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Society & Culture

Nicole Kalitsi did her second co-op as the diversity, equity and inclusion coordinator for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, which made her realize how much she valued working directly with people on worthy causes.

Finding Focus Through a Drexel Non-Profit Co-op

Nicole Kalitsi was tasked with pioneering a new role during her co-op with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Supported by Drexel University’s Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships, this experience helped the fourth-year global studies student zero in on her future career goals.
Leaders from Penn Medicine, Drexel University, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Orchestra at an event announcing the Philadelphia Cultural Pass Program

Drexel and Penn Medicine to Pilot New Program Uniting Major Employers and Cultural Institutions

Drexel University and Penn Medicine will join to launch the Philadelphia Cultural Pass pilot grant program, an effort to support vital arts and cultural institutions in the city, offer valuable new opportunities for staff, and attract top talent to the region. The Philadelphia Cultural Pass program will provide a fresh pathway to introduce employees and their families to internationally renowned arts institutions and the concerts, exhibits, and performances that have put Philadelphia on the map as a pre-eminent hub for the arts. The pilot program also aims to broaden the reach of these institutions to more people that work and live around Philadelphia, and to build a community of ambassadors who are active participants in the region’s cultural economy.

“An Evening with Tarana Burke” brought together survivors and allies, as well as campus resources and organizations, in Mitchell Auditorium to get to know Burke as more than just a face of a movement.

‘Me too.’ Movement Founder Gets Real During On-Campus Event

Tarana Burke held little back while explaining her background, her work and her hardships to a captive audience of Drexel University students, faculty and staff.
As part of the Campus Activities Board’s annual culture and discovery program, Tarana Burke will address Drexel University students, faculty and staff.

Drexel to Welcome ‘me too.’ Movement Founder Tarana Burke

As part of the Campus Activities Board’s annual culture and discovery program, Burke will address Drexel students, faculty and staff as well as take part in both a moderated and an audience Q&A.
Woman helping young man fill bucket at sink

For Youth with Autism, Where You Live Matters: Study of Vocational Rehabilitation Services Across States

Youth with autism often have difficulty finding and keeping employment, making Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services, like job placement, essential. New research from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute found Vocational Rehabilitation services across states vary dramatically leaving some young adults without support.

"Dragon's Breath" pints in the freezer at the Franklin Ice Cream Bar. Photo credit: The Franklin Fountain.

Drexel Ice Cream Now Available at Franklin Fountain

The student-designed “Dragon’s Breath” ice cream flavor will now be available for purchase at the Old City ice cream parlor.
David Florio '06 is surrounded by rowing history in the Button, where he has lived as the caretaker for five years. Photos by Charles Shan Cerrone.

Employee Spotlight: David Florio, the Assistant Crew Coach Living in Boathouse Row History

Assistant Crew Coach David Florio lives in the social club house of the Bachelors Barge Club that Drexel University rows out of.
The Center for Law, Policy, and Social Action is now a part of the Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

Kline School of Law Opens Center for Law, Policy, and Social Action

The Kline School of Law launched the Center for Law, Policy, and Social Action to help Dragons and community members become informed, effective advocates for policy innovation.
Eagles Autism Challenge logo including Drexel University

Three A.J. Drexel Autism Institute Research Projects Funded by Eagles Autism Challenge

On World Autism Day (April 2) the Eagles Autism Challenge announced eight projects to be funded after being evaluated by an independent scientific advisory board comprised of top autism researchers. Of the eight total projects funded, three will be led by researchers from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute.
Drexel University student Zaarah Abdul-Aziz on set to compete on "Wheel of Fortune." Photo Credit: Carol Kaelson.

What’s it Like to Go on ‘Wheel of Fortune?’ One Drexel Student Explains All

Drexel student Zaarah Abdul-Aziz recently appeared on the show on a March 20 episode during its special “College Week Spring Break” programming.
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.
band members of Nat Turner Rebellion

50 Years After It Was Recorded, Drexel's Student Record Label Helps Philly Band Release Its Album

Nat Turner Rebellion was an up-and-coming band in the golden age of Philadelphia soul music. They opened for the chart-topping Delfonics. They had a hit-making agent, signed with a renowned record label and recorded enough tracks for an album. Then it all fell apart. Now, some 50 years later, the un-released album will be making its debut on Drexel University’s student-run MAD Dragon Records label.

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!