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Online Hearings

The Initiative includes a series of virtual hearings to receive input from members of the Penn and West Philadelphia communities. Invited participants describe their experiences with the University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety and offer their ideas and suggestions on ways to achieve the common vision of providing an environment in which every member of the Penn community can feel physically and emotionally safe, and experience a sense of equal belonging. The hearings will be made publicly available via livestream and recorded for future public access.

 

 

Hearing 1: Thursday, August 13, 2020, 2 pm EDT

 

 

Panelists:
Maureen Rush

Vice President for Public Safety

Superintendent, Penn Police

Opening Statement

 

Dennis Culhane

Dana and Andrew Stone Chair in Social Policy

Chair, Division of Public Safety Advisory Board

 
Benoit Dubé

Associate Provost and Chief Wellness Officer

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

 
Regina Austin

William A. Schnader Professor of Law

Opening Statement

 

Haley Pilgrim

Ph.D. Student, Sociology

2018-2019 President, Graduate and Professional Student Assembly

Opening Statement

 

Kaitlin Best

Postdoctoral Fellow, Perelman School of Medicine

Opening Statement

 

 

 

 

Hearing 2: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 2 pm EDT

 

 

Panelists:
Rick Krajewski

Organizer, Mass Liberation

Democratic Nominee for State Representative, 188th District

 
Jessica Gooding

Student, College of Arts and Sciences

Secretary, Terrance Lewis Liberation Foundation

Opening Statement

 

Amelia Carter Assistant Director, South Asia Center  
Jeffrey Rowland Executive Director for Staff and Labor Relations, Division of Human Resources  
Michael Belisairo Captain, Commanding Officer – Patrol Operations, Penn Police Department  
Nickol Taylor Patrol Officer, Penn Police Department  
Louis Petrecco Director, Security Services, Division of Public Safety  

 

 

 

 

Hearing 3: Thursday, August 20, 2020, 2 pm EDT

 

 

Panelists:
Margaret Livingston President, Walnut Hill Community Association

Opening Statement

Evan Johnstone President, Spruce Hill Community Association  
Renee McBride Williams  President, Cedar Park Neighbors  
Andra Laidacker President, Garden Court Community Association  
Ira Harkavy

Associate Vice President

Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Opening Statement

 

Glenn Bryan  Assistant Vice President of Community Relations, Office of Government and Community Affairs  
Richard Gordon IV Principal, Paul Robeson High School  
James Wright Director, Community, Economic, and Real Estate Development, People’s Emergency Center  

 

 

 

 

Hearing 4: Thursday, August 27, 2020, 2 pm EDT

 

 

Panelists:
Tamara Greenfield King

Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Division of the Vice Provost for University Life

 
Sharon Smith

Associate Vice Provost for University Life, Division of the Vice Provost for University Life

Opening Statement

Sara Bachman Dean, School of Social Policy and Practice

 

Greg Ridgeway

Chair, Department of Criminology

Professor of Criminology and Statistics

 
David Rudovsky 

Senior Fellow, Penn Carey Law School

Founding Partner, Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin, LLP

 
David Abrams Professor of Law, Business Economics, and Public Policy Opening Statement

 

 

 

 

Hearing 5: Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 2 pm EDT

 

 

Panelists:
William Gipson Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Access, Division of the Vice Provost for University Life

 

Valerie Dorsey Allen Director, African-American Resource Center

Opening Statement

 

Michal Saraf Senior Clinical Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

Opening Statement

 

Batsirai Bvunzawabaya

Director of Outreach and Prevention, Counseling and Psychological Services

 

 

 

 

Hearing 6: Thursday, September 10, 2020, 2 pm EDT

 

 

Panelists:
Eric Furda Dean of Admissions  
Karen Hamilton Senior Associate Director of Stewardship, Wharton External Affairs

Opening Statement

 

Mamta Motwani Accapadi Vice Provost for University Life  
John MacDonald Professor of Criminology and Sociology  
Tukufu Zuberi

Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies

Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations

 

 

 

 

Hearing 7: Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 2 pm EDT

 

Panelists:
Jason Andrechak Director of Equity and Access, Graduate and Professional Student Assembly  
Kristen Ukeomah

B.A. Candidate, Health & Societies

2019-2020 Representative, College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Assembly

 

Victoria Sanchez

J.D. Candidate, Law

M.S. Candidate, Nonprofit Leadership

 

Lei Brutus President, Black Law Students Association

 

 

 

 

Hearing 8: Thursday, September 17, 2020, 2 pm EDT

 

Panelists:
Mckayla Warwick Co-Founder, Collective Climb  
Kathleen Anderson Executive Director of Operations and Chief of Staff, Division of Public Safety  
Natalie Zamora Co-Chair, Latin American Graduate and Professional Student Assembly  
Tatiana Johnson 2019-2020 External Affairs Chair, Beyond Arrests: Re-Thinking Systematic Oppression  
Carson Eckhard Chair External, Student Committee on Undergraduate Education