Diversity-Focused Student Organizations

At Penn GSE

Korean Student Association (KSA) was established to help students interested in Korea share information related to academia as well as life in Philadelphia and at Penn. They hold regular meetings to discuss current educational issues in Korea and in the States. For more information, please contact Yongsu Park at penngsekorea@gmail.com.

Out-Ed is a student organization that aims to create a welcoming, supportive and safe environment for LGBTQQIAPP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual and polyamorous) and allied students, faculty and staff in Penn GSE.  We facilitate open and honest dialogue around gender and sexuality issues in education, and provide educational and social programming for all.  OutEd hopes to encourage positive social change in GSE and beyond, by promoting our four core tenets of advocacy, academic dialogue, education and community outreach. For more information, please contact GSEOutEd@gmail.com and/or like us on â€‹Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UPennOutEd.

Part Time Students Association (PTSA) The PTSA is a forum for all part-time students within GSE, across divisions and degrees, to gather and meet one another, offer support, and get more involved in the GSE community. We try to offer a range of activities at different times of the day and days of the week to reach out to the broadest population of students and schedules. Please join us! Contact Stephanie Consoli (sconsoli@nursing.upenn.edu) or Amy Benson (ambenson@mail.med.upenn.edu) for more information or any questions/suggestions.

Students Confronting Racism and White Privilege (SCRWP) provides a discussion space for those who are interested in engaging in conversations surrounding racism. The group was founded by white students with the purpose of confronting their own white privilege. Today, SCRWP is a multiracial coalition of students examining race-related issues in ourselves, our schools, and our society. The group provides a space to do internal work on race and identity that often doesn't happen in classrooms. The only requirement is a desire to take an anti-racist stance in learning about race and whiteness, and a willingness to face discomfort, uncertainty, or anger in the process. For more info, contact scrwp.gse@gmail.com.

TC@Penn (Teaching Chinese@Penn) is a student organization within the Graduate School of Education. In order to promote Chinese language and culture, we offer free Chinese language classes and tutoring to students at Penn. We also host teacher-training workshops for teachers who serve for TC@Penn and other cultural workshops and events open to all students. Currently, we are looking for graduate students who are interested in promoting Chinese culture and language. For more info, please contact Yuting Wang yutingw@gse.upenn.edu. 

UPenn TESOL Taiwanese Student Association (UTTSA) provides a forum where students can discuss how to combine TESOL theories with practice, how to improve English skills, and how to manage course work. UTTSA also coordinates networking opportunities with alumni, where current students can learn about their work experiences and the PhD application process. For more info, please contact Shu-Shan Cheng at chengshu@gse.upenn.edu.

We Support Diversity of Mind (WSDM) was founded to enhance the overall community for students of color at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE). Through academic, social/networking, and community engagement events, WSDM provides support, awareness, and leadership opportunities for Penn GSE students of color; and seeks to build bridges to faculty and alumni of color to maximize the student learning experience. For more information, please contact Ufuoma Abiola at gse.wsdm@gmail.com.


Graduate Inter-School Activities Council (GISAC) is an autonomous committee of GAPSA. GISAC includes ethnic, cultural and sports clubs. Contact: 251 Houston Hall, 215-898-3150.

Black Graduate And Professional Student Assembly (BGAPSA) is a federation of African American graduate students at Penn. Members are drawn from all 12 schools and serve as the main political voice for black students. To learn more, go to http://www.dolphin.upenn.edu/bgapsa/. Contact: 251 Houston Hall, 215-898-1495.

Lambda Grads provides social, educational and political activities for students from the 12 schools. The group meets every Friday night in Houston Hall. To learn more, go to http://www.dolphin.upenn.edu/lgrads/. Contact: Lesbian, Gay and Bi-Sexual Alliance, 243 Houston Hall, 215-898-5270.

Jewish Graduate Student Network is a program of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, serves all of the Jewish graduate and professional students in Philadelphia through campus and city events. For more info, go to http://jewishgrads.org/grad.

Muslim Student Association (Friday prayer 1pm, 245 Houston Hall) For more information, go to http://www.upennmsa.org/. Contact: Muslim Student Association, Houston Hall Information Center, Houston Hall 1st Floor Lobby, 267-324-8484.

The Latin American Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (LAGAPSA) enhances the quality of life for graduate and professional students of Latin American, Latino, and/or Hispanic descent at the University of Pennsylvania through a centralized, campus-wide organizational structure that addresses their academic, social, political, and cultural needs and concerns through programming, services, and advocacy. To learn more, go to https://upennlagapsa.wordpress.com  | Contact: lagapsa.upenn@gmail.com

International Student Organizations

Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Penn strives to improve the mutual understanding and friendship among CSSAP members, to protect members' legal rights, to provide members with necessary services, and to contribute to cultural diversity of the Penn community. For more info, go to http://www.cssap.org/. Contact: cssapsurvey@yahoo.com.

Korean Graduate Student Association introduces Korean culture and tradition to the University of Pennsylvania community. For more info, go to http://www.pennkogsa.org.

Turkish Student Association provides a platform for bringing Turkish community in Philadelphia together, for promoting exchange of information, and for introducing Turkish culture and Turkey to international community. For more information, go to http://www.dolphin.upenn.edu/turks/. Contact: turks@dolphin.upenn.edu.