Temple serves as backdrop for politicians, national events

As a vibrant university in the heart of Philadelphia, Temple is often looked to as a place for big political events—and this semester was no exception. Here’s a look back at some recent notable political figures who made stops on campus. Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera–March 13, 2018State Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera held a news conference on Main Campus to announce that Temple won its second “It’s On Us PA” grant for work combating sexual misconduct. The university is among 39 institutions of higher education across the state to be selected for a grant. 
Gov. Tom Wolf–April 5, 2018Gov. Tom Wolf joined a group of state legislators in the Liacouras Center to announce a package of reform bills that would strengthen protections for victims of workplace sexual harassment and discrimination in Pennsylvania. The bills include banning mandatory non-disclosure agreements in cases of sexual assault and harassment; expanding protections for workers to include independent contractors, interns and full-time domestic workers; implementing required workplace trainings to prevent discrimination and harassment; and passing the “PA Fairness Act,” which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity; among several other reforms. 
U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans–April 5, 2018The College of Liberal Arts hosted Congressman Dwight Evans to discuss healthy food access in Philadelphia. In Pennsylvania’s second congressional district, the area of Philadelphia that Evans represents, 26 percent of residents live in poverty and face a lack of access to healthy food options. Department of Geography and Urban Studies Adjunct Professor Amelia Duffy-Tumasz invited Evans to speak to students in her Food and Justice in the City course. While on campus, Evans also stopped by former Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street’s class. 
Candidates for lieutenant governor–April 11, 2018Current Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, John Fetterman, Kathi Cozzone, Ray Sosa and Nina Ahmad—the Democratic candidates for lieutenant …

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