Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change

African-American Resource Center January 16 through February 03, 2023 | Various Locations

From the website:

Each year, during the month of January, the University of Pennsylvania and our surrounding communities come together to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The commemoration reminds us of our interdependence and reaffirms our commitment to the betterment of our communities through civility and service.

Opening our doors to embrace programming and visitors dedicated to realizing Dr. King’s vision transforms the campus. Sharing our strengths and diversity as we commemorate Dr. King has an impact that can be felt across both the University of Pennsylvania’s campus and the Philadelphia community as a whole.

MLK Symposium 2023
University of Pennsylvania
African-American Resource Center

For the full list of MLK Symposium Events running from January 16 through February 03, 2023, visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bNEUmHDs24o7cioYS5G-SRKATQJKIi4w/view

“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Congratulations to the Women of Color At Penn 2023 Awardees

Congratulations to the 2023 WOCAP Awardees!
Undergraduate: Mya Gordon, C’24
Graduate: Kyabeth Torres, PhD Candidate
Faculty/Staff: Sharon Irving, Nursing
Community: Shelah Harper
Helen O. Dickens: Dr. Diane Waff, GSE
Joann Mitchell Outstanding Legacy: Dr. Valerie Dorsey Allen, SP2

Annually, awards are given in up to six categories: Helen O. Dickens, Joann Mitchell Outstanding Legacy, faculty/staff, graduate and/or professional student, undergraduate student, and community member. Award criteria and details can be found at the Women of Color Awards website: https://aarc.upenn.edu/women-color/women-color-awards

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Free online course: Benjamin Franklin and His World

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FREE online course
Benjamin Franklin and His World
Explore the life of one of the United States’s most important historical figures.

Course topics:
* Franklin’s early life growing up in the American colonies, rising from having little formal education to a man who could retire in his 40s.
* Career as a polymath who did everything from printing and writing to science and inventing to politics and diplomacy.
* Role in the American Revolution and the founding of the United States.
* Moral issues that complicate Franklin’s legacy.

Taught by Professor Ezekiel Emanuel of the University of Pennsylvania and includes interviews with preeminent scholars:
– Emma Hart, PhD, Professor of History and Co-Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, UPenn
– Patrick Spero, PhD, Director of the American Philosophical Society’s Library & Museum in Philadelphia
– Daniel Yoshor, MD, Chair of Neurosurgery, UPenn
– Emma Lapsansky-Werner, PhD, Professor Emeritus of History, Haverford College

Access the course at coursera.org/learn/benjamin-franklin-and-his-world or use the QR code in the image above.

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Take a class in Bioethics!

For those who want to use their tuition benefit in a (bio)ethical way, please consider taking a course in bioethics! Spring course listings are below:

BIOE 6020 – 4010/4020 – Foundations of Bioethics
Instructor: Autumn Fiester
Time: Tuesdays OR Thursdays, Jan 12 – Apr 25, 5:15p – 7:30p
Location: BRB 252, Biomedical Research Bldg II/III, 421 Curie Blvd In this course, students examine the two moral frameworks – deontology and consequentialism – that individuals use to make decisions about right and wrong both in their personal life and in their professional life. These two moral frameworks provide the foundation for bioethical analysis. Understanding these two moral frameworks not only enables one to understand one’s own moral perspective, but also provides the tools to be able to understand ethical arguments made by others. The theory of deontology and consequentialism are supplemented by applications of these frameworks in the bioethical literature. Additionally, students are introduced to the three theoretical contributions to moral analysis created internally in the field of bioethics: casuistry; narrative theory, and principlism.

BIOE 5540 – Bioethics and the Law
Instructor: Holly Fernandez Lynch
Time: Wednesdays, Jan 18 – Apr 26, 5:15p – 7:30p
Location: BRB 251, Biomedical Research Bldg II/III, 421 Curie Blvd
This course will present a broad survey of topics at the intersection of law and bioethics. Much of bioethics deals with topics of public policy, and law is the tool of policy. Areas to be covered will range from an overview of American law making to enforcement mechanisms, topics including FDA regulations, state interventions into beginning and end of life issues, privacy, malpractice, healthcare reform, and international issues, including those related to innovation and access to medicines.

