Student Groups

The GIC was initiated by and for students in 1984. Founded in response to the United Minorities Council’s 1978 petition, the GIC provides support to the United Minorities Council (UMC) and to its many constituent student groups. We have since expanded our support for many other intercultural student groups. You can learn more about them below.


The United Minorities Council (UMC) is an undergraduate student coalition of Penn’s cultural and ethnic student groups. The UMC also hosts two major university-wide events during the academic year: Unity Week in the fall and Celebration of Cultures in the spring.

Penn First is a student organization at the University of Pennsylvania for first-generation college students and students from a low-income background. Our goal is to build a community for all FGLI students on campus by providing support through social events, professional development resources, and creating brave spaces for conversation.

Learn more at https://pennfirst.weebly.com
Contact: pennfirstboard@gmail.com

The Assembly of International Students (AIS) is a student group that is run and represented by students of global backgrounds, whether international or not. AIS offers mentorship programs, parties and social events, conferences and alumni networking events, and the Student Ambassador Program.

Learn more at https://www.aisupenn.org/

Natives at Penn (NAP), originally founded in 1994, is a student organization representing Native and Indigenous students on Penn’s campus. NAP works to increase awareness of contemporary Indigenous issues and host Penn’s Annual Powwow every year.

Learn more at https://sites.google.com/view/natives-at-penn/home

Collective Success at Penn (CSAP) is the Penn Chapter of the Collective Success Network, a Philadelphia-based organization focused on empowering first-generation low-income (FGLI) students attending colleges and universities in the Greater
Philadelphia area. CSAP organizes professional development events and
programs for students to cultivate leadership skills, and to foster a strong
social support within the FGLI community.

Contact: Catherine Huang (cathuang@nursing.upenn.edu)

Quest Scholars at Penn is a campus chapter of QuestBridge Scholars Network (QSN), a national community for individuals who were both selected as National College Match Finalists and attend QuestBridge college partners. By collaborating with other FGLI organizations and Penn administrators, we offer various events that cover everything from career and academics to social life and mentorship. As a chapter, we hope to bring QuestBridge Scholars at Penn
together to foster a stronger community and personal relationships, advocate for their needs, and provide all support necessary to allow QuestBridge Scholars thrive.

Instagram: @pennquestbridge
Contact: Annie Vo (annievo@wharton.upenn.edu)

FGLI DAB
The First-Generation, Low-Income (FGLI) Dean’s Advisory Board is a student group at Penn that serves the purpose of hearing the academic and social challenges of FGLI students and subsequently discussing them with College Dean Paul Sniegowski and other administrators. From there, we introduce and carry out solutions for said problems. We are very excited to get to know FGLI students from all years and to start creating a safe space where students can
feel comfortable talking to us. Our primary focus is in the College, but we do advocate for all FGLI students across the four undergraduate schools.

If you have any questions, please email us at fglidab1984@gmail.com

FGLI Queer (FGLIQ)
FGLIQ is a student organization committed to fostering and supporting a community of queer students who identify as first generation and/or low income (FGLI). We are welcoming of all Penn students, including LPS
students, graduate students, and part-time students.

Contact: Steven Chen, scsteven@sas.upenn.edu and Eduardo Mejia-Garcia,
mejiaedu@sas.upenn.edu

FLITE (FGLI in Tech and Engineering) is a student organization that provides catered support, opportunities, and development for FGLI students at Penn passionate about technology and engineering. We provide resources, mentorship, and a community
for FGLI students in engineering to promote success and opportunities both professionally and academically.

Contact: Annie Vo, annievo@wharton.upenn.edu

iFGLI (International FGLI) is a student organization at the University of Pennsylvania for international lower income and/or first generation students
(iFGLIs). This group is looking to foster a community for all iFGLIs by recognizing the diversity of their backgrounds. Our
main goal is to provide support and to advocate for the needs of
every single iFGLI. We look forward to meeting you!

Contact: ifgli2020@gmail.com

Seven|Eight is a community that aims to engage with all FGLI AAPI
individuals in order to create a safe space for students to navigate the challenges associated with this unique identity at Penn. The group meets up for bimonthly community discussions to facilitate sustainable and impactful relationships.

Contact: Linda Chan
(cpeipei@sas.upenn.edu)


The Fellows for Building Intercultural Communities (FBIC) is a student-run organization that seeks to develop to bridge communities both on campus and with the West Philadelphia community.

The Race Dialogue Project (RDP) is a grassroots community of students whose goal is to explore the impact of race in society by creating campus awareness discussions regarding racial, socio-political and economic framework.

Penn for Immigrant Rights (PIR) is a social and political advocacy group dedicated to opening up the dialogue about undocumented immigrant issues facing many people in the United States.

Check One is Penn’s multicultural group that encourages the celebration and investigation of mixed heritage.