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Community Engagement

Below are some of the ways we engage GSE's employee community with a variety of topics and formats. Remember to also check out GSE's Event Calendar.

GSE Staff & Faculty Chat Channels on Microsoft Teams

Want an easy way to chat with colleagues on different topics? Join the GSE All Staff & Faculty Team on Microsoft Teams, our collaboration platform that can keep you connected and organized in one space.

How to Join:

  1. Log into
  2. Click on the "Teams" icon on the screen’s left side
  3. Click "Join or Create Team" in the upper right corner
  4. Choose "Join a Team with a Code" & enter xc9f9sl
  5. We recommend setting your channel notifications to "banner and feed” (learn more about managing notifications here)


  • General: For general conversation that may not fit into the specific subchannels.
  • Free Food
  • GSE Job Postings: For any new, regular staff job openings.
  • GSE Steppers: GSE's walking club; A private subchannel on the main feed. Please email Olivia Farkas if you would like to be added!
  • HR Updates & Tips
  • Inclusion & Belonging
  • IT Updates & Tips
  • Missing Channels: Teams maxes out at 10 subchannels, so this is a space for proposing any private channels (for example, a book club).
  • Music & Podcasts
  • Parents Group: Formerally a private group, the Parents Group is now publicly accessible as a subchannel for any parents, prospective parents, or those with parental responsibilities.
  • Pets of GSE
  • Recommendations: For those seeking recommendations on different topics, including restaurants, providers, etc.

GSE Staff & Faculty Affinity Groups

GSE's Staff & Faculty Affinity Groups are back! Spearheaded by Raquel M. Arredondo, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, the affinity groups support our school-wide DEI mission of bringing together our identities, ambitions, ideas, and commitment to create a culture of belonging. 

Be on the lookout for initiatives hosted by these groups throughout the year. To learn more and to join, please fill out the interest survey or reach out to the following affinity group co-chair(s).


Contact Penn GSE Human Resources

For any questions, concerns, or additional information regarding Human Resources topics, please contact us.


Kate Hellings
Chief People Officer
3440 Market Street, Office 355


Kristine Chin
HR Manager,

Training & Operations


3440 Market Street, Office 353


Olivia Farkas 

HR Manager,

Recruitment & Retention
3440 Market Street, Office 354