About Civic House

Civic House is the University of Pennsylvania's hub for student-led community service and social advocacy work. Civic House promotes mutually beneficial collaborations between the Penn and West Philadelphia communities, and beyond.


Through education, community connections, and other resources, Civic House prepares students for responsible and effective civic engagement and leadership. 


Our vision is to support Penn students in responsible community engagement and inspire them to serve as lifelong thoughtful citizens and advocates for social change.



To learn more about what informs our mission and vision, please see the Civic House Social Justice Framework and Theory of Change.

Read about the History of Civic House

Meet the Staff

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David Grossman, Director


Elizabeth Cannon, Senior Associate Director


Janette Chien, Associate Director


Khadijah Seay, Associate Director


Kerrin Lyons, Administrative Coordinator


Walter Licht, Faculty Director


Jennifer Selpa, Program Coordinator


Brittany Powell, Graduate Assistant


Civic House Student Staff




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