On Friday, September 18, 2015, Penn AHEAD's Laura Perna delivered a keynote address at the 2015 Kansas-Missouri Summit on Access, Persistence and Completion in Higher Education. Dr. Perna's speech focused on the importance of closing the gaps in college-related outcomes that persist across demographic groups. For a summary of her speech, please click here.

Penn AHEAD, The Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education, and Penn Admissions are co-hosting a one-hour film screening and discussion on Thursday September 24, 2015 from 12:0pm - 2:00pm at the University of Pennsylvania, Meyerson Hall Room B1. First Generation is an award-winning documentary that captures the stories of four students who are first in their families to pursue a college education.

For more information, click here to view the event flier and click here to learn more.  

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The Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) is dedicated to promoting the public purposes of higher education in fostering open, equitable, and democratic societies. Located within the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania, AHEAD applies a multidisciplinary, research-based approach to addressing the most pressing issues regarding the societal contributions of higher education in the United States and world. AHEAD applies what is known from our research and others to improve institutional practice and public policy through technical assistance and professional development activities. In this way we see the core work of AHEAD as linking theory and practice. READ MORE