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Makuu: The Black Cultural Center

One of Penn’s six cultural resource centers, Makuu is a nexus of academic, professional and personal growth for students interested in Black culture and the African Diaspora.

Makuu: The Black Cultural Center provides resources, advising, program support, and much more, helping students and student groups navigate the big and small challenges they may encounter as they strive to maximize their Penn experiences. Through advising, leadership development, cultural and social programming, the Center expands student access to the University’s resources. As the parent center of Umoja, the University of Pennsylvania’s coalition of black student activity groups, Makuu advises the student leaders of our many academic, cultural, performance and faith groups on campus.

Cultural excellence is the cornerstone of Makuu’s existence. The Center serves as a nurturing reminder that Penn students can and should define success in rich, holistic ways that add value to their personal experiences and the broader community.

Signature programs include the Robeson Cooper Scholars (mentorship), Johnson Scholars (pre-med), Umoja Week, Kwanzaa, and Senior Celebration.

Additional services offered at Makuu are:

  • Student Development
  • Community Building
  • Alumni Connections
  • Research Opportunities