Racial Empowerment Collaborative discussion

Academic Programs

A list of academic programs across Penn schools that advance Penn’s goal of achieving excellence through diversity.

Local, National, and Global Engagement

News and information about initiatives that advance the University-wide goal of impacting an array of individuals and communities at home and around the world.

Administrative and Co-curricular Programs

A list of programs that support and enrich the intellectual, cultural, and social diversity of Penn’s campus.

The Racial Empowerment Collaborative at Penn GSE 

The Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC) is a research, program development, and training center that brings together community leaders, researchers, authority figures, families, and youth to study and promote racial literacy and health in schools and neighborhoods. 

School-Specific Student Organizations

A list of undergraduate and graduate student organizations that ensure inclusion and diversity within specific Penn schools.

Student, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Resources

A list of resource offices, committees, organizations, and groups, which support, encourage, and advocate for diverse members of the Penn community.

Projects for Progress

Projects for Progress awards prizes to support proposals by teams of students, faculty, and staff designed to promote equity and inclusion and to make a direct impact in Philadelphia. 

students in a classroom gathered around laptops


“The diversity of our university must reflect the diversity of the world around it — and the diversity of the world that we want our students to lead.”

—Penn PRESIDENT Amy Gutmann
three students on laptops

Penn Compact

The Penn Compact 2022 affirms inclusion as a means toward the essential ends of higher education: equalizing opportunity, educating leaders for all sectors of society, and enriching the experience of all members of the University community.

students walking over the 38th street bridge

Diversity & Inclusion

Across 12 Schools, more than 25,000 students, and more than 4,000 faculty members, Penn becomes 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.

Diversity (Fall 2020)

54%

of the Class of 2024 identify as Black, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American

55%

of all currently enrolled students are women
Students
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Campaign for Community

The Campaign for Community aims to strengthen our Penn community by finding ways to discuss and understand key issues that may appear to be difficult or intractable.

Rev. Charles Howard speaks to a diverse crowd of students on College Green

Social Equity & Community

Penn President Amy Gutmann established the Office of Social Equity & Community to promote awareness, communication, collaboration, research, and programming that advance the University’s mission of fostering social equity, diversity, and inclusion. This team works in concert with offices across the university and with local community partners to identify new opportunities for progress, and also to recognize ongoing initiatives by students, faculty, and staff.