Penn has a total regular work force of more than 34,000 employees, making the University the largest private employer in Philadelphia. The Penn Professional Staff Assembly and Weekly-Paid Professional Staff Assembly provide employees with forums to engage in dialogue about University issues and have a voice in University affairs.
The Penn Restorative Entrepreneurship Program is an outreach effort led Charlotte Ren, a visiting professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice and a senior fellow at Wharton, that is designed to help formerly incarcerated individuals become socially responsible entrepreneurs.
A key group of researchers at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine are focused on a rare disease called Niemann-Pick type C (NPC). NPC affects just one person in 150,000 and is sometimes referred to as “childhood Alzheimer’s” because of the progressive mental and physical decline seen in the children it afflicts.
With Pennovation Works (formerly referred to as the South Bank), a 23-acre parcel of land along the southern bank of the Schuylkill River, Penn hopes to draw a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. The site will house the Pennovation Center, a 58,000-square-foot, three-story facility that will serve as the University’s hub for innovation, research, and entrepreneurialism.