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 currently closed; will reopen in the Fall 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.


Round Table Discussions

Friday, April 20, 2018, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Graduate Student Center Room 305

The Graduate Student Center is organizing a series of discussions/listening sessions on topics of particular concern to graduate students. The three-part series will cover mentoring on March 20th, sexual harassment on April 10th, and diversity on April 20th. 

The goal is to provide space for students to share their concerns and ideas and for us to be able to (anonymously) share that with the President's and Provost’s Offices. Lunch will be served.

The sessions are as follows:

Mentoring Listening and Discussion Session, Tuesday, March 20 from 12-1PM

Dr. Anita Mastroieni, Executive Director for Graduate Education and Initiatives, will facilitate a conversation about the state of mentoring in graduate education at Penn. This session will include a discussion of how the University's standards on mentoring graduate students might develop and invites graduate students to give insight from their own experiences.

Sexual Harassment Listening and Discussion Session, Tuesday, April 10 from 12-1PM 

Jessica Mertz, Director of Penn Violence Prevention and Dr. Litty Paxton, Director of the Penn Women's Center, will lead a discussion about the University's sexual harassment policy and reporting procedures. This session will provide an opportunity for graduate and professional students to ask questions about the current policy and to provide feedback for improvements.

Diversity Listening and Discussion Session, Friday, April 20 from 12-1pm

Facilitated by Dr. Arnaldo Diaz, Director of the Office of Research and Diversity Training in Biomedical Graduate Studies, and Charquinta Sullivan, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Center, this discussion on diversity in Penn graduate schools will highlight initiatives designed to attract, retain, and support underrepresented graduate and professional students, and give students space to reflect on and share ideas around diversity and inclusion at Penn.


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.

Cantonese Chats
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Mandarin Chats
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Turkish Chats
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Spanish Chats
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Italian Chats

Monday, April 23, 2018, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Room 302 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

English Chats

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Conference Room (2nd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

WellnessFest Spring 2018

Aroma Therapy

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Come make your own aroma therapy sachet. Supplies will be set out at 12:00 PM and a guided session with an aroma therapy specialist will take place from 4:00-6:00 PM.

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