Racial Justice and Inclusion

Welcome to the Division of Finance Racial Justice and Inclusion Working Group

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About the Racial Justice and Inclusion Working Group


Mission Statement:

The Division of Finance seeks to ground itself in the tenets of anti-racism, inclusion, and belonging. This is a constant, ongoing process that will be achieved by honest and earnest dialogue, as well as active listening, with the hopes of challenging our innate assumptions and increasing understanding of those who are different from us. We aim to interrupt racism, bigotry, and prejudice and to achieve equity and racial justice, not just within the Division of Finance, but with everyone we encounter on a day-to-day basis.


  • We recognize diversity and inclusion is paramount to a positive and thriving work environment; it is a business imperative.
  • We celebrate the diversity that every individual brings to Penn.
  • We value you and the unique life experiences that make you, you.
  • We embrace and support inclusion; we cultivate it in our actions and interactions every day.
  • We insist upon a positive work environment for everyone.
  • We do not support, harbor, protect, ignore, or hide from acts of disrespect, exclusionary behaviors, or toxic bias.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month


Mural of Hispanic cultureNational Hispanic Heritage Month, (September 15–October 15) in which the people of the United States honor the achievements of Hispanics. The celebration was first authorized in 1968, when the U.S. Congress adopted a resolution asking the president of the United States annually to issue a proclamation designating a week in September including September 15 and 16 as “National Hispanic Heritage Week.”

In 1988 Congress expanded the celebration to a 31-day period beginning September 15. The resolution calls “on the people of the United States, especially the educational community, to observe National Hispanic Heritage Month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Hispanic Heritage Month coincides with the celebrations of Independence Day in many Latin American countries—including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua (September 15), Mexico (September 16), and Chile (September 18)—as well as with Columbus Day (originally October 12 in the United States but now commemorated there on the second Monday in October).

What is Hispanic?

  • Hispanic refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a Spanish-speaking country.
  • Latino/a or Latinx refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a country in Latin America.
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month – YouTube

Featured National Hispanic Heritage Month Content


Please see these presentations of some of the most historical and contemporary Hispanic/Latinx individuals.

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Latin Cuisine Recipes

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Do you have a recipe that you would like to share with us all? Submit your recipe to us at: DoFRacialJustice@pobox.upenn.edu

Calendar of Events


Dolores Huerta Lecture: “The Pearl of the Antilles, Then and Now”
Tuesday, October 5 from 6-8pm

In this dynamic presentation, authors Maika and Maritza Moulite will discuss Haiti and the intersections of Blackness and Latinidad.

Register to receive a Zoom link here: https://vpul-upenn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pz2ooHl8SXyH-3syWrf5gQ



DOF Salsa Dancing
Thursday, October 7 from 1-2pm

Join students from Onda Latina, Penn’s student group for Caribbean and Latino dance, for a demonstration and lesson on salsa dancing in the Franklin Building lobby area.

Not on campus? You can watch and learn virtually over Zoom: https://upennfinance.zoom.us/j/96599444193?pwd=Y3RTK2M3cGwzOVFpeE9CRFdrVk1VUT09



Special Penn GSE Live Webinar: Welcoming Afghan Refugees into Our Communities:
Friday, October 8, 2021, 12-12:45pm ET

Join us for a panel discussion with University of Pennsylvania Carey Law Professor Fernando Chang-Muy and HIAS Philadelphia Executive Director Cathryn Miller-Wilson. In the coming months, the Biden administration predicts nearly 37,000 Afghan refugees will be resettled in the US. Drawing on their years of experience serving refugees throughout the country, Chang-Muy and Miller-Wilson will address how communities can prepare to welcome Afghan refugees into their schools and neighborhoods. Register for free.



Our Communities: Honoring Indigenous Two Spirit and Queer Relatives
Monday, October 11 at 7pm

Honor National Coming Out Day and Indigenous People’s Day (both on Oct 11 this year!) with Natives at Penn, the LGBT Center, and La Casa Latina. We’re privileged to have three speakers joining us to share their stories, one from Canada, one from Mexico, and one from the U.S.

Limited space in person at the LGBT Center (3907 Spruce Street) or on Zoom: https://vpul-upenn.zoom.us/j/94465435278?pwd=RG1Ob1Zub2ZOQUVKRjBBcy9xNldFUT09



National Hispanic American Heritage Month:
September 15  – October 15


Racial Justice and Inclusion Book Club


Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry
by Emanuel Xavier

Traveling Black
by Mia Bay

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Mya Angelou

The Devil in the Blue Dress
by Walter Mosley

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
by Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
by Reni Eddo-Lodge

We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders
by Linda Sarsour

George Floyd's Death - A Year Later


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Please take a moment to self-reflect on changes you’ve made, things you’ve learned, and take some time to view these links that illustrate some monumental impacts George Floyd has had on America.