Minority Groups | Penn embraces diversity
· August 30, 2011, 10:23 pm
Penn offers dozens of cultural and minority support groups to cater to its increasingly diverse student body.
There are five main coalitions for minority groups on campus: the United Minorities Council, the Latino Coalition, the Asian Pacific Student Coalition, UMOJA and the Lambda Alliance, each with its own campus resource center.
United Minorities Council
The UMC encompasses Caribbean, black, Asian, Arab, Latino and American Indian student groups. Check One, a group concerning multi-ethnic and multi-racial experiences, is also part of the UMC.
Asian Pacific Student Coalition
The Asian Pacific Student Coalition is the umbrella organization for Penn’s Asian and Asian American student groups. There are also many Asian-interest extracurriculars on campus including sororities and fraternities, the world’s first Hindi a cappella group, Penn Masala, and the Pan-Asian Dance Troupe.
The Latino Coalition is the overarching organization for Penn’s Latino groups. These groups also span a wide variety of interests on campus, from the Wharton Latino Undergraduate Association to the Onda Latina dance troupe.
UMOJA is the umbrella organization that works to unite students of the African diaspora. Its member organizations include the Black Student League, Onyx Senior Honor Society and African Rhythms dance and drumming group.
Penn’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender interest and support groups are united under the Lambda Alliance. These groups include the Queer Student Alliance and a Jewish-interest group called J-Bagel. The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center is located in the Carriage House at 3907 Spruce St.
The ARCH building at 3601 Locust Walk is home to the Pan-Asian American Community House, La Casa Latina and Makuu, the black student cultural center.
Greenfield Intercultural Center
The Greenfield Intercultural Center is located at 3708 Chestnut St., and is the main hub for minority and intercultural events and student groups.
Penn Women’s Center
The Penn Women’s Center — which serves as a resource for women on campus and addresses issues including discrimination and sexual violence through advocacy programs — is at 3643 Locust Walk.