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Native and Indigenous Support at Penn

Located on Lenni Lenape Land, the University of Pennsylvania offers support and services for Native students to celebrate culture and foster community.

The Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) provides student support services to Native students at Penn. In collaboration with faculty, alumni and community members, the center helps identify and create resources to support and enrich the lives of Native students at Penn. In addition, the center works to increase understanding of Native issues on campus and beyond.

A key resources GIC offers to support Native students is Natives at Penn. Formerly known as Six Directions, Natives at Penn is Penn's Native student organization representing Native American, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native, and Indigenous students, dedicated to increasing awareness of Native and Indigenous culture, history, and contemporary issues, while enhancing the visibility of Native and Indigenous students on campus, which is on Lenni Lenape Land.

The goals for the future of the NAP community are to:

  1. Improve recruitment and retention efforts for Native students by working with admissions, connecting with Native youth, and building a community that supports one another and as well as individual aspirations.
  2. Connect Native students, staff, alumni, and allies through events such as Penn's annual Powwow, the Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration, numerous speaker presentations, and other outings and activities that build cultural-awareness and strengthen community
  3. Build programming by advocating for more academic and professional resources, working with other intercultural groups to celebrate our intersectionalities, and hosting more social gatherings that spark joy.