PACE (Programs for Cross Cultural Awareness)


EDUC 566 - Cross Cultural Awareness

Offered in the spring semester

DETAILS FOR Spring '18 Course

EDUC 566: Cross-Cultural Awareness is a graduate level course where students will learn about the salient dimensions of diversity by exploring the interrelated issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, and ability. Through a pre-course retreat, lectures, cross-cultural dialogue, readings, writing assignments, and peer-led in-class facilitations students will explore the courses many issues in depth, as well as develop skills in workshop design and facilitation that will empower them to become peer educators. 

* All Penn undergraduate and graduate students and staff from all twelve schools are welcome.

Application Deadline: Course permit needed from instructors to enroll. Email instructors at


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.

Democratic Classroom Environment:

We strive to create an environment where students are engaged and active participants in a democratic learning process. Within the PACE context, democratic education means that students are peer educators - creating knowledge with the instructors rather than acting as containers waiting to be filled by expert knowledge. It also means that a supportive environment for cross-cultural dialogue dismantles and exposes the hierarchy both within the structure of the classroom itself and between course participants.

Elements of democratic education:

  • Course is facilitated by two instructors to model cooperative learning facilitation.
  • Shared decision-making and responsibility among the students and instructors.
  • A learner-centered approach; everyone can learn from anyone.
  • Equality among instructors and students.
  • The community as an extension of the classroom.

 Program Goals:

  • For students to address issues of cultural awareness, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, etc. through cross-cultural dialogue, introspection, research, writing and service learning.
  • Creating "Peer Educators" by enhancing the following skills in students: Interpersonal communication, Self-awareness, Self-esteem, Improvisation, Team building, Reflective listening
  • Provide opportunities for experiential learning through workshops and other services to the Penn community.
  • Create a resource for ongoing outreach to all members of the university community by being a model service-learning experience.
  • Contribute to creating a campus climate that fosters understanding.

Program Requirements:

  • Pre-course survey/application (a permit is issued to register)
  • Attend a weekend retreat (usually on a Saturday or Sunday) near the beginning of the semester.
  • Weekly 3-hour class sessions at the Greenfield Intercultural Center.
  • Complete assignments as designated in the syllabus, which usually includes readings, reflection papers, in-class facilitation, and a final research project.


  • Earn graduate level course credit.
  • Learn workshop design and facilitation.
  • Develop skills to engage difficult cross-cultural discussions.
  • Explore the intersection of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, culture, society, and education.
  • Improve and develop storytelling and performance skills.  
  • Learn how to incorporate performance art into a learning environment.
  • Explore the intersection of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, culture, society, education, and art.
  • Make strong and lasting connections with fellow course members and the diverse community of PACE and TPACE members, instructors, and advisors.
  • Improve public speaking skills.


Holly Link, PACE Co-Instructor

Shantee Rosado, PACE Co-Instructor

Course Offerings:
Students must apply for entry into the courses. All Penn graduate and undergraduate students from all twelve schools are eligible.

Projects from the 2016 Session:




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