Native American Initiatives


 Native American Initiatives

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


Natives at Penn, formerly known as Six Directions, is an organization for students interested in Native issues. The organization works with faculty and staff to increase the presence of Indigeous students at Penn.  They also offer activities on campus to build Native community at Penn and to raise awareness of the needs of Native students at Penn and in Indian Country.

The organization was founded in 1994 by two alums  Brian Brayboy and Desiree Martinez.

For more information on Natives at Penn go to


Penn is proud to be one of the 2012 hosts of College Horizons, a non-profit organization that supports the higher education of Native American students by providing college and graduate admissions workshops to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students/participants from across the nation. Penn has been a partner university with College Horizons for more than seven years and supports their increased recruitment efforts in Indian Country.

For more information on College Horizons, go to


The Association of Native Alumni (ANA) promotes the interests and welfare of Native American alumni, strengthens and deepens friendships, encourages active recruitment and retention of Native faculty and students and furthers Penn's commitment to the advancement of Native American higher education. For more information, contact Nicole Maloy at or call 215-898-6168.

Photo gallery of alumni events


We are committed to working closely with the Lenape Community. Community leaders often come to Penn to do workshops and speak on issues important to them. Students attend the yearly powwow. For more information on the Lenape community go to

Press release on upcoming Powwow Sept 29th and 30th

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