The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett.
Dear Colleagues–welcome back to Penn Nursing! This is a semester like no other. While our day-to-day operations may look different, our mission—to make a significant impact on health by advancing science, promoting equity, demonstrating practice excellence, and preparing leaders in the discipline of nursing—remains steadfast.
While Penn Nursing’s Innovating for Life and Living Campaign continues, the multi-city tour came to a close in New York City on February 11, 2020, where it highlighted the 30th anniversary of the School’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) and efforts to raise $1 million for the Center’s future. The event featured Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, and a panel discussion led by CHOPR Founder and Director, Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN.
When Antonia Villarruel PhD RN FAAN, now Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, was earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the late seventies, her classes covered the nuts and bolts of sexual health: sexual physiology and the management of STIs.
University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and her husband, Michael Doyle, have a made a $2 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Innovating for Life and Living Campaign, as part of the University’s Power of Penn Campaign. The gift, which brings the couple’s total giving to Penn to $4.5 million, will create the Gutmann Leadership Scholars Program at Penn Nursing.
Confronting the uncomfortable reality of systemic racism – the system that creates and maintains racial inequality in every facet of life for people of color – is having a national heyday. But calling out this injustice and doing something about it are two different things.
There are ways you could try to quantify the reach and influence of Penn Nursing. You could look at school rankings, which for the past five years have placed the School in the number one spot in the world. Or you could calculate the amount of research funding it’s been awarded by the National Institutes of Health.
In the wake of major social changes, public and private sector entities across the nation have taken steps to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion. Yet while college student bodies have become more racially and ethnically diverse, there is still a dearth of underrepresented minority (URM) faculty in higher education.
Penn Nursing wouldn’t let a global pandemic stop it from celebrating our graduates. The annual rite of passage – commencement – looked a little different this year due to COVID-19, but it was still special event. The graduates, their families, friends, and the Penn Nursing community, gathered online for the School’s first-ever virtual graduation on May 18, 2020. We celebrated our students’ years of dedicated studying, clinical rotations, research, papers, and exams, and welcomed another class among the ranks of the Penn Nursing Alumni.