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Programs for Awareness in Cultural Education (PACE) and Teaching Performing Art for Cross-Cultural Education (TPACE) are partnerships between the Greenfield Intercultural Center and the Graduate School of Education. Their aims are to train students to increase cross-cultural awareness at the University of Pennsylvania.

PACE was founded in 1993 by Dr Navneet Khera, a graduate student at the time, at the initiative of GIC's acting director Joseph Sun, with advice and support from GSE Professor Nancy H. Hornberger. Khera's original conception remains the core of the PACE experience today.

Graduate level courses are co-facilitated by instructors to create a pedagogically democratic space with students for sustained engagement and dialogue about cross-cultural issues. Students explore differences among each other and within themselves through collaborative,experiential, and textual learning, interwoven with lived experiences.

After the course component is finished, instructors and the GIC staff continue to work with these students on campus in order to deepen their knowledge and to identify applied strategies for engaging in social change.

Background:

Programs for Awareness in Cultural Education (PACE) and Teaching Performing Art for Cross-Cultural Education (TPACE) are partnerships between the Greenfield Intercultural Center and the Graduate School of Education. Their aims are to train students to increase cross-cultural awareness at the University of Pennsylvania.

PACE was founded in 1993 by Dr Navneet Khera, a graduate student at the time, at the initiative of GIC's acting director Joseph Sun, with advice and support from GSE Professor Nancy H. Hornberger. Khera's original conception remains the core of the PACE experience today.

Graduate level courses are co-facilitated by instructors to create a pedagogically democratic space with students for sustained engagement and dialogue about cross-cultural issues. Students explore differences among each other and within themselves through collaborative,experiential, and textual learning, interwoven with lived experiences.

After the course component is finished, instructors and the GIC staff continue to work with these students on campus in order to deepen their knowledge and to identify applied strategies for engaging in social change.

Program Structure:

PACE now includes three graduate level courses (open to all Penn students and staff) offered throughout the academic year. The courses provide students the opportunity to develop the skills and experiences that allow them to design and lead cross cultural discussions. After completion of a course students join the PACE experiential community which allows students to further engage the issues developed in class and develop the skills of facilitating cross cultural dialogue. The experiential community also serves as an on-campus resource that assists organizations and individuals throughout campus and the local communityin starting difficult but necessary dialogues and programs that deal with the many dimensions of human interaction - gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, class, and others.