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CHDIKA Winners 2018

Meet this year's College House Deans'
Integrated Knowledge Award winners

The College House Deans' Integrated Knowledge Award was presented to three deserving recipients at a reception on April 17, 2018. Sophia Griffith-Gorgati from Harnwell (left), Gregory's Kate Byrne-Slepicka (center) and Emily Zhao from Stouffer College House (right) were recognized for their contributions to their House communities, bringing knowledge from the classroom into their College House homes.  Click here for more about these incredible students.


Prof. Daniel Q. Gillion, Rodin Faculty Director

Prof. Daniel Gillion wins Carnegie Fellowship

Congratulations to Rodin Faculty Director Prof. Daniel Q. Gillion, who was selected as a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow!  Prof. Gillion, who in addition to leading Rodin College House is also the Julie Beren Platt and Marc E. Platt Presidential Associate Professor of Political Sciences in SAS, intends to consider "The Loud Minority: Why Protests Matter in American Democracy."  Studying protests from 1940 to 2018 and surveying voters after this fall's midterm elections, he will examine how protests drive participation in our political process, including voter turnout, issues of gerrymandering, and how political dissent can increase communication about political issues among the American people.  Read more at Penn Today.


Peter Wang Hjemdahl and Svanika Balasubramanian

Harnwellian Svanika Balasubramanian wins President's Engagement Prize

Harnwell senior Svanika Balasubramanian has been announced as a winner of a Class of 2018 President's Engagement Prize, which is awarded annually and provides $100,000 to selected Penn seniors to implement a project meant to better the world.  Ms. Balasubramanian, along with her colleague Peter Wang Hjemdahl, will receive this money to implement rePurpose, a non-profit intended to improve the recycling industry in Mumbai and create increased opportunities for the street-level rubbish pickers and resellers who form the base of India's informal recycling/reuse chain, while diverting more reusable materials from landfills.  Click the link above to learn more about the Prize and this exciting project.


Making HERstory & HIStory

Penn highlighted the success of a program at W.E.B. Du Bois College House that pairs Du Bois residents with elementary school students in West Philadelphia to provide mentoring and role models for young students of color.  Click here to read more.


New College House Faculty Director, Prof. Cam Grey, with President Amy Gutmann at the New College House opening ceremony

Our doors are open to Faculty

Faculty play a major role in our mission. Within our House communities, they encourage intellectual inquiry, and promote spirited discussions and interactions. Penn Current recently interviewed the Faculty Director of New College House, Prof. Cam Grey, about his experiences in nearly a decade of living as a faculty mentor in the College Houses. For more information about becoming a part of the College Houses as a faculty member, click here, or to read about another of our Fellow's experiences, click here.