PACE (Programs for Cross Cultural Awareness)


EDUC 566 - Cross Cultural Awareness

Offered in the spring semester

DETAILS FOR Spring '17 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. 

Spring 2017 course meets on Wednesdays 2:00 - 5:00

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



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 then 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 are 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 service 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, refection 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
Evan Tao, 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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