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The Gamba Family Red and Blue Exchange (RBX) at U Penn

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As an extension of our commitment to improve education and increase the opportunity for marginalized students to change the trajectory of their lives, starting in 2020 we began underwriting a program at The University of Pennsylvania to foster discussions among differing political views.  Our program is called the Red and Blue Exchange (RBX). It’s a foundational piece of Penn’s Stavros Niarchos Paideia Program which strives to integrate wellness, service and citizenship through dialogue. The RBX is a nod to the beloved colors of Penn, and to the colors embedded in our nation’s politics. RBX pursues transformative learning, enlightened leadership and the discovery of common ground. It shines a light on the world through different lenses, to mutually empower a path to remedy polarization. When John and Mary Anne Gamba described their interest in strengthening higher education by productively engaging opposing views, they said, “We hope students will delve into some of the most challenging topics currently facing society, learn to navigate the many different perspectives that exist around those topics, and find effective solutions to influence change – both in their time at Penn, and later in their careers.”  Our Red and Blue Exchange program was featured in an article in the March 31, 2022 Washington Post Sunday Magazine.


The Gamba Family Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit established in 2006 by John and Mary Anne Gamba with commitment to the power of education.