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Upcoming Programs

The Upcoming Programs page lists information on a variety of programs taking place at Jefferson.  Programs are added to this page at the request of the sponsoring Jefferson entity. If you would like your event added, please complete the Request for Inclusion Form.

PLEASE NOTE: In line with our mission, all Office of Student Life and Engagement programs are only open to matriculated Jefferson students unless otherwise noted.  For ticketed programs, please note that it is ONE ticket per matriculated Jefferson student.  For ticketed programs where the student cancels the ticket after the posted deadline or is a no show at the event, a $25 cancellation fee will be assessed.

For more information on any events sponsored by our office, please feel free to contact us at or 215-503-7743 or visit us in Jefferson Alumni Hall, Suite 105.

Denim Day

April 27th

Denim Day is a campaign to bring awareness to sexual assault. Wear your denim on April 27 th to bring awareness to sexual assault.

Please be sure to also check out our Upcoming Humanities & Health Programs


Event: JeffReads Introductory Lunchtime Talk
Date: Wednesday, 10/18
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Curtis, Room 218
Sponsoring Jefferson Organization: JeffReads
Contact JeffReads with any questions

JeffReads is an organization devoted to promoting literacy in pediatric patients, both in the outpatient waiting room and inpatient pediatric unit. We are hosting an introductory meeting where you can learn more about volunteering with JeffReads and hear about some of the exciting activities we have planned for the year! This meeting is open to ALL Jefferson students and a Top Tomato lunch will be served!

Friday, October 20, 2017 - Liberty Escape Room
(325 Cherry Street, PHILADLEPHIA, PA 19106)

Teams of ten will enter the rooms together. Your gamehost will quickly explain the safety rules and strategies for success. Then the game will begin! You will have 60 minutes to complete the adventure.

NOTE: Tickets are one per matriculated Jefferson student.  You will be asked for your campus key and academic program and this information will be verified in our system.  Individuals that cannot be verified as a matriculated student will have their ticket cancelled.


Blitzkrieg (Raid the Bunker. Recover the Artifact. Win the War)

4 pm -

5:30 pm -

7 pm -

Infiltrate the vault, survive a booby-trapped bunker, and pull off the greatest heist in history!

Players will join an Allied commando team tasked with stealing a mysterious artifact from a secret vault controlled by the mystical Brotherhood of the Black Sun.

With challenges and puzzles inspired by the most ruthless military geniuses of WWII, this heart-pounding chapter of Liberty Escape Rooms will change the fate of millions!

REVOLUTION (Win Your Freedom) 5pm or 6:30pm

5 pm -

6:30 pm -

The Sons of Liberty have hidden a crucial secret… and the fate of a nation is in your hands.

It is the frozen winter of 1777. British troops, led by General Howe, have occupied Philadelphia and are seeking out the rebellious Sons of Liberty – men who would become the fathers of a nation.

The Sons have hidden the Liberty Bell somewhere near the city and the secret of its location is hidden behind layer upon layer of enigmatic puzzles.

If General Howe and his troops discover its location before you do they will destroy this symbol of freedom.

Can you and your squad of would-be heroes solve their clues and find the Liberty Bell in time? The fate of the revolution hangs in the balance.

With puzzles inspired by the most brilliant of America’s first heroes, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton, REVOLUTION is an escape game you truly can’t miss.


Sponsored by: Office of Student Life and Engagement (OSLE)

SESSION TITLE: Ethical Leadership and Decision Making (1LC)

RSVP Requested

Presenters: Colleen Dempsey, MS, RT (R) and Chris Miciek, MA

Leadership Curriculum: Diversity, Integrity, Service

  • Monday, October 23rd - 5:30pm-6:30pm - JAH, Brent Auditorium
  • Tuesday, October 24th - 12:00pm-1:00pm - JAH, Eakins Lounge

Cultivating wisdom and intentional exercising of ethical reasoning moves the individual beyond the technique of leadership and into the realm of making good decisions. Working through the steps of ethical reasoning and applying the various paradigms of ethical decision making incorporates a broader perspective of one's leadership. This session will focus on applying ethical reasoning steps through evaluation and discussion of case studies. Participants will be provided with tools to analyze situations and exercise ethical reasoning in order to apply these techniques in their personal and professional lives. Participants will leave the session empowered to approach decision making in and ethical manner that considers multiple perspectives.

Event: Kick Off of Community Closet Drive to Benefit South Philadelphia High School
Date: Monday, 10/23
Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm
Location: Lubert Plaza
Sponsoring Jefferson Organization: Office of Provost

Contact Ade Smith for more information or questions

Please join us to kick off our Community Closet Collection Drive, which will run from 10/23 - 11/3. Bring gently used and new clothing for high school aged children, toiletries, school supplies, and $10.00-$25.00 gift cards to Walmart, Target, CVS, Rite Aid and Grocery stores to be donated to Sout Philadelphia High School's "Community Closet", which is a free resource exchange for students and South Philadelphia residents. If you are interested in volunteering to help with this drive, please click here to sign up.  

