University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania has been a partner since 2012, when CCATE opened its doors to PhD students from the Graduate School of Education to develop research projects and provide mentoring to the afterschool program students under the supervision of Dr. Stanton Wortham.

Beginning in 2014, CCATE teachers, students and parents have presented on panels each year at Penn’s annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum. Also beginning in 2014, CCATE formed a partnership with Penn’s Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) and the center’s director, Valerie de Cruz. Each summer since 2014, GIC has sponsored summer visits to Penn’s campus, providing the opportunity for parents and students to gain exposure to campus life, and learn about college, college applications and admissions, and career development. GIC has also supported Penn students to become mentors and interns at CCATE and hosted CCATE high school students for monthly visits to campus during the academic school year.

In 2016, CCATE developed new Penn partnerships with the School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2) and the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program (LALS). Through these partnerships, CCATE has hosted interns from and collaborated on development projects with students and faculty at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. LALS’s Director, Dr. Tulia Falleti, and Associate Director, Dr. Catherine Bartch, have also been active supporters in helping CCATE build pathways to college for high school students, many of whom will be the first in their family to attend college. CCATE’s Director, Obed Arango, and Director of Educational Programming and Research, Dr. Holly Link, have also been invited to collaborate on and speak at LALS panels and special events.