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Theme Communities

Theme Communities: Shared curiosity, shared space.

FY - First Year= open to first-year students
UP - Upper Class= open to upperclass students
C - Credit= academic credit available

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FY - First Year= open to first-year students
UP - Upper Class= open to upperclass students
C - Credit= academic credit available

Click a community listing title to expand and explore in detail.
 

 

 

FY - First Year= open to first-year students
UP - Upper Class= open to upperclass students
C - Credit= academic credit available

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Identity & Self

Open to Upperclass Students

In 2XP, sophomores will be able to live together in a community where they can engage in activities that support their unique needs, challenge themselves to build on their experiences, and celebrate the knowledge and talents they bring to New College House. We will support each other through reflective conversations  during exclusive study breaks, dinner, and events featuring special guests from campus resources. We will challenge each other through leadership development activities and trainings, mentorship initiatives, and civic engagement projects. We will celebrate each other through experience-sharing, special excursions, and showcase events throughout the academic year.
 
Program Goals:
 
Students who participate in 2XP activities will be able to:
  • Reflect on their experiences to recognize their growth from first to second year
  • Apply their skills and knowledge to the benefit of the house and local community through mentoring and civic engagement projects
  • Connect with campus resources from a variety of departments
  • Develop meaningful relationships with community peers, faculty, and staff
  • Practice life skills in preparation for off-campus (or post-college) living environments
  • Engage in activities and discussion that promote career goals
 
Program Requirements:
 
To get the most out of 2XP, students should be prepared to:
  • Arrive to campus in advance of upperclassmen move-in to participate in an overnight leadership and community development retreat
  • Participate in monthly community meetings
  • Plan and host/facilitate an event for 2XP members during Fall or Spring semester
     
  • Participate in at least one activity in each of the following categories:
    • Support — activities focus on encouraging healthy self-concept and building resilience (examples: wellness activities, small-group discussions, dinners)
    • Challenge —activities focus on identifying skills, knowledge, attitudes to be developed, strengthened or discovered (examples: workshops, panel discussion)
    • Celebrate — activities focus on recognizing the skills, talents, and progress of others and developing a sense of pride in one's contributions (examples: talent showcase events, note-writing, community awards)
       
  • Engage in at least one of the following projects external to the community:
    • Meliora Ambassador peer mentor— provides guidance and activities for first-year students in NCH
    • Weekly Service project— participate in volunteer work to benefit a local Philadelphia agency; engage in ongoing reflective conversations about community needs
    • Community Circle Leader—facilitate circle conversations to support NCH residents with interpersonal conflicts 
      • Training and development for each of these projects will be provided.
To Apply:
 
See Applying to Upperclass Programs for application instructions.
 
Applicants will be prompted to respond to the following:
 
Imagine yourself as a Penn senior. Imagine that you were an inaugural member of the 2XP Community. Two years later, you have been invited to give a keynote speech for the current community's Welcome Dinner. Write the speech you would give. Consider the following in your remarks:
  • what have you learned?
  • what will the community members gain from their participation?
  • how can you encourage them as a community- what advise would you provide to help them make the most of their opportunity?
Feel free to be creative in the way you imagine your experiences. The text of your speech should be no longer than 1000 words.
 
Program Location: 2nd floor, New College House

Special Amenities:




Contact:
Trina N. Sokoloski, New College House Dean
trinan@upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
2XP: The Second Year Experience


This program has 21 members.
Open to Upperclass Students

Through experiential programming, interactions with staff, and connecting to campus resources we encourage students in the BL(o)C to integrate wellness into all aspects of their Rodin experience. The BL(o)C provides students the opportunity to engage with seven dimensions of wellness to improve their quality of life and enrich their experience at Penn. The seven dimensions of wellness are: Social, Emotional, Spiritual, Environmental, Occupational, Intellectual, Physical.

