Multicultural Programs

THE OFFICE OF MULTICULTURAL PROGRAMS holds as its core mission the commitment to celebrating and increasing the representation of underrepresented minorities in the faculty, staff and student body of Penn Engineering.

"Increasing Access" has been named by Penn President Amy Gutmann to be one of the three main principles of the Penn Compact, the vision to propel the University of Pennsylvania from excellence to eminence in all our core endeavors of teaching, research, and service.

To increase access, the Penn Compact commits to making an excellent Penn education available to all outstanding students of talent and high potential who can benefit from and contribute to our University. In a democracy and at great universities, diversity and excellence go together.

Through the Office of Multicultural Programs, Penn Engineering continues its long history of leadership and commitment in identifying, recruitment, and retention of underrepresented minority faculty, women and minority students, and will strive to provide academic and support programs which enhance the academic success and quality of life for women and underrepresented minorities once they matriculate. As part of this mission, undergraduate and graduate students serve as peer counselors, mentors, and role models.

Current academic support programs include:

  • Penn Engineering Freshman Coaching Program, a designed system of collaborative learning study groups that brings freshmen students in contact with upper-class student mentors.
  • NSF/AMP (Philadelphia Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) Undergraduate Research Program, where university Science, Engineering, and mathematics (SEM) students work on leading edge research in various disciplines for faculty members in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Medical School, The College of Arts and Sciences, and Wharton. Learn more!
  • High school outreach programs
  • Pre-freshman program
  • Academic counseling

The Office of Multicultural Programs is also heavily involved in activities and programs sponsored outside of its own program. The office is consulted in the process and procedures for Penn Engineering:

  • Scholarships and Financial Aid Counseling
  • Career and Professional Development Workshops
  • Problem-solving Workshops and Retention Seminars
  • Learning Centers and Enrichment Programs
  • Seminars in Careers in Academe and Industry

The Office of Multicultural Programs is located in 125 Towne Building. Individuals may stop by, or can contact the office by calling 215-898-7084 or emailing Cora Ingrum, Director of Multicultural Programs.