Alliance for Understanding

Alliance for Understanding (AU) is a program that provides students with the opportunity to explore the history of the Civil Rights Movement, Black and Jewish History in Civil Rights, as well as contemporary issues related to movement work.  

Program Goals:  

  • Join students as they explore the history of the Civil Rights Movement and contemporary Civil Rights issues together 
  • Participate in lectures, local trips, and discussions to strengthen your knowledge of social movement history, civil rights history, and the histories of Black and Jewish communities 
  • Bridge the gap between the past and the present as you visit cities, museums and sites to explore Civil Rights History
  • Walk through history and meet the individuals who peopled the Civil Rights Movement 
  • Learn from others and deepen your self-understanding as we engage in daily reflection sessions and open discussions with your peers 
  • Become empowered to use your knowledge and resources to create social change 

Program Requirements: 

The AU program is open to all interested Penn students. Knowledge of Civil Rights history or Black/ Jewish issues is NOT necessary for participation in this program. All we ask is a genuine interest in the topic, a willingness to learn, and a desire to meet and build new and unique relationships. 

Program Updates 2024:

Thank you for your interest in the AU Program. Stay tuned for updates on activities and programs for the Spring 2024 semester.  

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