Open Forum Format and Guidelines

Any member of the University community who wishes to do so may attend the Council meeting (a PennCard is required for entry). PennCard holders who want to be assured of speaking at Open Forum must submit a request to the Office of the University Secretary ( by the applicable published deadline, briefly indicating the subject of their intended remarks. Speakers’ statements are limited to three minutes and should be framed to present topics of general University interest and be directed to University Council as a body through the moderator, and not to an individual.

The moderator of University Council has discretion to interrupt statements that are directed against individuals and otherwise to maintain respectful engagement and productive dialogue during the meeting.

Penn is a community committed to respecting one another even when- and particularly when- one disagrees.

Penn is dedicated to a plurality of voices and different opinions. This is fundamental to the Penn community.

Those who have not submitted a timely request to the Office of the University Secretary will be permitted to speak at the discretion of the moderator of University Council if time remains after the registered speakers.

Following the deadline for speakers to sign up in the Office of the University Secretary will structure the Open Forum session in terms of subject matter themes, speakers, and times, and publicize the order of registered speakers in advance. In the event that there is not enough time available at the meeting to provide for all those who have requested to speak, selections may be made to accommodate the broadest array of issues having important implications for Council's work and represent the breadth of Council's constituencies. The resulting order of the Open Forum topics will be made available no later than the Tuesday before the meeting, to be published on the Office of the University Secretary website and, if deadline constraints allow, in Almanac.

Actions taken and responses to topics raised during Open Forum are reported to Council at the following meeting.

Order of Speakers for Open Forum

November 29, 2023.

  1. Business Brilliance, Shane Gardner, C'26
  2. Free Access to Menstrual Products, Stephanie Schreiner, PSOM'28
  3. Supporting Teaching and Research Assistants, Taja Mazaj, C'24
  4. Topics Regarding University Administration, Karen Redrobe, SAS/Cinema and New Media Studies, Professor
  5. State of the Penn Jewish Community, Noah Rubin, ENG'25 and W'25
  6. Combatting Anti-Semitism on Campus, Eyal Yakoby, C'24
  7. Penn Jewish Community, Sydney Freedman, W'25
  8. Penn's Communications Regarding the Israel/Hamas War, Jacob Brooks, Penn Residential Services, Business Administrator
  9. Penn Middle East Center's Response to Recent Events, Harun Küçük, Middle East Center, Faculty Director
  10. Penn's Communications Regarding the Israel/Hamas War, Asia Kopcsandy, Penn Vet, Administrative Assistant
  11. Combating Islamophobia, Anne Norton, SAS/Political Science and Comparative Literature, Professor
  12. Supporting Muslim and Arab Students, Nahrin Ahmed, PSOM, Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  13. Safety of the Jewish Community, Beaue Bernstein, C'26
  14. Effect of Campus Protests, Kayla Bleier, ENG'26
  15. Penn Chavurah and Other Opportunities for Jewish Students, Henry Planet, C'27


Next Open Forum

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

4:00 p.m.
Hall of Flags, Houston Hall
(PennCard required for entry)

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