Do you enjoy diverse environments?

Are you interested in talking about and promoting intercultural understanding?

Would you like to engage in cross-cultural advocacy and reflection?

If so, then the Greenfield Intercultural Center is where you belong.

GIC is...

Video

Mission

The Albert M. Greenfield Intercultural Center is Penn's resource for enhancing student's intercultural knowledge, competency, and leadership through our programs, advising, and advocacy.

History

Established in 1984 in response to the 1978 United Minorities Council's call for a campus center for minority students, the Albert M. Greenfield Intercultural Center was established in 1984.  Under the direction of the founding Director Rene Gonzalez, the Greenfield Intercultural Center's mission was twofold: to provide support for student of color and to foster intercultural understanding on campus. He and his family lived in the house behind GIC and cultivated a culture of close-knit community at GIC.  In addition to fostering intercultural understanding, the center was home to four major communities and helped establish ethnic heritage months and programs to celebrate the rich heritages of African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American communities. 

A decade ago, Penn expanded on the center's mission by adding three sister centers, Makuu the Black Cultural Center, La Casa Latina- Center for Hispanic Excellence and PAACH- the Pan Asian American Community House. As these vibrant centers began to absorb and increase programming to serve those communities, the GIC in turn expanded its support for Native communities and has reached out to newer communities such as Arab communities, Turkish students and international students. The center also offers numerous courses for credit, programs, and services designed to engage students around diversity and enhance their cultural competency skills for the 21st century. 

Faithful to its original mission, the center continues to serve as an intercultural incubator of new ideas and programs and a resource not only for students but also to the greater Penn community.

A home away from home...

Known fondly as the "GIC," the Greenfield Intercultural Center is more of a home than an institution. We provide a safe space for intercultural dialogue and interaction with students, faculty, staff and visitors from around the globe.

Come hungry, because like any family, we like to eat together. Sharing meals is a vital part of GIC's mission. We are passionate about serving the Penn community as an advocate of intercultural awareness, understanding, and appreciation and by building up student leaders.

Beyond breaking bread and hosting our annual Wellness Day, GIC staff mentor student groups and sponsor their events. We run training workshops, facilitate courses, support program development , and collaborate with a diverse collection of campus partners on special events.

Thank you for visiting our webpage!  If you would like to know more about us and what we do, you can navigate via the side-column menu , and then come to the center and check us out!  We hope to see you at the center soon.

 Meet the Staff

valerie_crop.jpgpatr_crop.JPG
Vanessa_Iyua_crop.jpgJackie_crop.jpg

Valerie De Cruz

Director

Patricia Soria

Admin Assistant

Vanessa Iyua

Associate Director

Jacqueline Amparo

Associate Director for Equity and Access


johnnidis-chris_crop.jpg

_MG_1921__crop.jpg

wly_crop.jpg

Xu_Li_crop.jpg

Chris Johnnidis

Program Associate

Laura Flippin

Intern

Luyao Wang

Intern

Xu Li

Intern


mari_crop.jpgaf_crop.jpgCarpenter-09T_crop.jpg

Mariya Keselman

Student Assistant

Afuah Frimpong

Student Assistant

Bronson Carpenter

Student Assistant

Ken Schindler

Student Assistant


chan_crop.jpg

sean_crop.jpg

485727_10150807460485775_788019370_n_crop.jpg

Jesus_crop.jpg


Chantelle Belic

Student Assistant

Sean Massa

Student Assistant

Talon Ducheneaux

Student Assistant

Jesus Fuentes

Student Assistant

Hours

Fall and Spring

Monday & Friday         9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday - Thursday     9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Summer

Monday - Friday             10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Contact Us

Address: 3708 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6188

E-mail: gic@dolphin.upenn.edu

Phone: 215-898-3358 | Fax: 215-573-2597