Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania
Centers and Organizations

Prepared by Melanie Xu, Summer Research Fellow and University of Pennsylvania undergraduate
July 2017

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center.

Greenfield Intercultural Center Records, UPE 501

The GIC was established in 1984 to provide support for minority students – specifically, black-, Latino-, Asian-, and Native-American communities on campus. Its records consist of reports, minutes, and other documents from 1973 to 1995. These documents are from various student organizations, including, but not limited to, the Women's Center, the Black Student League, and more, the full listing of which can be found in the collection guide.

See also: Office of the President Records (UPA 4) Box 51, FF 46-52; Box 84, FF 7-8


International Students House News, UPA 9
Box 2, FF14
October 1927

This International House bulletin contains upcoming events, bulletins from student clubs, and news items from international faculty members.

See also: Office of the President Records (UPA 4) Box 13, FF 58; Box 33, FF 45; Box 89, FF 24; Box 180; Box 199; Box 297-298


Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at the University of Pennsylvania Records, UPE 502

Established in 1982, the LGBT Center provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied (LGBTQA) students, staff, and faculty on campus. Its records consist of news clippings from various publications on campus pertaining to LGBT issues, correspondence, event planning, policy making, and activism.
See also: Office of the President Records (UPA 4) Box 276, FF 4 – Gays and Lesbians at Penn


Office of the President Records. Martin Meyerson Administration, UPA 4 Meyerson
Box 326, FF 8-9

This collection consists of papers from President Martin Meyerson's office discussing the establishment of DuBois Residential Program (a residential space for students interested in black culture). This was met with much resistance from students and faculty who viewed this program as racial discrimination and a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. While correspondence with Meyerson's office form the vast majority of this collection, it also contains excerpts from newspapers/pamphlets and flyers.


Online Exhibit: "A Brief History of Global Engagement at Penn"

Describes the history of International House of Philadelphia, and its role as a support system for international students on Penn's campus.


Online Exhibit: "Study Abroad and Student and Faculty Exchanges/Visits"

Feature on the history of study abroad and foreign exchange programs at the University of Pennsylvania, separated by department/region.



Administration, Students, and Faculty


Women at Penn

Minorities at Penn

Significant Figures





Diversity at Penn: A Timeline

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