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.

Featured Programs & Resources

Penn President Liz Magill photographed in her College Hall office

Penn President Liz Magill

On July 1, 2022, Liz Magill, a scholar of administrative and constitutional law and an inspiring leader, became Penn's ninth President.

Projects for Progress - Office of Social Equity and Community

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.

penn president liz magill at the ribbon cutting for the arch building renovation

Reimagining the ARCH

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.

Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC)

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.

Supplier Diversity & Inclusion program principals

Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Program

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.

Students participate in ICommunicate trainings at Greenfield Intercultural Center

iCommunicate Intercultural Training

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.

Penn Medicine Service in Action - Community Impact Report

Annual report

News & Events

Screen capture of the Penn & Slavery augmented reality app interface

Penn & Slavery Augmented Reality App

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.

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Penn Spectrum Weekend

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.

Composite image of 2023 School of Arts and Science 60 Second Lecture series speakers


School of Arts and Sciences 60-Second Lectures

In 2023 topics ranged from antisemitism to genetic ancestry tests and race.