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Diversi-teas @ Penn Libraries

Join us for tea, cookies, and conversation with campus leaders!   

Tuesdays @ 12-1 pm in the Meyerson Conference Room, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

Registration appreciated but not required.



Spring 2019 Diversi-teas

REGISTER Feb. 5, 2019 @ 12pm: Book A Day Initiative with Sibylla Benatova. A Book a Day is a Van Pelt initiative that collaborates with the community in West Philly. Its goal is to provide newly published books for two of the public schools in the neighborhood. The program has been running since 2014 and has donated over 500 books to each school. Find out more at the A Book A Day blog.
REGISTER Apr. 2, 2019 @ 12pm: PennKIPP with Keisha Johnson. KIPP – the Knowledge Is Power Program – is a national network of open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.  KIPP was founded in Houston in 1994 and has grown to 109 schools serving more than 33,000 students in 20 states and Washington, D.C. Penn began its partnership with KIPP in 2012. It is the first Ivy League institution and the 10th higher ed institution to work with KIPP. Come find out more about this dynamic program.
REGISTER Apr. 9, 2019 @ 12pm: Penn Violence Prevention with Jessica Mertz. PVP engages the Penn community in the prevention of sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment on campus. It fosters collaborative relationships across campus to ensure a survivor-centered, multi-faceted approach to support services and primary prevention. Through collective community action, PVP is committed to ending interpersonal violence by addressing gender inequity, social injustice, and oppression through outreach and education.


Previously held:

. Nov. 27, 2018 @ 12-1 with Ben Ototivo (Staff Psychologist- Specialty: Multicultural Counseling, Racial and Ethnic Identity Development, CAPS-Counseling & Psychological Services), and Toyce Holmes (Upward Bound Program Counselor, Equity and Access Program) on Native American Initiatives at Penn

. Nov. 13, 2018 @ 12-1 with Joe Schaffner, Alice McGrath, and Meaghan Moody, Penn Libraries' Accessibility and Learning Technologies (ALT) Group

. Oct. 9, 2018 @ 12-1 with Ellyn Jameson and Mariel Mussack, Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project (PLIR)

. Sept. 25, 2018 @ 12-1 with Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (Asst. Prof., Graduate School of Education, Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division) on Children's Literature and Diversity

. Sept. 4, 2018 @ 12-1pm with Emily Daenzer and Sarah Smith, Co-Directors, Civil Rights Law Project (CRLP)

. Apr. 17, 2018 @ 12-1pm with Pete Freudenberger, Outreach Manager & Clinician, Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Penn

. Apr. 3, 2018 @ 12-1pm with Glenn Bryan, Assistant Vice President of Community Relations, Office of Government and Community Affairs

. May 27, 2018 @ 12-1pm with Emily Morton-Owens, Assistant University Librarian, Digital Library Development & Systems on the challenges women face working in the technology sector

Nov. 7, 2017 @ 12-1pm with Miru Osuga, Political Chair of the United Minorities Council (UMC)

. Oct. 24, 2017 @ 12-1pm with the  Family Center at Penn, a hub for information, resources, activities, and advocacy for students and post-docs with children

. Oct. 17, 2017 @ 12-1pm with Penn First, a Penn student organization dedicated to creating a campus community for first-generation, low-income students through social events, workshops, and advocacy

. Sept. 26, 2017 @ 12-1pm with Katie Hanlon Bonner, Executive Director of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) on how Open Expression is supported on campus

. Sept. 19, 2017 @ 12-1pm with Dr. Holly Link, Co-Instructor of the Programs for Awareness in Cultural Education (PACE) and Director of Educational Programming, Centro de Cultura, Arte, Trabajo & Educacion (CCATE) along with leadership from the Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC)

. Apr. 25, 2017 @ 12-1pm with Amanpreet "Aman" Kaur (Penn Libraries' Eugene Garfield Resident in Science Librarianship) on her Sayre Health Center (West Philadelphia) capstone project and her collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia

. Mar. 28, 2017 @ 12-1pm with Rev. Dr. Chaz Howard (Penn Chaplain) and representatives from the Office of the Chaplain and the Spiritual & Religious Life Center (SPARC)

. Feb. 28, 2017 @ 12-1pm with LEAP (LGBTQ Employees at Penn)

