As a site of learning through cross-cultural activism, reflection, and dialogue the Greenfield Intercultural Center supports various co-curricular educational and cultural programs. Programs vary in length, from spring break trips to residential programs in which students may participate for one to three years.

Full Academic Year

First-Gen, Lower-Income (FGLI)

The First-Generation, Lower-Income (FGLI) Program is housed at the Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC), part of the Division of the Vice Provost for University Life. This program provides a supportive and inclusive learning environment for scholars from low-income backgrounds who are the first in their families to attend college. Staff address students’ academic, personal, and social transition needs while facilitating community-building and a sense of belonging at Penn.

Natives at Penn (NAP)

The GIC provides student support services to Native students at Penn. In collaboration with faculty, alumni and community members, the center assists in identifying resources to support and enrich the lives of Native students at Penn. In addition, the center works to increase understanding of Native issues on campus and beyond.


Fall Semester

Intercultural Leadership Program

Every year, new international and domestic students (both undergraduate and graduate) are invited to be part of the Intercultural Leadership Program. This program has been designed to foster an intercultural community of leaders who are ready to take on issues they are passionate about, learn more about communities different than their own, and make a lasting impact at Penn and beyond.

Spring Semester

Alliance for Understanding (AU), is a program that explores the Civil Rights movement and the intercultural partnership between Blacks and Jews. Successful applicants participate in a retreat, a series of lectures and an alternate spring break trip to four cities in the South. Following the trip students plan campus programs and lessons and workshops on civil rights in local schools. Read more