Program Objectives: 

  • Identify and articulate a personal definition of wellness that integrates the seven dimensions
  • Identifying holistic wellness “strengths” and “weaknesses” in your own life, and developing a plan for addressing the areas where you want to experience additional grow in terms of wellness
  • Challenge themselves, through healthful living practices, to strive for wholeness and balance in their lives.
Program Location: 23rd floor

Special Amenities: Program lounge




Contact:
Megan Robb, Rodin College House Fellow
robbme@sas.upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Balanced Living Community (listed in application as "Wellness Community")


This program has 24 members.
Open to Upperclass Students

The JCS Program connects residents to academic programming, facilitates interfaith dialogue, and creates new opportunities for residents to learn more about Jewish culture while building both a floor and a house community.   

Past JCS events have included Shabbat celebrations and a challah making night. Residents regularly participate in prayer services as a community, and JCS has a strong relationship with Hillel.

JCS also offers students the chance to shape their Residential Program experience by taking on leadership roles and planning events for the floor and the House.

Program Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of Jewish Culture in order to appreciate history and tradition

  • Encourage dialogue about Jewish Culture in order to consider different viewpoints

  • Create opportunities for members of the non-Jewish community to experience and learn about Jewish Culture

  • Study Jewish Culture in a way that supplements one’s curricular education at Penn

  • Develop relationships and network

  • Identify ways in which they can contributed to building a the Rodin community

Expectations and Participation:  Members of the JCS floor should expect to attend floor meetings, participate in the annual Rodin Showcase, and generally be active members of their floor and House communites.  

Program Location: 2nd floor

Special Amenities: Program lounge




Contact:
Kathryn McDonald, Rodin College House Dean
kmcdo@upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Jewish Cultural Studies Program


This program has 33 members.

World Cultures and Languages

Open to Upperclass Students

“And what is still far stranger than that is that not only does one branch of knowledge come to be in us while another passes away and that we are never the same even in respect of our knowledge, but that each single piece of knowledge has the same fate. For what we call studying exists because knowledge is leaving us, because forgetting is the departure of knowledge, while studying puts back a fresh memory in place of what went away, thereby preserving a piece of knowledge, so that it seems to be the same.”

– The Symposium
                                

These words have been read for millennia, but how – and why – do we still engage critically with some of the most ancient thinkers? It is fitting that one of the oldest Program Communities bridges the gap between antiquity and modernity through an interdisciplinary approach set in an intimate community. Resident Advisors and Graduate Associates (RAGAs) and residents in the Ancient Studies PC collaborate on activities that include trips to relevant museum exhibits and Penn and in the Philadelphia area, discussions with professors and notable figures in ancient studies, and weekly themed social events. These events and activities are shaped by residents’ interests each year and encompass exploration of ancient cultures, politics, philosophy, performance, etc. This program is well-suited for the student who takes initiative, is dedicated to the mission of residential programming, and is seeking intellectual and personal growth.

Program Goals: The Program provides an intellectual and social space for students who wish to interact both broadly and deeply with the art, languages, literature, and philosophies from ancient times. At the conclusion of the academic year, residents will have developed their critical thinking skills, taken on leadership roles, and engaged with these topics through an interdisciplinary model. 

Participant Expectations: The Program RAGAs will review details and activities at the beginning of the academic year, where residents will receive their Ancient Studies Compact. Residents will be expected to participate in the following, as decided by the RAGAs:

  • 1 major event per month
  • 1 minor event per month
  • Implement 1 minor floor event as determined by the RAGAs
  • Host 1 House program per semester
Program Location: 14th & 15th floors

Special Amenities: Program lounges, priority reservations




Contact:
Michelle Mullen, Harnwell College House Coordinator
harnwell@collegehouses.upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Ancient Studies


This program has 64 members.
Open to Upperclass Students

The Harnwell Cultures Collective brings together three tracks of programming: East Asia House, the International Program, and the Latin American Program Community. Cultures Collective residents will showcase the integrated experience and interconnectedness of cultural commonality in scholarly and creative presentations at the annual Harnwell Symposium. This program is well-suited for the student who takes initiative, is dedicated to the mission of the Cultures Collective, and is seeking intellectual and personal growth.

Program Goals: The Program invites residents to expand their understanding of other cultures and foster an appreciation for living in an intercultural community. At the conclusion of the academic year, residents will have developed their critical thinking skills, taken on leadership roles, and engaged with these topics through an interdisciplinary model.

