Previous Events

Friday, March 31st and Saturday April 1st
General Meeting of the James Brister Society
Student & Faculty Leadership Awards Reception


September 23rd - September 25th
Penn Spectrum Weekend

Friday, April 1st - Saturday, April 2nd
2016 JBS Spring Conference
& Faculty Leadership Awards Reception
Help us honor one faculty member and six students who exemplify excellence, leadership, and commitment to diversity at Penn

Friday, April 1st

12:00 - 3:30 PM
The Sheraton | 3600 Chestnut Street

New Member Welcome Lunch and Orientation*
*Required for New Members, All JBS Members are invited as optional attendees

4:30 - 8:00 PM
Dinner Reception and Student Awards Ceremony

8:00 PM
Post-Awards Reception

Saturday, April 2nd 2016
Van Pelt Library | 3420 Walnut Street

8:30 - 9:00 AM
Continental breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 AM
JBS General Meeting

10:00 - 11:00 AM
Panel: Achieving JBS's Goals and Objectives

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Dissecting the 2016 Presidential Election
Featuring Speaker: Amy Castor Baker, Sulaiman Rahman

12:30 - 1:30 PM
Lunch and Program: What's next for Penn? A look inside Penn Connects
Featuring Speaker: Tony Sorrentino

1:30 - 2:30 PM
Bringing Together Penn's Diverse Communities: Penn Spectrum Weekend Overview
Featuring Speaker: April Claytor C'87

2:30 - 3:30 PM
Breakout Sessions—Committee Breakouts

3:30 - 4:00 PM
Committee Reports and Closing

4:00 - 5:00 PM
Wine Social


Fall Conference
Friday, November 6th and Saturday November 7th

Spring Conference
Friday, April 10th - Saturday, 11th

Friday evening April 10th 2015
JBS Student & Faculty Leadership Awards Reception
Help us to honor one faculty member and six students who exemplify excellence, leadership, and commitment to diversity at Penn.
Spring General Meeting of the James Brister Society:

Saturday morning, April 11th 2015
Members and prospective members are invited to join us.


Wednesday, December 17th
JBS and the University of Pennsylvania Asian Alumni Network (UPAAN)
co-hosted an exclusive guided tour of the New York Historical Society's exhibition
Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion
October 3rd & 4th
Fall General Meeting of the James Brister Society
At this meeting, JBS will explore topics related to Penn's 2014-2015 theme: The Year of Health.
Friday, October 3
ARCH Open House
Mindfulness: Stress Management and Coping Skills for Work and Life
Stress reduction techniques are useful to people of all ages, for school, work, and life in general.
Featuring Michael J. Baime, MD, Founder and Director, Penn Program for Mindfulness.

Faculty of Color Reception
Enjoy an evening with fascinating and accomplished faculty of color from across Penn's schools and disciplines.

Saturday, October 4
Mental Health for Students of Color at Penn
Find out how Penn supports students through events that impact their lives on campus (e.g. stress, schoolwork, relationships), in the world at large (such as recent incidents in Ferguson, MO), and where those areas overlap.
Featuring Meeta Kumar, PhD, Director of Outreach and Prevention at Penn Counseling and Psychological Services (Psychologist with special area of interest in multicultural counseling); and The Reverend Charles L. Howard, PhD, C'00, University of Pennsylvania Chaplain (teaches an undergraduate course on “The History of Women and Men of African Descent at the University of Penn” and has taught a graduate/PACE course on "Cross-Cultural Education"). Valerie Allen Currently, the Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s African-American Resource Center, Dr. Allen is focused on addressing the needs and interests of the Penn community and on improving the quality of life for faculty, staff and students with a particular focus on those of African Descent.

Penn Impacting Health Today
By supporting innovative and accomplished faculty, Penn continues to act as a research leader, advancing care in new ways every year.
Hear Bridgette M. Brawner, PhD, APRN talk about her work: “The Fire in Your Belly: Research as Advocacy in the Academy”
University update from Penn Vice President and Secretary Leslie Kruhly (including a report on the University’s Task Force for Mental Health), discuss the JBS mission, status, and goals with your Co-Chairs, and meet with your committee (Communications, Membership, or Programming) to discuss how you can contribute to the success of the organization.

Friday, June 5th
Claude Johnson, Executive Director of the Black Fives Foundation, and a private Penn alumni reception in the New-York Historical Society's beautiful Patricia D. Klingenstein Library. JBS invites you to The New-York Historical Society exhibition covering the pioneering history of the African American basketball teams that existed in New York City and elsewhere from the early 1900s through 1950, the year the National Basketball Association became racially integrated. Includes guided tour by Claude Johnson.

April 28
JBS Student & Faculty Leadership Awards Reception - View photos
April 11-12
JBS Spring Meeting - View photos View Schedule