BIOE 5600 – Pediatric Ethics
Instructor: Steven Joffe and Jennifer Walter
Time: Mondays, Jan 11 – Apr 24, 5:15p – 7:30p
Location: BRB 251, Biomedical Research Bldg II/III, 421 Curie Blvd
In this course, we will explore the history, conceptual frameworks, and landmark debates of bioethics related to children. We will examine common ethical challenges (e.g., transplantation, critical illness, end of life) when the patient is a child. We will also examine issues unique to children, such as newborn screening, consent vs. assent, the rights and responsibilities of parents, and the role of the courts and the state. We will draw upon theories from moral philosophy, clinical cases, and seminal legal decisions to demonstrate the breadth and complexity of pediatric ethics.

BIOE 5900 – Ethics in Mental Healthcare
Instructor: Dominic Sisti
Time: Tuesdays, Jan 17 – Apr 25, 5:15p – 7:30p
Location: BLOC 1311, Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive Mental healthcare—which includes, but is not limited to, psychiatry, psychology, and clinical social work—is an especially ethically fraught subdiscipline of the larger medical enterprise. Issues range from garden-variety problems related to informed consent, patient capacity, and clinical professionalism to novel issues related to involuntary treatment, research on mentally ill persons, racism in psychiatry, and nosological categories. This course will present a survey of these ethical issues by first introducing foundational concepts from ethical theory and the philosophy of psychiatry. Students will be expected to become conversant in several bioethical approaches and methods and be able to use them to critically examine both historical and contemporary questions in mental healthcare and research.

BIOE 5530 – Medicine on the Fringes: the Ethics of Alternative, Experimental, and Do-It-Yourself Treatments
Instructor: Anna Wexler
Time: Thursdays, Jan 12 – Apr 20, 5:15p – 7:30p
Location: BLOC 1311, Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive Much bioethics literature focuses on issues in mainstream, established medicine — but what are the ethics of therapies, treatments and techniques utilized outside of common practice? This course begins with a historical exploration of “quack medicine” and medical professionalization. We then explore ethical and regulatory issues regarding complementary and alternative medicine, as well as the ethics of providing experimental, off-label, and placebo treatments. Finally, we will examine how individuals are accessing therapeutic techniques outside of the physician’s office, via do-it-yourself medical movements, direct-to-consumer health technologies, and medical tourism.

BIOE 5450/5470 – MEDIATION INTENSIVE I/III
Instructors: Edward Bergman and Autumn Fiester
Time: Friday, January 13 – Monday, January 16, 9am – 5pm
Location: Blockley Hall, 14th Floor, 423 Guardian Dr. Given the emotionally charged nature of bedside conflicts, interactions among the stakeholders in ethical and clinical disputes can sometimes turn hostile or acrimonious, making it impossible to have constructive dialogue. Conventional clinical and ethics training often fails to teach providers how to de-escalate conflicts that have become heated and intense. In this hands-on workshop, we will learn the skills of clinical conflict management. Students will
-Learn how to navigate and improve challenging clinical relationships (patient-provider, family-provider, inter-staff conflicts)
-Learn the techniques of facilitation among a diverse set of stakeholders
-Learn to effectively manage clinical disputes among and between caregivers, patients and surrogates through mediation
-Discover to how to define problems and assess underlying interests to generate mutually acceptable options
-Role-play in variety of clinical situations as both disputants and mediators
-Practice mediation with professional actors
-Use video-tapes of simulations to improve mediation techniques and strengthen interpersonal skills
-Receive constructive feedback in a supportive environment

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PennTransit Mobile

PennTransit Mobile has replaced the PennRides on Request app, and offers several enhancements to riders’ current experience, including improved arrival estimates, the ability to see fixed-route and on-demand options in one screen, integration of bike sharing and walking options, and commonly requested points of interest.

