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Online Hearings

The Initiative included a series of virtual hearings to receive input from members of the Penn and West Philadelphia communities. Invited participants described their experiences with the University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety and offer their ideas and suggestions on ways to achieve the common vision of providing an environment in which every member of the Penn community can feel physically and emotionally safe, and experience a sense of equal belonging. A summary of key themes raised during these hearings is available here.



Hearing 1: Thursday, August 13, 2020, 2 pm EDT



Maureen Rush

Vice President for Public Safety

Superintendent, Penn Police

Opening Statement


Dennis Culhane

Dana and Andrew Stone Chair in Social Policy

Chair, Division of Public Safety Advisory Board

Benoit Dubé

Associate Provost and Chief Wellness Officer

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Regina Austin

William A. Schnader Professor of Law

Opening Statement


Haley Pilgrim

Ph.D. Student, Sociology

2018-2019 President, Graduate and Professional Student Assembly

Opening Statement


Kaitlin Best

Postdoctoral Fellow, Perelman School of Medicine

Opening Statement





Hearing 2: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 2 pm EDT



Rick Krajewski

Organizer, Mass Liberation

Democratic Nominee for State Representative, 188th District

Jessica Gooding

Student, College of Arts and Sciences

Secretary, Terrance Lewis Liberation Foundation

Opening Statement


Amelia Carter Assistant Director, South Asia Center  
Jeffrey Rowland Executive Director for Staff and Labor Relations, Division of Human Resources  
Michael Belisairo Captain, Commanding Officer – Patrol Operations, Penn Police Department  
Nickol Taylor Patrol Officer, Penn Police Department  
Louis Petrecco Director, Security Services, Division of Public Safety  





Hearing 3: Thursday, August 20, 2020, 2 pm EDT



Margaret Livingston President, Walnut Hill Community Association

Opening Statement

Evan Johnstone President, Spruce Hill Community Association  
Renee McBride Williams  President, Cedar Park Neighbors  
Andra Laidacker President, Garden Court Community Association  
Ira Harkavy

Associate Vice President

Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Opening Statement


Glenn Bryan  Assistant Vice President of Community Relations, Office of Government and Community Affairs  
Richard Gordon IV Principal, Paul Robeson High School  
James Wright Director, Community, Economic, and Real Estate Development, People’s Emergency Center  





Hearing 4: Thursday, August 27, 2020, 2 pm EDT



Tamara Greenfield King

Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Division of the Vice Provost for University Life

Sharon Smith

Associate Vice Provost for University Life, Division of the Vice Provost for University Life

Opening Statement

Sara Bachman Dean, School of Social Policy and Practice


Greg Ridgeway

Chair, Department of Criminology

Professor of Criminology and Statistics

David Rudovsky 

Senior Fellow, Penn Carey Law School

Founding Partner, Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin, LLP

David Abrams Professor of Law, Business Economics, and Public Policy Opening Statement





Hearing 5: Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 2 pm EDT



William Gipson Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Access, Division of the Vice Provost for University Life


Valerie Dorsey Allen Director, African-American Resource Center

Opening Statement


Michal Saraf Senior Clinical Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

Opening Statement


Batsirai Bvunzawabaya

Director of Outreach and Prevention, Counseling and Psychological Services





Hearing 6: Thursday, September 10, 2020, 2 pm EDT



Eric Furda Dean of Admissions  
Karen Hamilton Senior Associate Director of Stewardship, Wharton External Affairs

Opening Statement


Mamta Motwani Accapadi Vice Provost for University Life  
John MacDonald Professor of Criminology and Sociology  
Tukufu Zuberi

Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies

Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations





Hearing 7: Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 2 pm EDT



Jason Andrechak Director of Equity and Access, Graduate and Professional Student Assembly  
Kristen Ukeomah

B.A. Candidate, Health & Societies

2019-2020 Representative, College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Assembly


Victoria Sanchez

J.D. Candidate, Law

M.S. Candidate, Nonprofit Leadership


Lei Brutus President, Black Law Students Association





Hearing 8: Thursday, September 17, 2020, 2 pm EDT



Mckayla Warwick Co-Founder, Collective Climb  
Kathleen Anderson Executive Director of Operations and Chief of Staff, Division of Public Safety  
Natalie Zamora Co-Chair, Latin American Graduate and Professional Student Assembly  
Tatiana Johnson 2019-2020 External Affairs Chair, Beyond Arrests: Re-Thinking Systematic Oppression  
Carson Eckhard Chair External, Student Committee on Undergraduate Education