Penn’s seven Cultural Resource Centers — the LGBT Center, Pan-Asian American Community House, La Casa Latina, Greenfield Intercultural Center, Makuu: The Black Cultural Center, Penn Women’s Center, and the Spiritual and Religious Life Center — offer students a place to find a community for support and growth.
Last year, Penn began renovations on the Arts Research and Culture House and dedicated it as the home to the University’s main minority coalition groups and cultural centers. Students and administrators spoke about the significance of the ARCH building in a grand reopening event last fall, but some added that the University could be doing more to amplify the voices of marginalized students.
“It’s a move in the right direction,” College senior Timethius Terrell previously told The Daily Pennsylvanian. “We should never stop pushing for more space for marginalized communities.”
The LGBT Center, located on 3907 Spruce St., serves as a sociopolitical center for individuals and student groups. With mentorship programs, catered events, and open spaces, students are free to explore and discuss their identities. There will be a first-year welcome reception on Aug. 24 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Center.
PAACH celebrates Asian, East Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander cultures. Since its founding in 2000, PAACH has hosted hundreds of performances, events, and service opportunities. PAACH will hold its open house on Sept. 21 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Suite G22 of the ARCH building.
La Casa Latina seeks to raise awareness of Latinx topics, culture, and selfhood across campus through events such as the March of Flags and Lightning Talks. La Casa Latina will host its open house on Sept. 15 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the ARCH.
The GIC focuses on fostering intercultural understanding among students and developing leadership skills in an interconnected world. The Center — located 3708 Chestnut St. — will hold its open house on Aug. 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Makuu is dedicated to fostering initiatives, concepts, and engagement for Black students on campus. Makuu’s professional and student staff also provides academic, social, and cultural support for members and organizations. The open house for Makuu is scheduled for Sept. 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the ARCH.
The Women's Center advocates for issues such as gender equity, childcare, and workplace discrimination. Additionally, it offers resources relating to domestic and sexual violence, mental health, and career development. The Women’s Center will host its open house on Sept. 13 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 3643 Locust Walk.
The Spiritual and Religious Life Center is a home on campus for students with an interest in religious and spiritual exploration. SPARC hosts events throughout the semester and is located at 240 Houston Hall.