“We’re all talking about how we can put our various backgrounds together to solve big problems in the world,” explains Alex Rosen, M’16, WG’16, in the film that kicked off Our Penn: Let the Conversations Begin in 10 cities across the country and the world. The film showcases the collaborative work and research of students determined to leave their mark on the world—whether by providing education to girls across Ghana; launching Fever Smart, a company that sells a medical device developed by Penn undergraduates that can monitor a patient’s temperature using a smartphone; or analyzing the molecular basis of schizophrenia. The film tells the compelling stories of Penn today and shows the Penn Compact 2020—our vision for a pioneering future—in action.
The Our Penn program also brought Penn President Amy Gutmann, groups of undergraduate students, and a slice of campus life (literally, in the form of bricks from our beloved Locust Walk) to alumni and friends near and far. From Atlanta to Hong Kong, Los Angeles to New York, Chicago to London and back again, a different three students in each city joined Dr. Gutmann onstage for a live and unscripted conversation about their personal Penn experiences. Audiences heard from Rhodes Scholars, athletes and poets, entrepreneurs and social activists, nurses, researchers, artists, politicos, and more, all with diverse backgrounds and passions, major areas of study, and proud stories of how their paths led to Penn.
These conversations—and those that were ignited between alumni, parents, students and friends at the reception following each program—are fostering connections across generations, highlighting the power of innovation, the opportunities created through access, and how Penn changes lives.