The Office of the Chaplain and the Spiritual and Religious Life Center (SPARC) offers personal support, guidance and informal advising to all students in need. The Penn Chaplains also work in partnership with professional staff from a number of religious communities on campus to provide a range of religious, interfaith and wellness programs to serve the religious and spiritual needs of the entire Penn community, including students from all religious backgrounds and none.
The Albert M. Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) welcomes all students interested in diversity and fostering intercultural understanding on campus. The GIC teaches intercultural education and helps build cultural competency skills through courses for credit, workshops and collaborative programs. The center is also home to student organizations such as the United Minorities Council and Natives at Penn, as well as organizations that support first generation students such as the Penn KIPP program, Quest Scholars and PennFirst. GIC provides funding, programmatic support and advising to students in these organizations.
La Casa Latina is a crossroad of academic, personal and professional growth for University of Pennsylvania students interested in Latin@ and Latin American cultures. Through advising, leadership development, social and cultural programming, La Casa expands student access to the University’s resources to achieve their fullest potential.
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at Penn, one of the oldest and most active programs of its kind in the country, supports sexual and gender minorities and their allies. Established in 1982, the Center provides a variety of services throughout the year for and concerning Penn's queer student, faculty and staff community. All are welcome.
Makuu 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, cultural and social programming, the center expands student access to the University's resources. As the parent center of Umoja, the University of Pennsylvania's coalition of black student activity groups, Majuu advises the student leaders of the many academic, cultural, performance and faith groups on campus. Makuu also provides a space for the University community to engage and learn about the African Diaspora.
Founded in 2000, The Pan-Asian American Community House is a place where South Asian, East Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander cultures are celebrated alongside American identities. PAACH assists students as they explore campus life, strive for academic excellence, and seek out leadership opportunities. With partners in the Asian American Studies Program and other Penn cultural resource centers, PAACH advances the Vice Provost for University Life’s mission to help students reach their fullest potential through diverse academic, personal and professional experiences.Through advising, leadership development, advocacy, social and cultural programming, PAACH expands student access to the University’s resources.
The Penn Women's Center's mission is to understand and address the evolving needs of all women at the University of Pennsylvania, redress gender inequity and, in so doing, support and advance women's personal and professional development and empower them to reach their fullest potential. We sponsor programs on career development, stress management, parenting, sexual violence prevention, health and wellness alongside events highlighting women writers, activists, artists and political and professional leaders. We play an advocacy role regarding issues of gender equity, health, childcare, workplace discrimination, domestic and sexual violence, and mental health.