PennPAC endeavors to ensure that our organization and teams are inclusive, accessible, and reflect the diversity of the Penn alumni community. Further, we strive to make sure that our work with non-profit clients serves diverse, local communities and furthers equity, access and inclusion.

As part of PennPAC’s commitment to these goals, a DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility) Task Force was formed in 2021. One of the Task Force’s first priorities was to construct a positive articulation to the PennPAC community about DEIA values:

PennPAC’s DEIA Statement:

PennPAC believes the diversity of experiences, ideas and individuals in our community make us strong. From our roots in West Philadelphia to the cities we serve, diversity is at our core. To create a more just and engaged world, we must celebrate diversity, practice inclusion, champion equity and work to ensure accessibility.

Our diversity reaches across dimensions that include (but are not limited to) sex, gender identity, age, race, religion, profession, veteran status, abilities, socioeconomic level, and sexual orientation. While we are committed to addressing diversity as an intersectional issue, we are mindful of the systemic racism that remains deeply ingrained in our society.

We envision a community where all PennPAC stakeholders, including the University of Pennsylvania community, nonprofits, funders and partners, feel welcome to bring their authentic selves in pursuit of our mission. A community with volunteers who bring a broad range of experiences to contribute to the cities in which we live. To do so, we will serve nonprofit clients who share our values, employing people and serving beneficiaries across cultures, identities and experiences. Internally, we will face our unconscious biases and privilege and the impact they have on our work and community.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility means a commitment to continuous learning. We are accountable and will report on our work, progress, and plans. We have the will to build trust and a learning culture to do this work. As a result, our community will be stronger, provide more value for each other and have a greater impact on the clients we serve. Together, we will learn, grow and thrive.

In line with our commitment to continuous learning and our promise to be accountable, PennPAC published its first DEIA Retrospective in the fall of 2022. This report highlights both successes during the DEIA Task Force’s first year and future goals.

To learn more about PennPAC’s commitment to DEIA and get involved in this work, email us here.