Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Students from an array of backgrounds and experiences make up the undergraduate community at Penn, creating a vibrant learning environment. Students are encouraged to explore the programs and make use of the resources below.

Successful Transition and Empowerment Program (STEP)

STEP includes a pre-orientation and programming across the four years to support the success of historically underrepresented students at Wharton. Designed to cater to a diverse student population, STEP introduces incoming students to Wharton and Penn resources, fosters connection and community, and helps participants build skills to effectively navigate college, both academically and socially.

Cultural Centers

DACA and Undocumented Student Resources

As part of Penn’s commitment to inclusion, the University provides access and support to undocumented students, including those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status.

Disability Services

The Weingarten Center works closely with students who self-identify in order to ensure equal access to all University programs activities and services.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

International Student and Scholar Services serves as a direct resource for all international students, undergraduate and graduate from across Penn.

Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs

The Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs is charged with ensuring that the university meets its obligations as an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer and educational institution.

Office of the Ombuds

The Ombuds Office welcomes any member of the Penn community who is experiencing difficulty, conflict, or confusion in his or her work, studies, or life at the university more broadly. We offer an accessible and safe place to resolve differences, explore matters of concern, get information, improve communication, or generate and evaluate options.

Penn First Plus

Penn First Plus (P1P) serves as the hub of university efforts to enhance the academic experiences of students who are the first in their families to pursue a four-year baccalaureate degree or come from modest financial circumstances.

Penn Hillel

Penn Hillel aims to connect students to new communities of friends, new approaches to Jewish wisdom and the next set of opportunities for personal and Jewish growth.

SPARC – The Spiritual & Religious Life Center

A home on campus for students interested in religious and spiritual study, meditation, and exploration.

This video (written and produced by the Wharton Alliance) contains definitions, explanations, and suggestions that can help you be more inclusive regarding the LGBTQ+ community and beyond!

The Undergraduate Division offers funding to support student-run events that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion and that inspire dialogue and community engagement. Learn more and apply for funding here.