. Feb. 21, 2017 2 12-1pm with Dr. Marybeth Gasman (Director of the Center for Minority Serving Institutions)

. Feb. 7, 2017 @ 12-1pm with Dr. David Grossman (Director of Civic House)

. Jan. 31, 2017 @ 10-11am with Dr. Fariha Khan (Associate Director of Penn's Department of Asian American Studies) on "Muslim Americans, Muslim American Women, and Civil Rights"

. Nov. 29, 2016 @ 12-1pm with Ira Harkavy, Director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships 

. Nov. 15, 2016 @ 12-1pm with Valerie De Cruz, Director of the Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) and Isaac Silber, FGLI Program Coordinator on the First-Generation, Low-Income Program (FGLI)

. Nov. 1, 2016 @ 12-1pm with Diane Sandefur, Director of Penn's TRIO Veterans Upward Bound Program (VUB)

. Oct. 18, 2016 @ 12-1pm with Rashmi Kumar, Specialist in STEM Learning, Weingarten Learning Resources Center (WLRC) on "Modeling Transitions: First Generation Students"

. Oct. 11, 2016 @ 12-1pm with Litty Paxton, Director of the Penn Women's Center (PWC)

. Oct. 4, 2016 @ 12-1pm with Valerie Dorsey Allen, Director of AARC (African American Resource Center)

. Tues., May 3, 2016 @ 4-5pm with Valerie De Cruz, Director of the GIC (Greenfield Intercultural Center)

. Tues., Apr. 26, 2016 @ 4-5pm with Bob Schoenberg, Director of the LGBT Center (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) with colleagues Erin Cross and Rebecca Schept

. Tues., Feb. 9, 2016 @ 4-5pm with Peter Van Do, Director of the PAACH (Pan-Asian American Community House)

. Tues., Feb. 23, 2016 @ 4-5pm with Brian Peterson, Director of Makuu

. Fri., Mar. 11, 2016 @ 10am-12pm on Microaggressions with Molly McGlone, Asst. Dean for Advising-College House and Nathaniel Amos, Clinical Social Worker-CAPS

. Tues., Mar. 15, 2016 @ 4-5pm with Johnny Irizarry, Director of La Casa Latina (Center for Hispanic Excellence)

GOLD Staff Potluck - August 6, 2015

GOLD Picnic 2015

GOLD Open House February 6, 2015

Catrice and Rebecca

Catrice and Rebecca

Exploring Identity - February 18, 2015

A workshop presented by Molly McGlone (Asst. Dean for Advising, College of Arts and Sciences) and Nathaniel Amos (Clinical Social Worker, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)); facilitated by Anu Vedantham (Director, Weigle Information Commons). Understanding perceptions of ourselves and each other; exploration of microaggressions; discussion of respectful communication techniques.

GOLD Presentation Slides

June 24 Visit of Bengali Schools students to Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

I would like to share the news about the visit of students from Bengali Schools in the Greater Philadelphia area to Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center on Saturday, June 24, 2017. This is the second time that the event was hosted by the South Asia Library. The visit was immensely successful.

For the students, it was opening up a world of knowledge and learning with fun. The parents (and grandparents) were very impressed with the children's collections in the Bengali language (audio, visual and print) that we hold here. It was a Saturday well spent with access to resources in the language they are learning.

The 50 guests included 24 students from 4 Bengali Schools of Pennsylvania and Delaware.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all those who were involved with this event. Ancil George and his student workers Beatrice and Dory for welcoming the guests and showing the way, Dot Porter for her assistance with the tools on the 6th floor (the storybook reading session was a hit!), Vickie Karasic, Jaime Estrada, Julianna Pakstis, David Toccafondi, Patricia Guardiola, Catrice Barrett, Ya, Will Hodgson and Wes Martin for their assistance and input with the digital session (the excitement of the kids was something to see!), Patty Gilson and Catherine Rutan for their prompt help with the borrowing of audio and visual resources on display and Aleta Arthurs for the refreshments.

It was a pleasure collaborating with you all. Thank you very much for your help and support!

With best regards,

South Asia Library

View exciting photos from the event here

Here is a sample!

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Lea School Visits

Penn Libraries Treasure Hunt with Lea School 5th Graders
Read about it in Penn's Almanac

Lea School Fifth Graders Kislak