SAFELab takes space at Pennovation Center

In April 2023, SAFELab took a new space at the Pennovation Center. SAFELab, which is affiliated with Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2), is a research initiative focused on examining the ways in which youth of color navigate violence on and offline.

At the Pennovation Center, SAFELab is developing the Penn Center for Inclusive Innovation and Technology through SP2. According to founder Desmond Upton Patton, PhD, MSW, the aim of this hub is to offer resources and to work with Pennovation startups to think more about diversity, equity and inclusion as they develop their products and companies.

“Our focus is really to help people understand the importance of DEI as a metric of success,” Patton said in, “in that you can’t be a successful tech company if you don’t have metrics in place, that people are held accountable for, that help people become reflexive and consider inclusion as a tool for success.”

Read the full story about SAFELab here.

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