On Tuesday, October 9, over 300 alumni, parents, and friends attended the San Francisco Campaign Kickoff Celebration for The Power of Penn: Advancing Knowledge for Good at the San Francisco Jazz Center.
Trustee Andy Rachleff, W’80 PAR’14, introduced a short video about The Power of Penn Campaign, which illuminated the many ways this historic Campaign will Grow Inclusion, Spark Innovation, and Accelerate Impact both on campus and around the world.
The program included a continuation of the Knowledge for Good panel series, featuring faculty members Amy Hillier, Jamal J. Elias, and Nicola Mason.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF SOCIAL POLICY AND PRACTICE
The theme of Amy Hillier’s work throughout her career has been issues of geographic disparity and access to services and resources in disadvantaged communities. Her current research uses in-depth interviews and surveys to examine the experiences of transgender youth in Philadelphia public schools, trans young adults sharing their gender identity with their parents, and the perspectives of parents of transgender youth and young adults. As co-director of the Sex-Gen Policy Lab, Hillier involves graduate students in research, advocacy, and curriculum development. In 2016, she was awarded the School of Social Policy & Practice Teaching Award and the School of Design’s G. Holmes Perkins Distinguished Teaching Award.
JAMAL J. ELIAS
WALTER H. ANNENBERG PROFESSOR IN THE HUMANITIES, PENN ARTS AND SCIENCES
An expert in Islamic thought, culture, and history, Jamal Elias is both a historian specializing in the late middle ages in the Middle East and South Asia and a scholar who illuminates the cultural meaning in the popular art of these societies today. He is the author of several books, most recently Alef is for Allah: Childhood, Emotion, and Visual Culture in Islamic Societies. He has also explored the place of art in Islamic history across time, medieval metaphysics, and the significance of the intricately decorated trucks of Pakistan. He was a recipient of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship and is a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE AND PATHOBIOLOGY, SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Nicola Mason is a trailblazer in the field of comparative oncology. As a veterinarian and immunologist, she explores new ways to treat cancer in veterinary patients that also show promise for people. Her research has led to the clinical development of immunotherapeutic strategies currently being evaluated for the treatment of several different cancers in dogs. Clinical trials in dogs with spontaneous tumors help improve the lives of her canine patients and inform human clinical trial design, accelerating the translation of promising therapeutics. Mason was the inaugural recipient of Penn’s One Health Award for extraordinary collaboration across disciplines and the Zoeitis Award for excellence in veterinary research.
The program was followed by a lively reception, providing an opportunity for Quakers to connect and share in the excitement of the Campaign.
View photos from the San Francisco event here: San Francisco Event Photo Gallery