One of the seminar’s aims is to help students develop their capacity to solve strategic, real world problems by working collaboratively in the classroom and in the West Philadelphia community. As members of research teams, students identify how Penn can help to contribute to solving universal problems (e.g., poverty, poor schooling, inadequate health care, etc.) as they are manifested in the university’s local geographic community of West Philadelphia.
Additionally, seminar students are expected to work approximately 2 hours/week at one of the Netter Center’s partner high schools (Sayre or West Philadelphia). They will be matched with juniors or seniors at the high school and work one-on-one on issues of college access, including the application process and financial aid.
Another goal of the seminar is to help students develop proposals as to how a Penn undergraduate education might better empower students to produce, not simply “consume,” societally-useful knowledge, as well as function as lifelong, active, contributing democratic citizens of a democratic society.