Professor-student and mentor-student interactions are at the heart of the Penn community, helping students develop their interests and careers, enhancing what goes on in the classroom, and fostering wellness across campus. As part of a renewed campus-wide focus on wellness at Penn, the Offices of the Provost, New Student Orientation & Academic Initiatives, and Business Services expanded programs to help forge closer ties between our professors/mentors and our students. All undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are eligible for this program. Events can be initiated by students or professors/mentors, in groups or one-on-one, and both professors/mentors and students can participate multiple times.
During the academic year, there are four program options:
- Take Your Professor/Mentor/TA to Lunch at the University Club: Penn students can invite current or past professors, teaching assistants, advisors, as well as staff members who serve as mentors or advisors, to a free lunch at the University Club (3611 Walnut Street, 2nd floor of the Inn at Penn), Monday through Friday, 11:30am-1:30pm. Professors/mentors can also encourage their students to create a reservation.
- Take Your Professor/Mentor to Lunch or Dinner at Penn: Students and professors/mentors/advisors/teaching assistants can eat a free lunch or dinner together in one of Penn's Residential Dining facilities: 1920 Commons, Hill College House, King’s Court English House, New College House, or Falk Kosher Dining Cafe in Hillel.
- Host Your Class at Penn: A professor/mentor/advisor/teaching assistant can host a class (or group of mentees) for lunch or dinner, twice per term, at one of Penn's Residential Dining facilities: 1920 Commons, Hill, King’s Court English College House, New College House, or Falk Kosher Dining Cafe in Hillel.
- Host Your Class at Home: A faculty member or teaching assistant can host a class to eat in their home and be reimbursed per student. This program is exclusive to current faculty teaching this semester.
We encourage everyone who teaches or serves as a professional mentor at Penn to take part in the program, whether full- or part-time faculty, emeritus faculty, teaching assistants, associated faculty, advisors, post-docs, or research mentors. We also welcome suggestions for ways in which we can strengthen the program and support our shared goal to foster strong professor/mentor-student bonds.