Diversity & Inclusion Resources

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 and make use of the resources listed on this page.

University Life Cultural Centers

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.

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.

Student Disability Services

The Office of Student Disability Services works closely with students who self-identify in order to ensure equal access to all University programs activities and services.

Student Health Service (SHS) Diversity & Inclusion Resources

SHS values diversity and welcomes students and patients from diverse backgrounds. SHS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status.

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.

Office of Affirmative Action

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.

Successful Transition and Empowerment Program (STEP)

STEP is a pre-orientation and first-year readiness program that supports the success of historically underrepresented Wharton students. Designed to cater to a diverse student population, STEP introduces incoming students to important Wharton and Penn resources, fosters connection and community, and helps participants build skills to effectively navigate college, both academically and socially. Students are invited to join STEP the summer before their first year.

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.