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.

Advanced English Lessons

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 The Grad Center is offering an Advanced English Lesson course for graduate students for  Spring 2019. Classes will begin January 28th and end May 6th. Advanced lessons are appropriate for students whose native language is not English. The lessons will build control of advanced grammatical structures, develops ability to communicate by using various forms of expressions in different environments and discover the American culture.

Due to limited space, this class is only open to current graduate and professional students.

Do you have children or spouses/partners that you would like to attend the lessons with you? Sign up for the Family Center’s Advanced English Lesson class where your family can enjoy the play center with adult supervision. Kids are welcome in the class but they must be watched by the caregiver attending class. 

Advanced registration is required, space is limited. Click "Show Dates" above to register. Email questions to

Community Impact Fund Events

The Grad Center Community Impact Fund was designated by University Provost Vincent Price 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 supported with this fund.

Ethnography in Education Research Forum

Friday, February 22, 2019, 12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
Graduate School of Education

2019 Ethnography in Education Research Forum

The Ethnography in Education Research Forum at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education invites submissions for its 2019 Annual Meeting and the celebration of the Forum's 40th anniversary. The Forum welcomes scholars at all career stages seeking a supportive venue for sharing their ethnographic work at various stages of development. 

The Ethnography Forum is internationally recognized for its encouragement of original and in-depth ethnographic research on education broadly defined, within and outside the context of schooling. The Forum provides a space for ethnographers in a range of disciplines and fields to come together across generations to share and learn from each other and, in so doing, to become part of a broader intellectual community. Coordinated by current and former graduate students in collaboration with faculty members, the Forum is committed to advancing systematic, rigorous, and engaged inquiry and to involving students in all phases of the meeting.

For more details and to register, visit:


The African Diaspora in Latin America: Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Caster Building (3701 Locust Walk), Room D27

Join Afro-Latinx at Penn and co-sponsors BGWA and LAGAPSA to discuss the presence of Afrodescendents living throughout Latin America / the Caribbean, their erasure from Latinx spaces, and the contributions they have made throughout the Americas. This event is graciously funded by the Community Impact Fund.

Dinner will be provided, please register in advance. Questions?Contact

Supporting Autistic Grad Students Panel

Monday, March 25, 2019, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Irvine Auditorium, Amado Recital Room

Please join us for a catered lunchtime panel discussion (chaired by Prof. Nancy Hirschmann) for autistic students, their allies, and faculty, staff, and administrators. This hour-long discussion will explore questions unique to autistic students participating in graduate programs and provide recommendations of best practices to their peers and advisors.

The panel consists of:

Morénike Sheri Giwa (EdD(c); MA. Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network)

Dean Wendy Hensel (dean and professor of law at Georgia State University)

Dr. Scott Robertson (PhD. co-founder, Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Policy Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, US Dept of Labor)

Prof. Chloe Silverman (Director of the Center for Science, Technology and Society. Associate professor in the Department of Politics, Drexel University)

More details and a registration link can be found here (

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.

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.



English Chat
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Mandarin Chat
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Russian Chat
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Korean Chat
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French Chats
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Spanish Chat
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Farsi Chats
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Hindi-Urdu Chat
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Cantonese Chats
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Italian Chat
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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