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May 2024 – Edition 32

Wharton MBAs mentor incarcerated individuals with Wharton WORKS, an assistant professor of managerial economics researches poverty and climate challenges, and Lauder students head to Georgia on a Lauder Intercultural Venture (LIV).

Wharton WORKS Transforms the Lives of Incarcerated Individuals

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Wharton WORKS, in partnership with Resilience Education, is the flagship program of the Coalition for Equity and Opportunity (CEO).

Wharton Magazine showcases the power of Wharton WORKS (Wharton Opportunities for Reentry, Knowledge, and Skills) in the Spring/Summer 2024 issue. Aiming to improve economic mobility for people affected by the criminal justice system, Wharton WORKS is a flagship program of the Coalition for Equity and Opportunity (CEO). The program sends Wharton MBAs to a Pennsylvania state prison to mentor incarcerated individuals — and it is impacting the lives of both parties.

Read the Wharton Magazine story

Faculty Scholar Award Recipient Susanna Berkouwer Explores Economics and the Environment

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Susanna Berkouwer is an assistant professor in Wharton's Business Economics and Public Policy department.

Specializing in energy, environment, and development economics, Susanna Berkouwer teaches managerial economics in the Wharton MBA program, and they are affiliated with Wharton’s Climate Center, Analytics at Wharton, the Penn Environmental Innovations Initiative, and the Penn Development Research Initiative. A researcher devoted to tackling poverty and climate challenges, Berkouwer is the Robert J. Aresty, W’63, Endowed Scholar. In this Q&A story, they shared what they’re most proud of, along with the details of their latest project and some research-backed advice about air pollution.

Read Our Q&A with Susanna Berkouwer.

Lauder Intercultural Ventures (LIVs) Program Heads to Georgia for the First Time

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For the first time ever, the Lauder Institute offered students the opportunity to travel to Georgia as part of the Lauder Intercultural Ventures (LIVs) program.

During the spring term, students at the Lauder Institute traveled to Georgia, the Russian border, and beyond, as part of the Lauder Intercultural Ventures (LIVs) program. Made possible by donors like you, LIVs give Lauder students the chance to develop leadership skills as they explore economic, political, and social factors in different corners of the world. During the LIV to Georgia, students learned about the geopolitical situation in the region — and how it affects the daily lives of people who live there.

See Georgia Through the LIV Lens