Event: South Philadelphia HS Community Closet Kick-Off
Date: Monday, 10/23 - Friday, October 27
Sponsoring Jefferson Organization: Health Science Pipeline Programs
Contact Brandon Horvath for more information

South Philadelphia High School's "Community Closet" is a relatively new addition to its campus. The closet is comprised of gently used and new clothing, as well as toiletries and food donated by students and community members. These individuals may also select items from the closet at no cost. The "Community Closet" Committee for South Philadelphia High School would like to anounce its Kick-Off Event. This is a time for students and Jefferson staff to donate items for the Community Closet! More information to come about the drop-off locations. 

Event: Global Health Symposium: Refugee and Immigrant Access to Care Locally and Globally
Date: Saturday, 10/28
Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Jefferson-Bluemle Life Sciences Building/233 S. 10th Street
Presented by: Delaware Health Sciences Alliances                                                                    Coordinated by: Delaware Academy of Medicine (DPHA) 

Contact  Timothy E. Gibbs, MPh/Delaware Academy of Medicine on behalf of the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance

Click here to Register Now! 

Keynote: Dr. Gilbert Burnham presents, "Population Displacement and Health: Global and National Perspectives"

Panel Discussion: Local Approaches to Refugee and Immigrant Health                               Moderator: Christopher P. Raab, MD                                                                                         

Panel Discussion: Bridging Local and Global work - Addressing Access to Care Through Clinical and Educational Global Health Initiatives                                                                             Moderator: Richard Derman, MD, MPH

Group Discussions: Health Professional as Human Rights advocates and                                   Ethical Engagement in Global Health

There will be an Abstract and Poster Presentation.

Click here for Event Link  

Welcome to the 6th annual Global Health Symposium where we will highlight the Global Health Interest across the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance (DHSA). The Delaware Health Sciences Alliance is a partnership of: Christiana Care Health System, Jefferson Philadelphia University & Thomas Jefferson University, Nemours / Alfred I. DuPont Institute for Children, and University of Delaware. Students, Residents, Faculty, Public Health Practitioners, Nurses, Physicians, or Researches, you are welcome to attend this symposium. Lunch will be served!   

Time: 7:30am-9:00am
JAH, Atrium
Sponsored by:
Office of Student Life and Engagement (OSLE)

Join us for a healthy start to your week!  Stop in for some delicious yet nutritious breakfast options to fuel your day, jump into a five minute stretch session to loosen up, and of course, try your luck at winning a few raffle prizes or giveaways!


Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Jefferson Alumni Hall, Suite 105
Sponsored by:
 Office of Student Life and Engagement (OSLE)

Stop by the OSLE office in JAH 105 for a Halloween Celebration with lots of treats for our students! Walk through our Halloween decorated office to get your treats and enter a raffle for some great prizes.  And if you come in wearing a costume you can get an extra prize!

After the fun, take some time at the tables outside our office to pay it forward by making a Thank You card for our Veterans to show your appreciation.  Cards will be given to residents at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and/or veterans at Jefferson.



Time: See Details Below
12th Street Irish Pub (1132 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107)
Ticketed Event (Registration Required via Eventbrite):
 Click on the corresponding link below for the session you want to attend
Sponsored by:
 Office of Student Life and Engagement (OSLE)

With the help of our teaching artist, you'll create your own unique masterpiece. Everything you need is provided: canvas, paints, and brushes.  Complimentary appetizers and snacks will also be provided at the start of the session.


Session 1: 4:00pm - 5:30pm (BEGINNER - GUIDED PAINTING) - The 4:00pm session is for students new to painting.  Our teaching artist will guide you through the steps to create your own version of the inspiration painting.  Register for the 4:00pm BEGINNER Session.

Session 2: 7:00pm - 8:30pm (ADVANCED - FREE PAINT) - The 7:00pm session is for students that have some prior experience with painting, and who want to bring their own inspiration picture.  Our teaching artist will walk around the room answering individual questions and providing direction for advanced techniques specific to the inspiration picture you have brought. Register for the 7:00pm ADVANCED Session.


Sponsored by: Office of Student Life and Engagement (OSLE)

SESSION TITLE: Breaking Down Walls (1LC)

RSVP Requested

Presenter: La'Verne Webb, MA and Guest Presenter: Don Trahan, Jr., PhD, LPC

Leadership Curriculum: Principles of Leadership

  • Monday, November 6th - 12:00pm-1:00pm - JAH, Eakins Lounge
  • Wednesday, November 8th - 5:30pm-6:30pm - JAH, Eakins Lounge

This session will focus on discussion about the reactions of the President's proposal to build a physical wall as a basis for reflecting on the various invisible internal and external walls that we build, and the impact they have on our interpersonal relationships. Participants will engage in activities to help them discover how to recognize personal barriers (walls) and will be given the tools to annihilate these walls.

