PHILADELPHIA — Toilets may not make for a glamorous subject, but they’re critical to global health. On Monday, Nov. 19, students from the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative, will be drawing attention to their importance by recognizing World Toilet Day.
Around 1979, when Ira Harkavy was finishing his Ph.D. at Penn, his mentor in the history department, Lee Benson, delivered an address that called for practitioners in communities to work together with academics.
Applying to colleges is a hard enough task, but it was made even more difficult for Diana Gonimah when the political turmoil of Arab Spring in her home country, Egypt, briefly shut down communication with the outside world. Her high school closed for 20 days and she was barely able to call admissions officers in the U.S. to say, “Sorry, I can’t send my transcript for another month.”
As many of our neighbors in New Jersey and New York continue to struggle in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the University of Pennsylvania’s faculty, staff and students have undertaken a number of efforts within their respective units to support the victims of this terrible natural disaster.
The Penn community should be aware that several organizations are actively supporting those whose lives have been upended by the storm and are accepting donations from those who want to help:
Compared to the rest of the United States, Philadelphia’s civic life is very healthy.
Cindy Nicoletti, a 2011 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, is one of those lucky people who has known since childhood what she wanted to do with her life.
“I always wanted to be a teacher,” she says. “That was my main focus, ever since second grade.”
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.