Student walking towards Civic House

Civic House

Penn’s hub for civic engagement, Civic House is home to approximately 50 student-run community service and advocacy groups.

In addition to being a gathering place for meeting, relaxing, and planning, the house is an information center, a resource library, seminar space, and a dynamic bulletin board for people interested in positive change. Directing its focus beyond Penn’s campus, Civic House promotes mutually beneficial collaborations between the Penn and West Philadelphia communities, other Philadelphia neighborhoods, and the larger world.

Civic House

  • Hosts student-led community service and advocacy groups
  • Provides orientation and continuing training and reflection for students involved in community service and advocacy
  • Serves as a resource for one-time and ongoing community service projects
  • Sponsors speakers, panels, and other educational programs
  • Supports student service groups by providing meeting and office space and transportation resources
  • Provides links to and training for academically-based community service and related courses
  • Collaborates with College Houses, the Greek system, and other groups
  • Provides a resource room with publications on service, tutoring, and social issues
  • Promotes and supports students pursuing careers in social responsibility
  • Supports opportunities for alumni service projects

Civic Scholars Program

The only sequential, four-year program of its kind, the Civic Scholars Program recognizes 15 students in each incoming class for their exemplary commitment to service. Diverse in background and areas of interest, Civic Scholars take advantage of special opportunities for service-based learning, service-themed seminars, summer service internships, leadership development, close faculty mentorship, research opportunities, and special certification.