40th Anniversary

Collage of GIC photos from 1984 to 2024

40 Years of Fostering Intercultural Understanding

Forty years since its founding, the Greenfield Intercultural Center (fondly known as the GIC) has fostered transformational impact for generations of learners at the University of Pennsylvania and beyond. The GIC’s deep care and attention to individuals and groups of students have enabled college students at various stages to thrive as learners throughout their lives. We accomplish transformative impact through a vast network of people who value belonging as a key part of learning about ourselves and others. The GIC sets a vital model for how universities can better support their students and educate society on intercultural belonging. 

The GIC is belovingly referred to as “a home away from home” by current students and alums. We provide a safe space for intercultural dialogue and interaction. The GIC was founded in response to the United Minorities Council’s 1978 petition which called for the creation of a campus center for minority students. On January 27, 1984, the GIC was officially established. Faithful to our original mission, the GIC continues to serve as an intercultural incubator of new ideas and programs and a resource not only for students but also for the greater Penn community. 

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