Penn Graduate Student Center

Navigating the Classroom

About Navigating the Classroom

Navigating the Classroom seeks to help graduate teaching assistants be successful in the classroom through workshops and resources. This program is cosponsored by Penn Graduate Student Center and GAPSA.

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Library offer extensive programming to assist graduate student teachers in the classroom.

Career Services

Walk-In Wednesdays with Career Services
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If you have a quick, career-related question, or want feedback on a CV, resume, or any job/internship application materials, then take this opportunity to meet with a Career Services graduate student/postdoc career advisor at the Graduate Student Center (room 303) every Wednesday from 12-2pm. We are looking forward to speaking with you! To find other walk-in hours offered at Career Services, visit:, and to schedule a 30-minute appointment with a career advisor specific to your School, visit


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.


Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students Ceremony & Reception

Thursday, May 03, 2018, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Teaching Workshops

Center for Teaching and Learning and the Graduate Student Center co-sponsor a series of workshops for graduate students, especially TAs, who are interested in learning and improving their teaching skills.

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