The Cultural Resource Centers (CRCs) in University Life are an integral component in the historical fabric of the Penn community and the culturally responsive, identity-based development of students’ experiences. In addition to the CRCs, the division engages in critical conversations about anti-racism, inclusivity and what it means to create belonging on campus.
Cultural Resource Centers
The Albert M. Greenfield Intercultural Center
The Albert M. 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 for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina
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.
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center (LGBT Center) mission is to enrich the experiences, foster the 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.
The Black Cultural Center
Makuu: The Black Cultural 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.
The Pan-Asian American Community House
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.
The 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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