Penn Resources


Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs

Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs provides central leadership and support for the University’s efforts to achieve an educational and work environment that is diverse.


African American Resource Center (AARC)

AARC aims to enhance the quality of life for Penn faculty, staff and students, with a particular emphasis on those of African descent.


Career Services

Career Services provides career planning and job search assistance to all Penn undergraduates and to graduate students except those pursuing MBA, MD, VMD, DMD and JD degrees.


Chaplain’s Office

Campus Health is the public health section of Student Health Service. We seek to improve health and well-being across campus through health policy, health education and promotion, and disease surveillance and prevention.


Christian Association

The Christian Association is a Protestant campus ministry with LGBT-friendly clergy and staff available for counseling, spiritual direction or as workshop leaders. The CA also provides a sexuality ministry called PassionWorks.


Civic House

Penn’s community service and learning collaborative which sponsors a variety of programs both on campus and in the Philadelphia community, including the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, Alternate Spring Break and PennCORP, a pre-orientation service project for first-year students.


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Sensitive and confidential counseling services are available free to Penn students, including those exploring their gender or sexual identity, concerned about their sexual orientation or having difficulty in a relationship. Referral to other counseling services in the Philadelphia community is also available.


Division of Public Safety (Penn Police)

The Division of Public Safety is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the campus community, integrating the best practices of public and private policing with state-of-the-art safety and security technology.



FGLI refers to first-generation, low-income, meaning, students who are the first in their families to go to college and/or who come from low-income households. The FGLI Program supports students’ academic, personal, and social transition needs while facilitating community-building and a sense of belonging.


Graduate Student Center

The Graduate Center provides social, cultural, academic, recreational, personal development and community service programs for grad students, as well as services to support students at Penn and in Philadelphia.


Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC)

The GIC serves as an intercultural resource by promoting institution-wide dialogues that raise awareness of the rich traditions and diversity within the Penn community while encouraging students to understand the importance of building a strong intercultural community.


Hillel at Steinhardt Hall

Hillel at Steinhardt Hall serves as the focus of Jewish communal activity on campus. A wide variety of social, intellectual, cultural, educational and religious programs serve the spectrum of interests and concerns of Jewish students and faculty.


La Casa Latina

La Casa Latina is a center devoted to developing greater awareness of Latino issues, culture and identity on Penn’s campus. The Center supports students through resources and services that foster the integration of their academic, social, cultural and community service activities to enrich their Penn experience.



Makuu creates resources for students by serving as a cultural hub for activities, activism and personal, professional and academic growth to increase students retention and connections to the Penn community. The center supports all students, with emphasis on students of African descent, by sustaining a common ground to discuss issues, advise students and their organizations and implement programs.


Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH)

PAACH is the University’s central resource for advising Asian American and Pacific Islander students, student organizations and their activities. As a center with an educational mission, PAACH works with its academic partner, the Asian American Studies Program (ASAM), to provide co-curricular events focusing on research, culture, history, politics and social issues.


Penn Violence Prevention

Penn Violence Prevention is a collaborative program managed by the Director of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education, housed in the Division of the Vice Provost of University Life. PVP aims to engage the Penn community in the prevention of sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking on campus.


Penn Women’s Center

The Penn Women’s Center (PWC) mission is to understand and address the continuing and evolving needs of women on Penn’s campus. Established in 1973 in response to women’s safety issues, it aids the University in ensuring women’s concerns are addressed and provides advising, advocacy, counseling/case management, crisis education programs, outreach policy development, support to campus women’s groups and networking opportunities. The PWC maintains a strict confidentiality policy with regard to individuals it counsels and advises.


Student Health Service (LGBTQ Health)

The Penn Student Health Service (SHS) is devoted to providing an inclusive environment and supporting a diverse Penn community. Our nondiscrimination policy ensures high quality services regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity (as does all of Penn).


University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Penn Libraries receive several LGBT periodicals and books. Contact David Azzolina, reference librarian at Van Pelt Library, for assistance regarding Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.

Update on Sexual Misconduct Policy

Of Record: University of Pennsylvania Sexual Misconduct Policy, Resource Offices and Complaint Procedures. As of August 2020, find the updated policies here.

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