PennCOMPACT2022

INCLUSION

Access to high-quality higher education is the
single greatest gateway to economic opportunity.

Amy Gutmann

Inclusion

The Penn Compact 2022 affirms inclusion as a means toward the essential ends of higher education: equalizing opportunity, educating leaders for all sectors of society, and enriching the experience of all members of the University community.

The cornerstone of Penn’s initiative to increase access for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds is its grant-based financial aid program. Since 2004, the University has awarded $2 billion in undergraduate aid to more than 22,000 students. Forty-six percent of undergraduate students received grant-based financial aid in 2018-19, with an average package of $54,301.

The Power of Penn Campaign is expanding Penn’s robust undergraduate grant-based financial aid program and growing graduate and professional student aid to minimize the burden of debt. Penn is building spaces like the New College House West that unite people with common interests under one roof, and empower first-generation college students to achieve their full potential through the Penn First Plus initiative.

At Penn, one in seven freshmen is a first-generation college student; in 2006, that number was one in 20. As a first-generation college graduate myself, my greatest passion is creating opportunities for outstanding students to aim higher than they ever dreamed.

Penn President Amy Gutmann

Penn’s ongoing commitment to expand access and increase diversity extends to international students, through programs such as Penn World Scholars, as well as millions of learners who will never step foot on Penn’s campus, through the Penn Online Learning Initiative.

Dr. Amy Gutmann’s efforts to increase student diversity under the Penn Compact 2022 is equaled by a concomitant drive to increase faculty diversity. Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence outlines an extensive plan to recruit, retain, and mentor ever more distinguished and diverse faculty, and is backed by $100 million in institutional investments. Since the Action Plan was spearheaded in 2011, Penn has seen a 22 percent increase in female faculty and 46 percent increase in underrepresented minority faculty.

Signature Initiatives

At Penn, all undergraduate financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need. Penn does not offer aid based on academic or athletic merit. Penn covers demonstrated financial need with financial aid packages that consist entirely of grant funding and work study, assisting families across a wide range of the economic spectrum. This makes it possible for students from a variety of backgrounds to afford a Penn education.

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The Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence outlines initiatives that help Penn recruit and retain an ever more distinguished and diverse faculty whose composition reflects the pool of exceptional, qualified applicants nationally in all fields. The Plan’s goal is to create an inclusive community where all feel welcomed, supported, and have equal access to networks for mentoring and research.

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Penn is one of the four founding university partners of the Coursera online learning platform and partnered with the edX platform to further increase global access to Penn knowledge and resources. The Penn Online Learning Initiative has become a campus-wide effort dedicated to sharing a piece of the Penn experience with curious minds from almost every country in the world.

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The Penn World Scholars Program brings outstanding international undergraduates to Penn from a wide range of countries and backgrounds. Selected for their potential to pursue lives of impactful leadership and service, as well as their academic achievement and financial need, they receive financial support throughout their time at Penn that is consistent with the most generous awards available to undergraduates.

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Penn Compact Inclusion in the News

After 159 years, the UPenn Glee Club goes co-ed
WHYY (Philadelphia) | 2021-04-13 Penn’s Glee Club has formally merged with the Penn Sirens to create a gender-neutral singing group. “The main consideration is we can expand our repertoire,” said Glee Club President Jake Milner, a senior in the Wharton School. “We can do more musically than we currently can when we have singers with all the voice ranges.”
‘Haunted countries deserve haunted stories.’ How America’s history of racial housing discrimination inspired Amazon’s new horror series THEM
Time | 2021-04-09 Camille Z. Charles of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about how discriminatory housing practices like redlining shaped U.S. neighborhoods in the 20th century. “If you take the redlining maps that were used before the passage of fair housing legislation and overlay them on present-day maps of pretty much any major city in the U.S., and certainly any city that has any meaningful Black population, they look really similar in the sense that Blacks are still largely shut out of those neighborhoods that they were legally shut out of during that time period,” she said.
One of these NCAA Tournaments is not like the other
KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia) | 2021-03-28 Karen Weaver of the Graduate School of Education spoke about gender inequity in the NCAA. “There’s a number of inequitable decisions that have been made in addition to the ones we talked about this year that just haven't drawn the same amount of attention,” she said.
My transgender patient just wanted his acne treated. The rules he faced were dehumanizing
Philadelphia Inquirer | 2021-03-18 Jules Lipoff of the Perelman School of Medicine described the obstacles faced by trans patients seeking routine dermatological care. “In a time with increasing proposed bans to limit transgender youth’s access to school sports and gender-affirming care, it is imperative to improve our health care system to make everyone feel welcome, so that my patient and others like him cannot only reconcile their gender identities but also feel respected in doctors’ offices,” he wrote.