Event Name: Alzheimer's Walk
Date: 11/11/2017
Time: 10am
Location: Citizens Park
Jefferson Organization: American Geriatric Society (AGS)

Contact person:  Anh-Tu H. Dang (

Description: Will you join AGS in the fight against Alzheimer by walking with us? As a team, we can be an unstoppable force against the nation's sixth-leading cause of death. Click here to registrater and join our team. Please consider sharing this to your friends, family, and co-workers and encourage them to join. Check out this video if you need more reasons to walk.

Time: 3:00pm
 Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center (300 South Broad Street)
Sponsored by:
 Philadelphia Chamber Music Society in collaboration with the Office of Student Life and Engagement (OSLE)
Registration Required via Eventbrite:
 (link will be posted when available)

Students are invited to claim a complimentary ticket to this Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concert featuring Stefan Jackiw, violin and Anna Polonsky, piano.

As stated on the PCMS Concerts website:

"After Stefan Jackiw’s Kimmel Center recital debut in the fall of 2015 with Jeremy Denk in a magnificent evening of all four Ives violin sonatas, PCMS audiences pleaded that we bring back this über-talented artist as soon as possible. The Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient’s second appearance on the Perelman Theater stage also spotlights the stunningly-talented pianist Anna Polonsky in a program featuring a Philadelphia premiere by Boston native David Fulmer, as well as two of the Brahms violin sonatas—extraordinary masterpieces that occupy their own rarefied worlds of elegant construction, romantic sweep, and exquisite beauty."

C. Schumann: Three Romances, Op. 22
: Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 108
: They Turned Their Channeled Faces to the Sky [Philadelphia Premiere]
: Violin Sonata in G Major, Op. 78


Sponsored by: Office of Student Life and Engagement (OSLE)

SPECIAL EVENT - Oxfam Hunger Banquet (2LC)

RSVP Requested

Presenters: Rebecca LeFevre, MSL, Marybeth Pavlik, MSN, RN, and Guest Presenter: Lisa Vernaza, MPA

Leadership Curriculum: Diversity, Integrity, Personal and Professional Development

  • Tuesday, November 14th - 5:30pm-7:30pm - JAH, Atrium-Entire

This interactive and impactful session will include a dining experience where participants are randomly assigned to upper, middle, or lower class income groups representing the actual current distribution of wealth in our country. Participants will learn more about hunger, poverty, socioeconomics, the distribution of wealth in the United States, and resource access and its impact on nutrition. This event is designed to give students a deeper understanding of these issues to foster their ability to demonstrate an important leadership quality, empathy, when encountering individuals from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

Event: JeffHOPE Debrief
Date: Wednesday, 11/15
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Curtis Building, Room 218
Sponsoring Jefferson Organization: Department of Family and Community Medicine

Contatct Jeffhope for details

JeffHOPE's Kids Committee will be talking about Adverse childhood Experiences (ACEs), toxic stress, and how to promote resilience in the pediatric population. Come learn the latest buzz words in this filed and why every medical provider needs to know about ACE's. Snacks will be provided.

Sponsored by: Office of Student Life and Engagement (OSLE)

SESSION TITLE: Reflective Leadership (1LC)

RSVP Requested

Presenters: James Dyksen, MSEd, Chris Miciek, MA, and Briana Schwartz, MA

Leadership Curriculum: Personal and Professional Development, Principles of Leadership

  • Tuesday, November 28th - 5:30pm-6:30pm - JAH, Brent Auditorium
  • Wednesday, November 29th - 12:00pm-1:00pm - JAH, Room 407

Effective leadership includes critical self-reflection as a component of good goal-setting and decision-making. Self-reflection enables us to move past mere reaction by allowing us to identify the dynamics in ourselves, others, and our contexts, and then thoughtfully determine appropriate actions and steps to take.

This session will explore the benefits of, and techniques for, engaging in self-reflection as a regular practice. A focus will be on developing practices of reflective writing, with opportunities to begin that practice. The goal is for participants to be better able to find practical avenues for critical reflection, and to develop habits that promote thoughtful awareness, good planning, and informed adaptation designed to encourage improvement, growth, and effective leadership.

NOTE: Above program is being offered collaboratively with the Humanities and Health series. Students may earn dual credit in both the Leadership LIVE and the Humanities and Health Series by attending this program.




