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The ARCH building on March 16, 2022. Credit: Derek Wong

Penn is home to seven Cultural Resource Centers — Greenfield Intercultural Center, La Casa Latina: the Center for Hispanic Excellence, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center (LGBT Center), Makuu: The Black Cultural Center, Pan-Asian American Community House, Penn Women’s Center, and the Spiritual and Religious Life Center — that aim to offer students from all backgrounds a support system and a community throughout the year.

This year, University leadership confirmed the expanded use of the Arts, Research, and Culture House building for the Cultural Resource Centers and affiliated groups. The grand opening of the ARCH Building will be held on Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 3601 Locust Walk. Each individual center will also host open houses during the first weeks of the semester to invite all interested students to learn more about their community. 

The Greenfield Intercultural Center offers resources, sponsors experiential courses and intercultural programs, and works to increase intersectionality at Penn. The center — located on 3708 Chestnut St. — will host its open house on Sept. 1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

La Casa Latina hosts prominent Latinx authors and runs events themed around issues impacting the local and broader Latinx communities. The house strives to support Latinx students and educate the Penn community about Latinx identity and culture. La Casa Latina will host its open house on Sept. 15 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the ARCH building. 

The LGBT Center is a home for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities at Penn. The LGBT Center offers peer mentorships, a calendar full of events, and serves as a social and political hub for the queer community on campus. The LGBT center — located on 3907 Spruce St. — will host its First Year and Transfer Student Open House on Aug. 26 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Makuu: The Black Cultural Center is a space that aims to cultivate activities, ideas, outreach, and support for Black students on campus. Makuu offers networking and programming, and advising opportunities for students, and educates about the African diaspora. Makuu will host its open house on Sept. 9 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the ARCH building.

The Pan-Asian American Community House is a center focused on education and community-building for South Asian, East Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander communities. PAACH houses leadership programs and holds community service events. PAACH will host its first open houses on Aug. 27 and Aug. 29 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the ARCH building.

Penn Women’s Center advocates for gender equity in health, childcare, and workplace spheres, and provides support for domestic and sexual violence and mental health. It sponsors professional development programs and hosts events centered around gender justice. The Women's Center — located at 3643 Locust Walk — will host its open house on Sept. 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Spiritual and Religious Life Center is a home on campus for students with an interest in religious and spiritual study, meditation, and exploration. SPARC hosts events throughout the semester and is located in 240 Houston Hall.