aftermath of citywide social justice protests, Drexel professional staff tapped into their networks and connections to help with recovery.

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ExCITe Center to Help Community Members Navigate Technology Access Challenges of Working and Learning From Home as Part of City's Digital Literacy Initiative

Drexel University’s Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center will join a network of organizations across the city to help ensure all Philadelphians have access to the devices and internet connections they need to learn and work remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic. With support from a Philadelphia Digital Literacy Alliance initiative, Drexel will be one of three partners to provide support on accessing low cost Internet options, connecting wireless devices, and providing computers to ensure access to internet service for community members in need.

More than 700 people attended a virtual “Community Discussion Regarding Racism” convened by Drexel University on June 5.

Community Discussion Jumpstarts University Action on Topics of Race

DrexelNow provides the full transcript of a virtual community discussion convened by Drexel to answer questions about how the University is building an antiracist and inclusive culture.

Trucks preparing to mail out the New Student Admission Letters as the University was closing on March 20. Photo credit: Mary K. Catalfamo.

At Drexel, Community Comes Together as Dragons Stay Apart

While the COVID-19 pandemic runs its course, Drexel continues to innovate and promote research, scholarship and well-being.

Drexel Named Philadelphia’s First Age-Friendly University

Drexel University joins the worldwide network of Age Friendly Universities focused on creating diverse, inclusive campuses for all ages.

The Dragons who volunteered at Drexel's 46th Alumni Turkey Project.

Drexel’s Annual Holiday Charity Drives Benefit Communities Near and Far

To close out the holiday season of 2019, several departments and offices within the University held food, toy and goods drives to benefit local communities and military members overseas.

Members and partners in the SLAMS/Powel facility initiative break ground

Drexel and School District of Philadelphia Break Ground on Facility for K-8 Public Schools in West Philadelphia

Drexel University and The School District of Philadelphia held a ceremonial groundbreaking today for a building that will house two public schools in West Philadelphia. The School District of Philadelphia will lease the building from Drexel and the facility will house both the Samuel Powel Elementary School, currently at 36th Street and Powelton Avenue, and the Science Leadership Academy Middle School, which opened in 2016 at Drexel's Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships and recently moved into a space at 3600 Market Street.

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Wednesdays at the Kline are now hosted weekly at the Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy in Center City in order for members of the Philadelphia community to gather, listen and exchange ideas and perspectives regarding current events and issues.

Wednesdays at Kline Bring Civil Discourse to Drexel, Philadelphia Communities

Drexel University’s Pennoni Honors College and Thomas R. Kline School of Law have partnered to promote discussions of hot-button issues amongst diverse people and perspectives in Center City. 

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Philly Community Groups Face Significant Barriers to Creating Public Amenities Like Parklets and Pedestrian Plazas

Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation today released Catalyzing Community Capacity: How Philadelphia Can Create Equitable Right-of-Way Stewardship, a report on how to improve the city’s current processes for communities to create parklets, pedestrian plazas and bike corrals.

Participants worked with Bitamie Lucia International School students as part of the civic engagement workshop that Drexel staff helped host in Cameroon.

Trip to Cameroon Builds on Drexel’s Mandela Washington Fellowship Ties

After first working in Cameroon as a Drexel student, Adam Zahn, associate director of global engagement and strategic initiatives in the Office of Global Engagement and Education Abroad, wrote about his recent visit to the African country to promote civic engagement opportunities.

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Heard Around Campus — August

This month’s installments offers information about the end of the 2018–2019 academic year and how employees can sign up for the Supervisory Certificate Program, Peer Ambassador Program and the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentorship program.

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Since 2013, Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics has brought students and local professionals from diverse backgrounds together for a premiere hackathon focused on solving real-world problems.

Hacking For Good: Philly Codefest Unites Techies to Compete With Social Good Projects

Since 2013, Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics has brought students and local professionals from diverse backgrounds together for a premiere hackathon focused on solving real-world problems. This year, Philly Codefest sets its sights on ending economic inequality.

Drexel’s Vice President for Cooperative Education and Career Development Ian Sladen, at the podium, addressed local high school students and shared the stage with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro; Superintendent for the School District of Philadelphia William R. Hite, Jr., EdD; and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.

Drexel University Kicks off Career Week With the Pennsylvania Attorney General and School District of Philadelphia

On March 25, the University hosted over 200 Philadelphia high school students for the first-ever Career Week hosted by the Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and The School District of Philadelphia.

A cohort of students taking part in Alternative Spring Break at Drexel University.

Drexel Spring Break: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Decide to stick around campus this spring break? There are plenty of local events to take part in during this reprieve from classes, and next year, look toward these Drexel-supported programs to travel, learn and grow!

Drexel faculty and staff posed with members from community organizations at the Holiday Toy Drive's ceremony on Dec. 19.

Drexel Ends 2018 With Annual Holiday Charity Drives

Drexel University continued its holiday traditions of organizing charity drives to spread cheer to active military and community children.

Drexel alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends helped distribute the turkeys and side dishes on the Univesity City Campus on Dec. 13.

Drexel Celebrates 45 Years of Annual Turkey Project

Since 1973, Drexel Alumni has organized charitable donations of holiday turkeys to gift to local families. And the organization is still continuing, and innovating, this longstanding tradition.

A group of students, teachers and family members pose for pictures at the Dec. 8 event at Drexel's ExCITe Center.

West Philadelphia Kids Become Philly Scientists With Drexel Biodiversity Project

A project led by the School of Education helped children from schools in Mantua, Powelton and West Philadelphia learn more about the biodiversity of their neighborhoods.

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Philadelphia Fellowship on Inclusion and Equity Awarded to Renowned Urbanist Richard Florida

New collaborative initiative by Drexel, Jefferson and the Science Center fosters groundbreaking research on inclusion and equity in Philadelphia.

These Drexel Dragons volunteered at Share earlier this year.

How to Be More Civically Engaged This November and December

The Lindy Center for Civic Engagement has several opportunities for faculty and staff to give back to the community this holiday season.