On July 1, 2022, Liz Magill, a scholar of administrative and constitutional law and an inspiring leader, became Penn's ninth President.
Diversity and Inclusion
"Penn is a place with deep-seated values that reflect respect for all and a sincere commitment to service, to diversity in all its forms, and to creating conditions where all can thrive so we can as a Penn community have our greatest impact on the world."President Liz Magill
Across 12 Schools, more than 25,000 students, and more than 4,000 faculty members, we become one university: a wide-ranging, ever-changing community that draws its strength from a multitude of races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, historical traditions, ages, religions, disabilities, veteran status, interests, perspectives, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Penn’s Projects for Progress was launched in 2020 and has awarded funding of up to $100,000 to support the efforts of teams of students, faculty, and staff designed to promote equity and inclusion and to make a direct impact in Philadelphia.
In the spring of 2022, Penn began a multi-phased planning project to Reimagine the ARCH (Arts Research and Culture House) for its cultural resource centers and affiliated groups.
For 35 years, GIC has served as Penn’s resource for enhancing student’s intercultural knowledge, competency, and leadership. The center offers experiential courses for credit, signature intercultural programs, and other services related to diversity and intercultural education.
Fueling Business Growth is tied to a multi-faceted action plan aimed at strengthening relationships, and expanding access to resources, with local, diverse and minority-owned businesses.
ISSS (International Student & Scholar Services) offers 3 tracks of iCommunicate trainings. Request a training for your group, office or department. Open to all Penn students, scholars, faculty and staff.
Communities for Childbirth, founded by Seungwon (Lucy) Lee C’23, was among the 2023 President’s Engagement and President’s Innovation Prize winners. The international organization empowers maternal and child health in Jinja, Uganda.
The student-developed app takes users on a tour of slavery's legacy at Penn in six stops, each telling a story through an augmented reality (AR) experience. The tour relates to specific locations on Penn's University City Campus.
The Penn Spectrum Weekend conference focuses on cultural identity and intersectional issues faced by the Black, Latinx, Native, Asian, LGBTQ+, Muslim, and first-generation, low-income communities. All members of the Penn community including alums, undergraduates, and graduate students may participate.
In 2023 topics ranged from antisemitism to genetic ancestry tests and race.