Participant Expectations: The Program RAGAs will review details and activities at the beginning of the academic year, where residents will receive their Cultures Collective Compact. Residents will be expected to participate in the following, as decided by the RAGAs:

  • 1 major event per month
  • 1 minor event per month
  • Implement 1 minor floor event as determined by the RAGAs
  • Host 1 House program per semester
Program Location: 16th–20th floors

Special Amenities: Program lounges, priority reservations




Contact:
Michelle Mullen, Harnwell College House Coordinator
harnwell@collegehouses.upenn.edu




This program has 165 members.
Open to First-year Students

The Living Cultures Residential Program emphasizes global thinking with its members and provides a cross-cultural living experience, complemented by colorful and multifaceted hall activities. Members shape its direction and celebrate the range and variety of cultures that make up the Penn and Philadelphia communities. Residents will have the opportunity to lead hall events and outings to cultural events and spaces around Philadelphia. Leadership and interactive learning interests are vitally important in this group, and members enjoy sharing their experiences with each and other House residents. Students from all ethnicities, religions and nationalities live together in a multicultural and multinational setting, and reap all of the benefits that diversity brings--making this strong, well-rounded House even stronger.

Goals: The Living Cultures Program gives first-year students an introduction to Penn’s multicultural environment. It also provides students from different backgrounds with the opportunity to step outside their comfort zones, to take on leadership roles, and to experience interactive learning within a diverse, supportive community.

Program Location: Throughout the House

Special Amenities:




Contact:
Marilynne Diggs-Thompson, Riepe House Dean
diggst@upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Living Cultures Residential Program


This program has 27 members.

Arts & Letters

Open to Upperclass Students

“Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of art for its own sake, has most. For art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass, and simply for those moments’ sake.”

– Walter Pater

How often do you experience moments as inspired by art? In all of art’s iterations and all the ways in which we engage with art, we can quickly lose track of those essential moments. As residents of Arts House Program Community, you will continue to be advocates of the arts. This call challenges residents to be more than consumers of the arts, and will create opportunities to experience, philosophically contemplate, and showcase art in your campus home.

By experiencing highlights of Philadelphia’s artistic offerings, such as Opera on the Mall, First Friday gallery openings, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and theater performances, Arts House can engage with and think about the process and presentation of artistic endeavors. Each spring semester, residents model those experiences with the annual Arts House Gallery Opening, which features local artists – visual, musical, performance – in Harnwell’s gallery and theater spaces. 

This program is well-suited for the student who takes initiative, is dedicated to the mission of art advocacy, and is seeking intellectual and personal growth.

Program Goals: The Program invites residents to expand their understanding of the arts and foster an appreciation of different genres of art and learn more about the history of artists, composers, and particular works of art.  Program residents will also have the opportunity to form and communicate opinions about various issues in the arts within a safe, supportive community. At the conclusion of the academic year, residents will have developed their critical thinking skills, taken on leadership roles, and engaged with these topics through an interdisciplinary model. 

Participant Expectations: The Program RAGAs will review details and activities at the beginning of the academic year, where residents will receive their Arts House Compact. Residents will be expected to participate in the following, as decided by the RAGAs:

  • 1 major event per month
  • 1 minor event per month
  • Implement 1 minor floor event as determined by the RAGAs
  • Host 1 House program per semester
Program Location: 12th and 13th floors

Special Amenities: Program lounges, priority reservations




Contact:
Michelle Mullen, Harnwell College House Coordinator
harnwell@collegehouses.upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Arts House


This program has 63 members.
Open to Upperclass Students

Members will assist in the production of Front Row’s productions including the company’s NSO, Fall, Winter, and Spring productions.   Members will also coordinate community service projects planned in connection with Front Row’s performances.  In addition, members of the program will collaborate in readings of plays and the creation of original dramatic and artistic works to be presented in Harrison College House.  In partnership with the Penn Art Club members of the program will meet local artists and alumni (playwrights, visual artists, and performers) to gain different perspectives about the arts community. Find out more on the Front Row Theatre website, and check out the Penn Art Club website.

Goals: Harrison’s Front Row Theatre Company Program provides its participants with the opportunity to encounter and study a broad range of artistic media and expression; to learn from other program residents, who come from diverse academic and artistic backgrounds; to take artistic risks within a supportive community.

Expectations: Members of the program will be expected to participate in Harrison’s Front Row Theatre; organize and participate in Harrison’s regular Art-In programs; organize and attend Harrison’s Art Speakers Series; develop Harrison’s original art series through collaborations in playwriting, filmmaking, or other formsof expressive arts.

Location: Harrison’s Front Row and the Arts Community Program in Harrison will be located on the 7th and 8th floors of Harrison College House.  

Program Location: 7th and 8th floors

Special Amenities: N/A




Contact:
Dr. Frank Pellicone, Harrison House Dean
frankpel@upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Front Row Theatre & the Arts


This program has 70 members.
Open to First-year Students

The Goldberg Media & Communications program is for students who have a broad academic interest in mass media and who are interested in applying communications theory and practice to benefit others.  Residents in this program work together to design a media campaign that they envision and execute with the goal of generating a positive impact in their residential community. The campaign may include creating videos, writing a newsletter, designing advertisements, developing a blog, and/or other media-related activities. The program also includes communications-themed social activities, like movie nights and attending events in the Philadelphia area.

Goals: This program aims to provide first-year students with an opportunity to further develop their creativity and leadership skills by learning about mass communications and using that knowledge to create a positive social impact.

Program Location: Throughout the House

Special Amenities: Goldberg Media Lounge




Contact:
Nadine Gabbadon, House Fellow, Fisher Hassenfeld College House
nadineg@upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Goldberg Media and Communications Program


This program has 43 members.
Open to Upperclass Students

The Integrated Living Program (ILP) seeks to explore a broad range of ideas through an interdisciplinary lens in a residential setting. Based on the successful Integrated Studies Program in Riepe College House, ILP brings together students of multiple schools, backgrounds, majors, and interests to promote discussion, community-building, and critical thought. Different aspects of a semester’s theme are explored each month, through films, books, or talks, which culminate in a dinner at which ILPers discuss that month’s events.

Program events stress both the academic and social elements of the program with an even mix of the two. Prior events have included a Quentin Tarantino movie series, trips to the Philadelphia Orchestra and Philadelphia Art Museum, a discussion of ‘Brave New World’, and talks by some of the most esteemed faculty at Penn.

ILP is open to all interested applicants, regardless of school, major, or prior participation in BFS/ISP. Applicants should be open to intellectual risk-taking in a supportive, multidisciplinary community setting, and have a history of engagement in their College House or in a similar program.

Expectations: Residents are expected to participate in ILP events in order to foster discussion, explore the subject matter, and to help build a “community of thought”.

Program Location: 19th and 20th floors

Special Amenities: N/A




Contact:
Dr. Frank Pellicone, Harrison College House Dean
frankpel@upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Integrated Living Program


This program has 102 members.
Open to First-year Students

Perspectives in the Humanities is a community focused on the elevated appreciation of the arts and the humanities through shared experiences. Members of Perspectives in the Humanities come from diverse backgrounds, but are united by a common passion for the humanities. One need not study the humanities to apply—the program merely calls for a genuine interest and desire to spend time with fellow humanists. PiH is dedicated to fostering an appreciation and the discussion of the humanities at Penn: in the arts and music, literature, languages, theater, history, philosophy, anthropology, religion, jurisprudence, ethics, and beyond.  Signature events include the Penn Author Forum, speakeasy events, theater and museum outings in Philadelphia, and notable cultural events within the city.

Goals: The goal of PiH is to create an environment conducive to studying and enjoying the humanities beyond the classroom, where students feel comfortable discussing their creative thoughts with others, both formally and socially.

Program Location: KC 4th floor

Special Amenities: N/A




Contact:
Dr. M. Krimo Bokreta, Kings Court English College House Dean
bokreta@pobox.upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Perspectives in the Humanities


This program has 23 members.
Open to Upperclass Students

The Rodin Arts Collective (TRAC) aims to provide engagement-based opportunities for students to appreciate and analyze various types of "art" with a community of their peers, supplementing their curricular education at Penn. TRAC encompasses three main forms of art: Music, Theatre, and Visual arts:

Music Engagement: We create a structured environment that fosters musical growth as players, listeners, attendees at live performances, citizens engaged in community outreach, and/or scholars. It’s about respecting the power of music to shape us--our relationships to ourselves, with others, in personal contexts, professional endeavors, civic engagement, and about opening a window into larger humanistic discourse.

Theatre Engagement: We impart knowledge in various approaches and opportunities related to theatre (i.e. musicals, drama, Shakespeare, Eastern arts, etc.); teach students how to critique both theater as art and theater as entertainment; and help residents increase or establish an appreciation of the impact of theater on social movements.

Visual Arts Engagement: We aim to develop a structured environment that fosters our ability to create, curate, critique, and therefore contribute to visual culture.

The combined efforts of TRAC enrich our understanding of the individual arts and blurs the boundaries among them.

Program Location: 9th floor

Special Amenities: Program lounge with piano




Contact:
Jamuna Samuel & Mauro Calcagno, Rodin College House Fellows
samuelja@sas.upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
The Rodin Arts Collective (TRAC)


This program has 84 members.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Open to Upperclass Students

Residents of the Biosciences Community will be a diverse cohort of individuals passionate for making a difference in the natural sciences, who share a similar interest in either scientific research, medical education or a combination of both. The community program offers a unique space for these individuals to collaborate and work on STEM projects that are directly relevant for their professional scientific careers. The program offers residents the opportunity to participate in discussions with faculty and the medical and graduate schools, as well as the chance to participate in hands on learning experiences at Penn’s medical school (such as learning about human anatomy, ultrasound techniques, medical school interviewing strategies, etc.). The philosophy of our program is that students pursuing a career in STEM, particularly in the natural biosciences, have a unique workload and will benefit from a tight-knit group of supportive peers.

Students interested in living in the Biosciences Community must submit a short personal statement outlining their interest in this unique living environment. This community is well suited for students who are considering a career in biomedical research, scientific education, or medicine. Residents must have an interest in learning more about human health and disease, and the scientific principles that underlie modern biology. Residents will engage in a variety of exciting activities and workshops to enhance their experience throughout the academic school year.

Program Goals

  1. Students will get firsthand exposure to lessons in human anatomy and ultrasound at the medical school
  2. They will have the opportunity to participate in dinner and tea events with esteemed scientists and physicians
  3. Students will be privy to career development opportunities such as special sessions geared towards preparing for graduate school applications, medical school interviews and national science research fellowships. It is a reasonable expectation that the students in this community will be more competitive for the Harnwell and other Penn research fellowships because of our targeted programming around career development in STEM.

Program Expectations

  1. Students must be willing to reach out of their comfort zones and challenge themselves intellectually. 
  2. They must be committed to supporting their peers during academically strenuous times, and be actively involved in designing events for their fellow residents.
  3. They must have an active interest in the life sciences.
Program Location:

Special Amenities:




Contact:
Divyansh Agarwal, Harnwell GA
divyansh.agarwal@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Biosciences Community


This program has 40 members.
Open to First-year Students

Biosphere provides an exciting and fun atmosphere to all residents with an interest in the environment and in how people interact with the world around them. Biosphere evolves each year with its residents, who themselves control the specific direction the program will take. Volunteerism tends to characterize the spirit of student participation, with members often occupied with such activities as UC Green tree-plantings, involvement in the MLK Day of Service, and the House’s Courtyard Garden upkeep. Exploring all that Philadelphia has to offer means outings to the Franklin Institute, Morris Arboretum, Chinatown, the Italian Market, the Liberty Bell, and the Zoo, as well as sampling Philly restaurants. Horseback riding, skiing, canoeing, and exploring Philadelphia-area nature preserves are fun ways to interact with the natural environment, while regular faculty talks, workshops and educational opportunities better acquaint students with their academic environment.

Whether you are pre-medical student interested in health, society, and community outreach; the student scientist hoping to save the rain forest; the business major who wants to start up a company; or the student in the humanities examining the cultural and ethical impacts of greenhouse effect and climate change, the Biosphere program can offer a great living and learning experience unlike any other.

Goals: Biosphere sets out to provide participating students a greater appreciation for and understanding of their impact on the ecosystem and on one another, through their explorations of Penn, the greater Philadelphia area, and their own community interactions.

 

Program Location: KC 1st floor

Special Amenities: N/A




Contact:
Dr. M. Krimo Bokreta, Kings Court English College House Dean
bokreta@pobox.upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Biosphere: The Active Experience


This program has 13 members.
Open to Upperclass Students

Residents of the Eco-House work together to reduce their environmental impact and to engage the campus and broader community on sustainability issues through personal choices, projects, and events. Students interested in living in the Eco House must complete a short application, including a personal statement outlining their interest in this unique living environment. The Eco-House would be well suited for students who are considering to major in environmental science, environmental studies, biology, geology, or other natural science related fields; however, no experience with sustainability is required; residents must merely have an interest in learning more about sustainability and sustainable living habits.  Residents will engage in a variety of exciting activities and workshops to enhance their sustainable living skills throughout the academic school year.

Purpose: demonstrate affordable sustainable living in order to inform, engage and inspire Penn’s fellow residents, visitors, and community members.

Events for the floor may include:

  • Eco House faculty dinner
  • Meet with professors within the Earth and Environmental Science Department as well as other STEM related fields in an informal setting to learn about classes, research, and what they think it takes to become a successful environmental leader or environmental professional
  • Service-learning field trips
  • Work with local environmental non-profit organizations to bring environmental change:
    • planting trees for ecological restoration
    • trips to Morris Arboretum (drawing workshops)
    • learning about local environmental policy
    • harvesting locally-grown vegetables at Bartram’s Garden
  • Tours of earth-friendly practices at Penn
    • tours of university's newest LEED-certified building
    • tree/ecology tour
    • King’s Court green roof visit
  • Recycled Art Showcase
  • Eco House Booth at Green Fest
  • Social activities: weekly study breaks, hiking, kayaking, making bird feeders, planting flowers, watching environmental documentaries, volunteering in the community garden, Eco DIYS (DIY’s out of recycled or natural, recyclable materials)
Program Location: 1st Floor

Special Amenities: Program lounge, first-floor library




Contact:
Michelle Mullen, Harnwell House Coordinator
mmmullen@upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Eco-House


This program has 22 members.
Open to First-year Students

Extending beyond Kings Court English House, the Science and Technology Wing (STWing) is a network of over two hundred undergraduates, graduate students, professors, and alumni from the University of Pennsylvania whose members share a strong interest in the science and technologies that permeate everyday life. While its reach is campus-wide, however, STWing’s simultaneous status as a residential program helps maintain a flourishing intellectual and social community foundation both for the College House and the larger society. A great synergetic learning community, STWingers are always getting together to build something – from blimps to space cameras – relying on their collective knowledge of physics, engineering, computer science, as well as art and sense of humor to do so. In addition to these inventive pursuits, the pioneering residents of STWing have for years owned and maintained their own timesharing servers, raised money to fund a research fellowship, and helped produce a science journal of undergraduate research. Throughout the year the program hosts a dinner-discussion series to which University faculty, staff, and interesting non-Penn guests are invited, as well as purely social events planned by students. The program is entirely student run by its Continuum (Student Governance), though students often work closely with faculty on their projects and with House staff in planning their social activities. 

Goals: STWing sets out to provide its members with the connections, structure, and resources (financial and otherwise) necessary to pursue projects of their own interests. The network faculty and alumni of associated with the program provides a personalized mentoring experience within this community context. The program teaches students to dare, but also to have fun and be collaborative in the process.

For more information: E-mail info@stwing.upenn.edu.

Program Location: KC 2nd floor

Special Amenities: Workshop space "Blimp Room"




Contact:
Dr. Jorge Santiago-Aviles, Faculty Director & Krimo Bokreta, House Dean
info@stwing.upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Science and Technology Wing (STWing)


This program has 48 members.
Open to First-year Students

This program for freshmen offers guidance to Fisher Hassenfeld residents interested in gaining experience in a biomedical research laboratory.  Activities include meetings, workshops, dinners, speakers, individual advising, and “field” trips to laboratories in Penn’s School of Medicine.  Under the direction of Dr. Paul Axelsen, College House Faculty Fellow and Professor of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine, participants will gain the skills needed to find, contact, and engage one of the many active research programs on campus. 

Program Goals: This program will provide students with a basic introduction to the many ways that biomedical research is conducted at Penn, and the opportunities available to undergraduates.

