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Cultural Resources Centers

Enriching the education of every Penn student, regardless of race or background, Penn’s six cultural resources centers support exploration and celebration of culture and identity—across the curriculum and in daily life. The centers provide a forum for anyone interested in testing ideas, asking tough questions, and initiating change.

Greenfield Intercultural Center

The Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) fosters intercultural understanding on campus through cross cultural activism, reflection, and dialogue. GIC’s numerous co-curricular educational and cultural programs bring together diverse groups to raise awareness of the rich traditions and diversity within the Penn community and highlight our need for shared understanding. The center also provides consultation, guidance, workshops for affiliated student groups, organizations, college houses, and schools on diversity and cultural competency issues.

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The Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina

The Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina promotes greater awareness of Latino issues, culture, and identity at Penn. La Casa Latina works closely with the Penn community to offer a supportive environment where all students are welcomed and engaged in programs, events, and dialogues that address important issues affecting Latinos/Hispanics locally, nationally, and internationally.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Center (LGBT)

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center enriches the experience and fosters the success of Penn’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. The LGBT Center assists faculty, staff, and alumni in their efforts to serve students and increases the general Penn community’s awareness, understanding, and acceptance of its sexual and gender minority members through outreach and education, supportive services for individuals and campus organizations, and advocacy for sensitive, inclusive University policies and practices.

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Makuu: The Black Cultural Resource Center

Makuu seeks to enrich and support the principles of diversity and community in Penn student life, with an emphasis on students of African descent. Makuu utilizes the seven principles of Kwanzaa to provide support and guidance to individuals and student groups and aims to identify student evidenced challenges, enhance collaborative efforts among students, and become a repository of Penn resources that will increase students’ academic, intellectual social, cultural and professional success.

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Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH)

The Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) serves as the central resource for advising East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander American students, student organizations, and their activities, as well as those interested in the Asian American diaspora. PAACH provides co-curricular events focusing on Asian American research, culture, history, politics and social issues, and develops and implements innovative programs for leadership development in close collaboration with student and community groups, faculty and staff.

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Penn Women’s Center

The Penn Women’s Center (PWC) seeks to foster community, expand awareness, and enhance the educational experience for the women of Penn. PWC supports and advocates for Penn women and presents and sponsors programs on issues important to them, including career, health and wellness, safety, economic, political, and global matters.

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