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About the Initiative

The University of Pennsylvania has announced a Public Safety Review and Outreach Initiative that will conduct a comprehensive review of public safety at Penn. A team of presidential advisers will undertake the review and outreach program in order to develop recommendations to present to President Amy Gutmann, Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli, and Provost Wendell Pritchett.

The goal of the review is to assess Penn’s success in creating a physically and emotionally safe environment on campus and in the surrounding community, while treating every person with dignity and respect, and in a way that prioritizes and promotes anti-racism, racial equality, and justice.

Penn’s vision for the Initiative is to seek to provide an environment in which every member of the University community can feel physically and emotionally safe, and experience a sense of equal belonging.

The presidential advisers are Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology, Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, and Professor of Africana Studies, and Charles “Chaz” Howard, Vice President for Social Equity and Community and University Chaplain. John Hollway, Associate Dean and Executive Director, and Paul Heaton, Senior Fellow and Academic Director, both of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, will also participate.