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Cultural Resources Centers

Enriching the education of every Penn student, regardless of race or background, Penn’s six cultural resource 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 Latinx 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 Latinxs/Hispanics locally, nationally, and internationally.

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

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center’s mission is to enrich the experiences, foster success, celebrate victories, and affirm the existence of Penn’s LGBTQ+ undergraduates, professional and graduate students, staff, faculty, and alum using the lenses of social justice and intersectionality.  Through education, support, and advocacy, the Center cultivates a campus climate where all students, regardless of their gender or sexual identity, can live authentically. 

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Makuu: The Black Cultural Center

Makuu: The Black Cultural Center is a nexus of academic, professional and personal growth for University of Pennsylvania students interested in Black culture and the African Diaspora. Through advising, leadership development, network facilitation, and cultural programming, we expand student access to the University’s resources, enhancing our campus and global communities

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Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH)

The Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) is a hub of academic, personal, and professional growth for University of Pennsylvania students interested in Asian American culture and the Asian American Diaspora. Through advising, leadership development, advocacy, social and cultural programming we expand student access to the University’s resources. As a center with an educational mission, PAACH works with its academic partner, Penn’s Asian American Studies (ASAM) Program, to provide co-curricular events focusing on Asian American research, culture, history, politics and social issues. As a community center, PAACH develops and implements innovative programs for leadership development and community service in close collaboration with student and community groups. In addition to advocacy for students (undergraduate, graduate and professional), PAACH also strives to partner and collaborate with Asian American and Pacific Islander alumni, staff, and faculty.

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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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