School Funds Faculty Initiatives in Global Change and Social Justice

Penn Arts & Sciences has awarded grants for six projects through the Making a Difference in Global Communities and the Klein Family Social Justice initiatives.

Fall/Winter 2022

Making a Difference in Global Communities supports multidisciplinary, faculty-led projects that involve students and address societal challenges internationally, including inequities in race, gender, sexual identity, socioeconomic mobility, education, health care, and political representation, as well as the grand challenges of climate change, poverty, and immigration.


The 2022 Making a Difference in Global Communities projects are:

  • LAVA: Laboratorio para apreciar la vida y el ambiente, led by Michael Weisberg, Professor and Chair of Philosophy.
  • Using Animated Video to Address Sea Level Rise, led by Simon Richter, Class of 1942 Endowed Term Professor of German.
  • Regional Collaboration for Better Crime Policy, led by Anthony Braga, Jerry Lee Professor of Criminology and Director of the Crime and Justice Policy Lab.


Klein Family Social Justice Grants offer awards for academic activities that use the arts and sciences to contribute to positive social change in the United States, including Penn’s engagement with its surrounding community. They are intended to stimulate scholarship and education on topics of anti-racism, inclusion, diversity, and social justice and to promote additional opportunities for community engagement.


The 2022 Klein Family Social Justice Grants are:

  • Personalized, Accelerated Science Learning, led by Lori Flanagan-Cato, Associate Professor of Psychology.
  • Free State Slavery and Bound Labor: Pennsylvania, led by Sarah Barringer Gordon, Professor of History and Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law, and Kathleen Brown, David Boies Professor of History.
  • Kitchen Science: A Platform for Inclusive and Accessible Outreach, led by Arnold Mathijssen, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy.