The GIC was initiated by and for students in 1984. Founded in response to the United Minorities Council’s 1978 petition, the GIC provides support to the United Minorities Council (UMC) and to its many constituent student groups. We have since expanded our support for many other intercultural student groups. You can learn more about them below.
Penn First is a student organization at the University of Pennsylvania for first-generation college students and students from a low-income background. Our goal is to build a community for all FGLI students on campus by providing support through social events, professional development resources, and creating brave spaces for conversation.
The Assembly of International Students (AIS) is a student group that is run and represented by students of global backgrounds, whether international or not. AIS offers mentorship programs, parties and social events, conferences and alumni networking events, and the Student Ambassador Program.
Collective Success at Penn (CSAP) is the Penn Chapter of the Collective Success Network, a Philadelphia-based organization focused on empowering first-generation low-income (FGLI) students attending colleges and universities in the Greater Philadelphia area. CSAP organizes professional development events and programs for students to cultivate leadership skills, and to foster a strong social support within the FGLI community.
Quest Scholars at Penn is a campus chapter of QuestBridge Scholars Network (QSN), a national community for individuals who were both selected as National College Match Finalists and attend QuestBridge college partners. By collaborating with other FGLI organizations and Penn administrators, we offer various events that cover everything from career and academics to social life and mentorship.
The First-Generation, Low-Income (FGLI) Dean’s Advisory Board is a student group at Penn that serves the purpose of hearing the academic and social challenges of FGLI students and subsequently discussing them with College Dean Paul Sniegowski and other administrators. From there, we introduce and carry out solutions for said problems.
FLITE is a student organization that provides catered support, opportunities, and development for FGLI students at Penn passionate about technology and engineering. We provide resources, mentorship, and a community for FGLI students in engineering to promote success and opportunities both professionally and academically.
iFGLI (International FGLI) is a student organization at the University of Pennsylvania for international lower income and/or first generation students (iFGLIs). This group is looking to foster a community for all iFGLIs by recognizing the diversity of their backgrounds. Our main goal is to provide support and to advocate for the needs of every single iFGLI. We look forward to meeting you!
Seven|Eight is a community that aims to engage with all FGLI AAPI individuals in order to create a safe space for students to navigate the challenges associated with this unique identity at Penn. The group meets up for bimonthly community discussions to facilitate sustainable and impactful relationships.
The Fellows for Building Intercultural Communities (FBIC) is a student-run organization that seeks to develop to bridge communities both on campus and with the West Philadelphia community.