Sponsored by: Office of Student Life and Engagement (OSLE)

SESSION TITLE: Shaping a Vision and Leading Forward: A Conversation with the Vice Provost of Student Affairs (1LC)

RSVP Requested

Presenter: Charles A. Pohl, MD

Leadership Curriculum: Integrity, Personal and Professional Development, Principles of Leadership

Wednesday, January 10th – 5:30pm-7:00pm – JAH, Brent Auditorium 

Become a visionary leader by learning how to frame one's thoughts and use forward vision thinking to develop and execute a strategic plan.


Sponsored by: Office of Student Life and Engagement (OSLE)

SESSION TITLE: Put Some “Respeck” aka Respect On It (1LC) 

RSVP Requested

Presenter: La’Verne Webb, MA and Guest Presenter: Sabrina Umstead-Smith, MS

Leadership Curriculum: Principles of Leadership

  • Monday, January 22nd  – 12:00pm-1:00pm – JAH, Eakins Lounge
  • Tuesday, January 23rd  – 5:30pm-6:30pm – JAH, Brent Auditorium

Respect.  What is it?  This session will explore the meaning of respect in human relationships and its importance in overcoming the negative impact of prejudice, bias, racism, and stereotypes. Students will engage in group activities that demonstrate the importance of appreciating the diversities of others and welcoming the qualities that cultural inclusion brings.



Sponsored by: Office of Student Life and Engagement (OSLE)

SPECIAL EVENT – Building Coalitions: Advocacy & Political Action as a Student (2LC)

RSVP Requested

Presenters: James Dyksen, MSEd, Lisa Kozlowski, PhD, Anna Miller, MBA, and Tep Ros, MPA

Leadership Curriculum: Personal and Professional Development, Principles of Leadership, Service, Teamwork.

  • Monday, February 5th – 5:30pm-7:30pm – Hamilton, Connelly Auditorium

The current political climate has individuals paying special attention to issues that affect our country’s citizens at personal, local, and national levels.  Additionally, Jefferson encourages students to take on leadership roles within one’s community or chosen profession.  Have you felt moved to speak up, advocate, or otherwise take action on one or more issues of importance, but felt unsure about what steps to take to organize, to garner support, to form coalitions, or to effectively promote real change – while being a busy full-time student in a challenging Jefferson program? 

During this event you will have the opportunity to hear from a panel predominantly made up of Jefferson students who have worked to organize, advocate, and/or take political action. The panel will discuss issues related to advocacy and political action efforts while a student, and will respond to questions. In addition to the panel discussion, participants will also engage in a workshop focused on appropriate and effective coalition building.


Sponsored by: Office of Student Life and Engagement (OSLE)

SESSION TITLE: Stereotype Awareness and Identity (1LC)

RSVP Requested

Presenters: Everette Nichols, MA and Kenneth Lastowka, MS

Leadership Curriculum: Diversity, Integrity, Personal and Professional Development.

  • Monday, February 19th  – 12:00pm-1:00pm – JAH, Eakins Lounge
  • Tuesday, February 20th – 5:30pm-6:30pm – JAH, Brent Auditorium

Students will learn about personal identities, perception of self, and how those thoughts can sometimes influence the way that we view others and ourselves.  Discussion will include topics such as gender gaps in test scores, success in math and science, the perceived higher levels of athleticism of Black men compared to their White counterparts, etc.  Looking at several resources and experiments this presentation will address the wide ranging and real effects of stereotyping. Additionally, this session will teach students how to combat the pressures of stereotype threat and how students can help make a difference in their communities as leaders.



Sponsored by: Office of Student Life and Engagement (OSLE)


RSVP Requested

Presenters: Morgan Portugal, MSEd and Tep Ros, MPA 

Leadership Curriculum: Personal and Professional Development

  • Monday, March 5th – 5:30pm-6:30pm – JAH, Brent Auditorium
  • Tuesday, March 6th - 12:00pm-1:00pm – JAH, Brent Auditorium

Millennials are the fastest-growing generation in the workforce but when it comes to the workplace, millennials sometimes get a bad reputation. In this session we will take an authentic look at the stereotypes and trends of millennials and discuss how to overcome these challenges. We aim to empower participants to use their millennial assets to exceed expectations of workplace bias. Additionally, participants will receive a guide with tips to help navigate life. #winning


Sponsored by: Office of Student Life and Engagement (OSLE)

SESSION TITLE: Talk Less, Listen More: Active Listening and Effective Communication (1LC)

RSVP Requested

Presenter: Briana Schwartz, MA

Leadership Curriculum: Personal and Professional Development, Principles of Leadership, Teamwork

  • Monday, March 19th  – 12:00pm-1:00pm – JAH, Eakins Lounge
  • Tuesday, March 20th - 5:30pm-6:30pm – JAH, Brent Auditorium

Effective, empathetic communication is a crucial aspect of leadership, and such communication depends on the ability to listen actively and learn from those around us without interruption or judgment. This session will discuss some of the underlying principles and benefits of active listening while providing attendees with tools to improve their own active listening skills in academic, professional, and personal settings.