Freedom of Expression on Campus: Should a Line be Drawn?

Saturday, September 24
3:15 - 4:30 PM
The Class of '49 Auditorium, Houston Hall
About this Session: Can places like Penn create a safe supportive climate for all and still allow for freedom of expression? What role do the faculty, staff and administration play in making Penn welcoming to everyone?

Presented by the Vice Provost of University Life (VPUL)

Featured Speakers

Rev. Charles L.“Chaz” Howard, Ph.D. C’00 

University Chaplain
University of Pennsylvania
James Brister Society


The Reverend Charles L. Howard, PhD is the University Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania, his alma mater. Prior to his return to Penn he served in hospital and hospice chaplaincies and as a street outreach worker for a local homelessness service agency.

Journeying with the students, faculty and staff of Penn has been one of the great joys of his vocational life. He is thankful to have many opportunities to connect with others through preaching, guest lecturing, and through writing. He is the author of several articles and chapters and his writings have been featured in such publications as Black Arts Quarterly, Black Theology: An International Journal, Daily Good, Urban Cusp, Sojourners Magazine, and The Huffington Post, where he is a regular contributor. Along with his duties as Chaplain, Chaz has taught in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Graduate School of Education at Penn, as well as at The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia. A son of Baltimore, MD he considers himself a God-son of Philly where he lives with his wife and best friend, Dr. Lia C. Howard and his two daughters.

Karu Kozuma GRD'15

Associate Vice Provost of Student Affairs
University of Pennsylvania


Hikaru (Karu) Kozuma is the Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania.  Originally from New York City, Karu attended Middlebury College, majoring in English and minoring in American History. Upon graduation, Karu worked for Middlebury for three years, serving as a resident director and the housing director. In 2001, he attended Harvard¹s Graduate School of Education and received his master of education in higher education administration.  In 2002, Karu returned to New York to join the Columbia University student affairs staff and worked in the Office of Residential Programs.  He served in several different roles within the department, including director. He has been highly involved in NASPA - National Association for Student Personnel Administrators - since 2005 and served as the National Co-Chair for the Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community from 2009–2011.  Outside of higher education, he has served on the International YMCA Board of Managers. He earned his doctorate of education from Penn's Graduate School of Education, focusing his research on critical race theory, coalition building, and student engagement and empowerment. 

Rachel Palmer W'16


Rachel Palmer is a 2016 graduate of The Wharton School's undergraduate program. A Philadelphia Area native, Rachel recently moved to northern Virginia to begin working at CEB, an insights and best practices technology firm. During her time at Penn Rachel was involved in many areas of campus life. She participated in Penn's vibrant arts community through African Rythm's dance and drum troupe (AR) as well as the African American Arts Alliance (4A). Rachel was an active member of the greek community starting in 2013 when she joined the Gamma Epsilon Philadelphia City Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, which falls under the Intercultural Greek Council. She has always had a passion for social justice which lead her to become a facilitator for the Fellowship for Building Intercultural Communities (FBIC). Later, this same passion landed her in her most visible student leadership position as a 2015 co-chair of UMOJA; a board that serves to unify groups of the African Diaspora and represent them to the school's administration. Rachel also worked at Makuu: the black cultural center for most of her time at Penn. Through that role, she was able to informally engage as mentee and mentor to many other students. Additionally, in her junior and senior years, Rachel was invited to join Sphinx senior society, Carriage senior society, and Onyx senior honor society. Academically, Rachel designed her own concentration within Wharton entitled journalism and production management and earned a minor in Africana Studies.


Maureen Rush G'01


Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of Penn Police
The University of Pennsylvania

Maureen S. Rush is the Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of the Penn Police Department. Ms. Rush joined the Division of Public Safety in 1994 as the Director of Victim Support & Special Services. Ms. Rush then served as the Chief of the Penn Police Department from 1996 through 2000. She was appointed Vice President for Public Safety at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. As the CEO of the agency her duties include directing the tactical and strategic focus of the Division of Public Safety and all aspects of Law Enforcement, Safety and Security Technology, and Emergency Preparedness. She is responsible for managing a budget of over $30 million dollars and encompassing eight departments totaling 178 Penn employees. The Penn Police Department has been accredited since 2001 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). In 2016 Superintendent Rush was recognized for being a CEO who led their organization through re-accreditation for 15 consecutive years.

Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Rush had a distinguished eighteen-year law enforcement career with the Philadelphia Police Department from 1976 through 1994. Ms. Rush served in various positions, namely: the Patrol Division, the Anti-Crime Unit, the Narcotics Unit, and the Training Bureau. In 1976, Ms. Rush was one of the first 100 women police officers hired to serve the City of Philadelphia on “street patrol” in a pilot program directed by the United States Department of Justice. Women now comprise twenty-five percent of the Philadelphia Police Department, with approximately 1,650 officers, as a result of that successful pilot program.

Ms. Rush holds a M.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Organizational Dynamics. She has also completed the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Northwestern School of Staff & Command and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Program. In 2004, Ms. Rush completed a year-long program with Philadelphia Leadership, Inc. a regional leadership think tank and during the same year, earned a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification from the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International Professional Certification Board. In 2009 Ms. Rush completed a Security Executive certification program sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). Ms. Rush is a Fellow with the University of Pennsylvania’s Fox Leadership Program within the School of Arts and Sciences.


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