Requirements: Students interested in participating should be in the College of Arts and Sciences, and at least tentatively planning to major in a science.  They should also plan to remain on the Penn campus during the summer following their freshman year to begin their research experience.

Program Location: 4th floor, Class of '28

Special Amenities: Access to Penn science labs




Contact:
Prof. Paul H. Axelsen MD, Fisher Hassenfeld College House Fellow
axe@pharm.med.upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Scientific Adventures


This program has 20 members.
Open to First-year Students

Under the leadership of Dr. Helen Davies, Professor of Microbiology in the School of Medicine, students on this floor participate in a variety of activities, including a monthly research forum, faculty lectures and dinners, museum trips, and site visits to labs. Residents in this program have access to a wealth of science resources across the university. Additionally, students are invited to meet with Dr. Davies for a biweekly roundtable on emerging infectious diseases. This program is located on 2nd floor, Coxe/EF Smith.

Program Location: 2nd floors of Cox, Rodney, and EF Smith

Special Amenities: Program Lounge




Contact:
Dr. Helen Davies, Ware House Fellow
daviesh@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Study of Infectious Diseases


This program has 18 members.
Open to First-year Students

Women in Computer Science, Kings Court English’s newest program, was born out of an awareness that with women representing fewer than 15% of all computer scientists, female undergraduate who aspire to enter the field of Computer Science could benefit from the structure, community, and mentoring of a residential program. WiCS provides residents with opportunities to study together, to mentor and advise one another, and to build confidence within a non-competitive environment. Members of the well-established KCECH program, the Science and Technology Wing (STWing), also work supportively and collaboratively with the WiCS program. Topics of learning include Web development, Android development, Linux, and more through workshops held in the House or co-sponsored with the departments of Computer Science or Digital Media Design. Activities include social coding programs, dinners with faculty members, and trips to visit tech companies like Google; these events may be co-sponsored with organizations such as the CSE-sponsored, non-residential WiCS organization, Weiss Tech House, the Dining Philosophers, and the Women’s Center, among others.

Goals: WiCS’s mission is to provide a safe, supportive living-learning environment for women who study computer science and hope to one day make their careers in that field. As part of that mission, the program seeks to provide faculty and peer mentorship especially to the youngest members of the community.

Program Location: EH 3rd Floor

Special Amenities: N/A




Contact:
Dr. Jorge Santiago-Aviles, Faculty Director
santiago@seas.upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Women in Computer Science


This program has 12 members.
Open to First-year Students

The Women in Science Floor focuses on increasing the participation and success of women in all fields of science. Under the advisement of Dr. Helen Davies, Professor of Microbiology in the School of Medicine, the group works closely with the Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Women in Science on sponsoring lectures and programs. Activities include mentoring young girls who are interested in pursuing a career in science and faculty dinners with women scientists in the greater Philadelphia area. This program is located on 2nd floor of Coxe/EF Smith.

Program Location: 2nd floors of Cox, Rodney, and EF Smith

Special Amenities: Program Lounge




Contact:
Dr. Helen Davies, Ware House Fellow
daviesh@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Women in Science


This program has 14 members.

Leadership Development

Open to Upperclass Students

Thinking of living in KCECH as an upperclass resident?  Great!  KCECH maintains a rich tradition of housing upperclass residents who serve as leaders and mentors for our freshmen community.  We greatly value the unique perspectives and contributions of our upperclass residents and we are dedicated to providing a fulfilling experience during their time here.

Residents are encouraged to assess their present leadership abilities, actively pursue personal leadership development and build meaningful relationships with other floor members through events, projects, dinners, workshops, and social activities.

All of our Theme Communities are open to upperclass residents. They include:

Expectations and Participation: 

Members of the KCECH Leadership Program should expect to attend floor meetings, participate in their respective program community, take initiative with in-house projects and programs, and generally be active members of their floor and House communities.

Program Location: Depends on theme affiliation

Special Amenities:




Contact:
Dr. M. Krimo Bokreta, House Dean
bokreta@upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
KCECH Leadership Program


This program has 39 members.
Open to First-year Students

Members of the Mentors Program form a unique team dedicated to serving children in West Philadelphia public schools. Under the direction of senior faculty at Penn's Graduate School of Education, participants mentor children in elementary, middle, and high schools, devoting at least two hours a week to such activities, as well as attending monthly dinners with faculty to discuss their experiences.

