Penn Conference Celebrates Partnerships That Strengthen Neighborhoods

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Media Contact:Julie S. McWilliams | | 215-898-1422November 8, 2012


A two-day international conference titled "The Role of Higher Education-Community-School Partnerships in Creating Democratic Communities Locally, Nationally and Globally” will celebrate the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships’ 20 years of work with its West Philadelphia neighbors.


More than 500 participants will hear from presidents, senior administrators and faculty from 33 higher-education institutions, as well as leaders from national and international organizations. The speakers include Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, who will deliver the keynote address at the 4 p.m. general session.
WHEN:    Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 12-13

WHERE:    Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St., Philadelphia


Plenary topics include:
•    Presidential Perspectives on Higher Education-Community-School Partnerships
•    International Perspectives on Higher Education-Community -School Partnerships

Panel topics include:  
•    Education, Citizenship and Democracy
•    Poverty, Race and Youth
•    Community Economic Development
•    Nutrition and Health Promotion
•    Advancing Civic Learning
•    College Access and Retention
•    Community Health Partnerships
•    Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
•    The Role of Anchor Institutions in Community Building
•    University-assisted Community Schools around the Country
•    Community Engagement Through Arts and Culture
•    Evaluation of Higher Education-Community-School Partnerships

Reporters and videographers are invited to cover all sessions.

Additional information, including times and locations for the sessions listed above, is available here.