Office of Social Equity & Community

University of Pennsylvania


The Office of Social Equity & Community at the University of Pennsylvania is committed to identifying opportunities for connection and progress in the three pillars of Penn’s ongoing mission – inclusion, innovation, and impact – while also celebrating work that is already underway through the heads, hearts, and hands of the many dedicated people who bring Penn to life.

From Penn Today: “As Vice President for Social Equity and Community, [Chaz] Howard will lead programs and initiatives that promote and support communication, collaboration, research, and innovative programming within the Penn community that deepen awareness and help to advance the University’s mission of fostering social equity, diversity, and inclusion. He will focus especially on bringing diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff together to build out and support the University’s culture of inclusive understanding and social impact while also working to help overcome historical and structural barriers to advancing that mission.”


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The Office of Social Equity & Community is pleased to announce the launch of Penn Projects for Progress, a fund and initiative established by President Amy Gutmann. The fund will support proposals designed to promote inclusion by focusing on one or more of the following:

  • Eradicating or reducing systemic racism
  • Achieving educational equity
  • Reducing health disparities based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and/or social determinants of health

Projects must demonstrate how they will make a direct impact in Philadelphia, whether at Penn in particular or more broadly anywhere in the city. The projects will be conceived by teams of Penn students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional), staff, and faculty – learn more here and see our FAQ for details on eligibility.

The application deadline has passed. Announcement of recipients tentatively scheduled for mid-May 2021.