Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is not only a public good—it is also very good for Penn. Our quest for eminence depends on great minds that represent a wide array of perspectives and backgrounds.

President Amy Gutmann

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.

President Gutmann’s Statement on Diversity

Understanding and appreciating diversity is fundamental to success in today’s world.  It is fundamental to the education we provide at Penn and one of our University’s most important priorities.

Read statement on Diversity

35th Anniversary Celebration Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center

The University of Pennsylvania Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center’ is hosting a 35th Anniversary Celebration and rededication of the Carriage House in honor of founding director Bob Schoenberg upon his retirement on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Penn LGBT Center Invitation

Native American Studies at Penn

Promoting research and education to foster cross-cultural understanding of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. 

Go to the Native American Studies at Penn website

The Weingarten Learning Resources Center

The Weingarten Learning Resources Center assists students with disabilities.

  • Office of Learning Resources
  • Student Disability Services

 

Visit The Weingarten Learning Resources Center website
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EVENTS

Special Exhibition: Moundbuilders

Aug. 1, 2017–Dec. 30, 2017

Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

Moundbuilders explores the fascinating story of Native American moundbuilding through a variety of photographs, artifacts, archival materials, and excavation records.

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ACTION PLAN FOR FACULTY DIVERSITY AND EXCELLENCE

Faculty Inclusion Report (PDF)

Penn Medicine "simply because"

Read the annual report

Penn Compact 2020

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Diversity at Penn

Penn has a number of policies and initiatives that support its efforts to foster inclusive excellence.  Diversity and inclusion related data, progress reports on initiatives, a timeline of selected milestones, and stories about members of the Penn community are available here.

Policies, Reports, Data and more
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Academic Programs

Academic departments and centers offer research and talks that explore issues related to diversity and inclusion.  Additionally, the University’s schools, programs and centers offer programming to educate and support inclusive excellence and the intellectual and interpersonal development of its students, faculty, and staff.

Programs and Resource Offices
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Videos of Diversity

Inclusion and diversity are the focus of a number of videos that illuminate the University’s commitment and the journeys of members of the community.

Diversity Videos
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Administrative Offices and Co-curricular Resources

Students, faculty and staff belong to organizations and affinity groups that provide opportunities to explore dimensions of diversity, share their stories,  offer support and mentorship, and educate themselves and others about particular dimensions of inclusion.

Affinity Organizations and groups

Towards Inclusion: Diversity at Penn