Diversity Timeline 1920s


Raymond Pace Alexander

Thursday, January 1, 1920

The School of Fine Arts was established.

Psi chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha African American fraternity founded.

Raymond Pace Alexander graduated from the Wharton School and later Harvard Law School. Alexander, a renowned Philadelphia lawyer, argued a number of cases concerning racial discrimination and was one of the more distinguished African American alumni.

Saturday, January 1, 1921

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences established a graduate level course in business, leading to the Master of Business Administration degree.

Tuesday, January 1, 1924

After graduating from Penn, Howard Hamilton Mackey (B. Arch '24, M. Arch '37), trained 65% of all African American architects in North America as a professor of architecture at Howard University for 50 years.

The Philadelphia Branch of the United Synagogue of America organized the Jewish Students' Association at Penn, located at the "Jewish Students' House" 3613 Locust Street. The house served as a dormitory, Kosher dining room, and a social center for Jewish students.

Thursday, January 1, 1925

The Christian Association started a summer camp for girls requiring a 50/50 distribution of white and non-white students.

Friday, January 1, 1926

The 22nd Annual Conference of the Chinese Students Alliance (Eastern Section) in the USA was held at Penn on September 9-14, 1926.

International News

Saturday, January 1, 1927

Elmer T. Thompson, Director of International House, wrote an introduction and welcome for the "International Students House News." In the brochure were club listings for Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, German and South American students. Events throughout the year included lectures hosted by various groups on their respective cultures. For example: "Social and Economic Aspects of South America," and "German Night." The South American Students Club wrote, "The dogma of our South American Students Club shall be to offer the generous hand of friendship to all the peoples of the earth, convinced that if it is really true that order and internal peace repose on the truth 'that hatred is barren and that only love is fertile,' this truth acquires the character and firmness of a dogma in international relations."

The Graduate School of the University established research work in Latin-American History.

Sunday, January 1, 1928

"The American Indian Club" sponsored activities with the International House, including "American Indian Nite" held at Houston Hall in January.

Tuesday, January 1, 1929

The University hosted a group of Argentineans sent to promote cultural relations between Argentina and North America. During the visit Penn and the Scientific Society of Argentina exchanged various publications, noted as "a distinctly forward step toward the establishment of closer intellectual" ties between countries.