Kelly Sorensen, Associate Dean of Academics
Associate Dean Kelly Sorensen has been thinking a lot about Philadelphia this past year. That all started this spring, when the college began recruiting the first cohort of the Philadelphia Experience—or PhillyX, as it’s known around campus.
The program originally stemmed from the question of how to get students more engaged with the City of Brotherly Love. Ursinus has tried several transportation arrangements in the past. “We said, ‘Let’s just have them live there. What would it take?’ We asked and answered a lot of questions. Trustees and alumni stepped up and helped provide internships. One students has, for example, a rare undergraduate internship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.” That effort has resulted in an inaugural cohort of 15 students who live in University City and take classes in neighborhoods throughout the city.
Sorensen also oversaw Summer Fellows, now in its 20th year. The popular program engaged 70 students, all of whom were subsidized by the college or through external grants. “While a lot of colleges offer summer research in science, what’s really rare is offering this opportunity to students in the humanities,” he points out