Goals: The Mentors program aims to familiarize its residents with West Philadelphia by connecting them with children who live and attend West Philadelphia schools. In the process, mentors learn about the challenges facing kids in Philadelphia’s educational system, while also learning about the talents and great potential of these students. Throughout the year, mentors have the opportunity to develop their own leadership skills, gain exceptional pre-career experience, and discover the rewards of community service.

Program Location: 4th floors of McIlhenny and Thomas Penn

Special Amenities:




Contact:
Dr. Amy Stornaiuolo, Riepe College House Fellow
amystorn@upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Mentors Program


This program has 24 members.
Open to First-year Students

Women have broken through the glass ceiling enjoying successful careers in politics, journalism, medicine; leading fortune 500 companies; and being accomplished artists, performers and musicians. But have you ever wondered how they got there? What was their major in college and did they use their major to get there? What are the challenges specific to being a woman leader in today's world?

The core of this program is two-fold:

(1) to increase understanding of gender dynamics in academic and professional environments, and (2) to provide information in the form of real-life examples of how women have become distinguished Penn Alumnae.

The program will highlight the range of careers that exist for Penn graduates, specifically by inviting accomplished women across the university and beyond from their respective fields for interactive discussions. Participants will hear how the speakers have broken the mold from an executive, entrepreneur, professor, and recent working alumna perspective, while making meaningful contacts with important professional mentors.

Program Location: 4th floors of Bodine and Morris

Special Amenities:




Contact:
Amanda Atkinson, Ware College House Dean
ware@collegehouses.upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Penn Women in Leadership


This program has 18 members.
Open to First-year Students

Policy, Politics and Social Change participants will explore topics of policy and political interest and how societal concerns get translated into policy and practice through formal and informal discussions, speakers representing diverse multi-disciplinary perspectives from within Penn and the broader community and ‘hands-on’ volunteer experiences. The challenges of policy development and implementation, particularly within the context of cyclical U.S. political elections, will be a major focus.

Program Goals: This program gives program participants the chance to learn more about the complexities of American politics, and the difficulty in translating policy into realizable solutions to social, political, and economic problems.

Program Location: Throughout the House

Special Amenities:




Contact:
Ebonish Lamar, Fisher Hassenfeld House Dean
eklamar@upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Policy, Politics and Social Change


This program has 20 members.
Open to First-year Students

The Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program invites students from all academic backgrounds to participate. The group explores the opportunities and challenges for scientific, technological, and social innovation, in areas from machine learning to musicology and from medicine to politics. Through dinners, workshops, and field trips, students will meet and talk with researchers and entrepreneurs from Penn, the region, and the world.

Program Location: 4th floors of Butcher and Speakman

Special Amenities: Program Lounge




Contact:
Amanda Atkinson, Ware College House Dean
ware@collegehouses.upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship


This program has 50 members.
Open to Upperclass Students

Residents are encouraged to assess their present leadership abilities, actively pursue personal leadership development and build meaningful relationships with other floor members through events, dinners, workshops, and social activities. Additionally, each year the Rodin Leadership Program will focus on a specific theme around leadership. The theme for 2018-2019 is "Leadership and Community Engagement".

Program Objectives:

  • Identify individual strengths and pursue leadership opportunities that will help to build upon and capitalize on those strengths.

  • Analyze and apply a variety of leadership theories to current projects and opportunities on campus.

  • Observe and learn from leaders in a variety of capacities.

  • Engage in social entrepreneurship and servant leadership.

  • Develop relationships and network.

  • Identify ways in which they contributed to building a floor and a House community.

Expectations and Participation: Members of the Rodin Leadership Program should expect to attend floor meetings, participate in the annual Rodin Showcase, and generally be active members of their floor and House communities.

Program Location: 19th floor

Special Amenities: Program lounge




Contact:
Karu Kozuma, Rodin College House Fellow
kozuma@upenn.edu

For more information and application instructions, see:
Leadership Residential Program


This program has 35 members.