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PPU - A Welcome to New Students (and Others)

Saturday, August 28, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion (Room 602)
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

Please register here.

NEW (AND RETURNING) STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND a debate by the Penn Political Union, followed by a Q&A for those interested in joining as members. The PPU is unique among debating societies in encouraging participants to make heartfelt cases for policies they believe in to a politically diverse group of fellow students. Members can join one of five caucuses that span the political spectrum: Progressive, Liberal, Centrist, Conservative, and Libertarian. They can then take active roles in formal debates on important policy problems. At a time of political polarization and social-media bubbles, it is an opportunity to hone and challenge one’s own opinions, as well as make friendships “across the aisle” and cultivate the practices of civil discourse. The PPU also welcomes prominent guest speakers throughout the year, whom members can question incisively from a variety of perspectives.

The debate topic will be on "Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Institutions."