PennTransit Mobile is currently available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play. 

To learn more about PennTransit Mobile, please visit the Transportation and Parking website

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Penn Transit’s New Electric Vehicles

Penn Transit is pleased to announce the inclusion of the first full-size electric vehicles to its fleet.

Four new vans will primarily accommodate the following transit routes: On-Request Evening Shuttles, Penn Accessible Transit, A.M. Medical Service Shuttle, FMC Shuttle, and Pennovation Works Shuttle.  Read more.

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Penn Children’s Center Availability

Did You Know?

Childcare options are conveniently available on campus at Penn Children’s Center for members of the University community. The accredited early education and childcare facility offers flexible options for individuals with needs ranging from 2 – 5 days of care. Immediate openings are available in our preschool program for children ages 3 to 5.  Additionally, since schoolroom capacity has returned to normal, the Center is accepting waitlist reservations for the Infant, Younger Toddler, and Older Toddler programs for children ages three months – thirty-six months. Penn Children’s Center also offers drop-in care, which is available as space permits. and welcomes all members of the University and surrounding communities.  For more information about the Children’s Center or to request a tour of the facility, please contact Business Manager Tamara Alizzi

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Penn Service Assists Staff with Student Loan Debt

Student loan debt has increased significantly over the past decade and has climbed to more than $1.7 trillion. Penn understands that many staff and faculty have been burdened with repayment, creating strains on your mental and financial health. That’s why the University has partnered with PeopleJoy, a financial wellness benefits organization that specializes in student loan repayment and forgiveness, to help you take charge of your student loan debt and get the support you need.  

At this time, Penn is offering employees a free service administered by PeopleJoy. They will help you determine your eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, assist you with navigating the application process, and advocate on your behalf with student loan providers. Participating employees will receive: 

  • Program assessments: Get help to identify the best federal repayment programs based on your individual financial situation.
  • Program enrollment: PeopleJoy will enroll you in the repayment programs, removing confusing paperwork and worries of missing enrollment or annual recertification deadlines.
  • Goals-based coaching: Receive repayment planning advice and coaching based on your short- and long-term budget, income projections, and financial health. Regular check-in calls are also available.
  • College financial planning: This includes one-on-one time with an advisor, evaluation of best college financing options, and other resources. 

PeopleJoy has assisted thousands of employees with qualifying for PSLF and helped borrowers receive nearly $3 million in loan forgiveness in 2022.

If you have outstanding student loans and would like to use this free service, please visit the PeopleJoy platform at upenn.peoplejoy.com.You will need your work email address, Penn ID, and information about your student loans. Once you’ve filled in the required information, a member of the PeopleJoy support team will contact you via email to request additional information if needed, activate the service and identify next steps, or notify you if they are unable to assist you.

For more information, you can register for one of the following webinars:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session.

If you have more questions about Public Student Loan Forgiveness, please review the PSLF FAQs. You can also visit the PeopleJoy webpage on the HR website.

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Be in the Know returns for wellness in 2022-2023

On-campus Biometric Screenings to Return in the Fall! Following the successful return to our vibrant campus, Penn renews its commitment to the importance of completing a biometric screening. For the 2022-2023 Be in the Know campaign year, you must complete a biometric screening to receive any of your earned rewards.

Learn more here: https://www.hr.upenn.edu/PennHR/wellness-worklife/be-in-the-know

Or, check out this recent Penn Today article about the return of biometric screenings.

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Top 3 Reasons to Bike Penn! Video from Penn Sustainability

Penn’s Bicycle Commuter Reimbursement Program for eligible staff and faculty: In this video, learn how, for benefits-eligible staff and faculty, commuting by bike to Penn can benefit your health, your wallet, and the environment. On YouTube: https://youtu.be/l438Wr92qBo

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