The Philadelphia public-school system is one of the 10 largest in the nation, and also one of the country’s most beleaguered, as teachers and administrators struggle to provide a quality education in the face of chronic budget problems as well as headline-making layoffs and school closings. Dickinson has partnered with the school district to help bridge the opportunity gap for Philadelphia students, and in a recent ceremony in the City of Brotherly Love, the college was recognized for its work.
Councilman Curtis Jones introduced legislation honoring colleges, universities and academic institutions who support Philadelphia public schools during a Dec. 11 ceremony in council chambers. Co-sponsored by all members of city council, the legislation was presented to representatives of 20 colleges and universities that offer college-preparatory services to Philadelphia students.
Rosalyn Robinson ’68, an emerita trustee and judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, accepted the honor on Dickinson’s behalf; Councilman-at-Large and Minority Whip David Oh ’82 was also in attendance along with Matt Allen ’05, a motions attorney and law clerk in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.
Dickinson was recognized for its work on the Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable and with Philadelphia Future’s Step Up to College program, which the college co-sponsors. These partnerships are part of an ongoing effort to offer qualified, historically underrepresented students the chance to attend college. As part of that effort, Dickinson also partners with the Posse Foundation, New Jersey SEEDS, the Cristo Rey Network, the Noble Network of Charter Schools, Young Women’s Leadership and College Match.
Judge Rosalyn Robinson '68 (center, in red) accepted the honor on behalf of Dickinson College.
Published February 4, 2015