Penn Graduate Student Center

Intercultural Programs

About Intercultural Programs

Practice and improve your language skills as you join other graduate students in conversation!  Email if you are interested in serving as a volunteer chat coordinator.

Community Impact Fund Events and Application

Application for Funding

Applications open through Friday, May 17, 2019

The Grad Center Community Impact Fund was designated by the Provost's Office to support graduate student initiatives and activities that build a community of mutual respect and intercultural understanding on campus. In particular, activities that address racial, cultural, or gender-based bias are to be supported with this fund.


Queer Graduate Students of Color Dinner Social

Friday, October 26, 2018, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Join us on Friday, October 26th for the Queer Grads of Color (QGOC) Dinner Social! Master's, doctoral, and professional students of color who also identify as queer and/or trans inhabit the intersection of several underrepresented identities. QGOC was created with the goal of creating a more welcoming and inclusive campus climate for these students as they navigate a primarily white, cisgender, and heteronormative academic and professional space.
The QGOC Dinner Social is an opportunity to meet fellow queer graduate students of color from other departments over a delicious meal. Come one, come all for catered food, drinks, and - most importantly - great company. All are welcome!


Paint & Sip Night: Día de los Muertos

Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration end: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Waiting list only!

Join us for a lively night of sipping on sangria, painting pictures of sugar skulls, and reflecting on intercultural traditions around death, in celebration of "Día de los Muertos"! No painting experience is required. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available.

indigenizing the academy

Indigenizing the Academy

Monday, October 22, 2018, 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Irvine 110 - Amado Recital Hall

What does it mean to indigenize the academy? What is the role of students, faculty, and staff in fostering inclusion of indigenous knowledge, voices, and experiences within the Academy? How would an indigenized space mean for research, teaching, and working practices? Join Tiffany Cain; Anthropology PhD candidate, Dr Maggie McKinley (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe); Assistant Professor at Penn Law School; and Dr Ben Ototivo (Comanche); CAPS Staff Clinician) as they consider how scholars and staff across different disciplines can critically examine their research, teaching, and working practices in service of indigenization. 

Language Chats

Join other grad students for weekly informal language chats! These are not language classes, but are instead a fun way for speakers to practice their skills and meet new people. All participants should have conversation skills in the chat language they are attending.

Turkish Chat
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Arabic Chat
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Mandarin Chats
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German Chats
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Korean Chats
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Japanese Chats
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French Chats
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Cantonese Chats
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Russian Chats
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English Chats
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Spanish Chat
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Outside Events for Parents & Families

Family and Kids Programs at the Penn Museum

Penn Museum Family Programming

Families can create fun memories in the Penn Museum’s international galleries with a lineup of engaging programs geared toward visitors of all ages. Except where noted, programs are free with Museum admission donation ($15 general admission; $12 for seniors [65+]; $10 for full-time students [with ID] and children [6-17]; free for Penn Museum members, children under 6, active U.S. military and PennCard holders.

For the most updated information on family programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for online pre-registration (required for some programs) visit the Museum’s


World Culture Series and Family Saturdays bring the Museum collections to life, immersing visitors of all ages in music, dance, culinary arts, crafts, and cultural traditions from around the world. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM - 8PM
Friday: 9AM - 6PM
Saturday-Sunday: 12pm - 6pm

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221