Race, Equity & Inclusion

Penn GSE has long been committed to preparing its students to live, work, and lead in a world marked by sweeping demographic change and interconnectedness. Our students, faculty, and staff come from diverse backgrounds, and the diversity of the school is intentionally fostered by Penn GSE’s policies and practices

An assortment of books for young readers from 2019 arranged in a suitcase

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas chooses the Best Books for Young Readers

Stories help kids understand who they are and who they can be. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas highlights stories that deal with issues like gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and socioeconomic class in ways that are real and empathetic, so all students can better understand our diverse world.

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Featured Research

HEARD: The Hub for Equity, Anti-Oppression, Research, and Development

HEARD: The Hub for Equity, Anti-Oppression, Research, and Development at GSE draws together members of our community committed to equity and anti-oppression scholarship and to provide opportunities for continuing learning.

Racial Empowerment Collaborative

The Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC) is a research, program development, and training center that brings together community leaders, researchers, authority figures, families, and youth to study and promote racial literacy and health in schools and neighborhoods. 

Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (Penn AHEAD)

The Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (Penn AHEAD) is dedicated to fostering open, equitable, and democratic societies through higher education.

Ethnography in Education Research Forum

Convened by the Center for Urban Ethnography at Penn GSE since 1980, the Ethnography in Education Research Forum is the largest annual meeting of qualitative researchers in education.

Digital Seeds/Semillas Digitales

Semillas Digitales (Digital Seeds in English) is a research-based initiative that collaborates with local stakeholders to improve education in coffee-producing communities in Nicaragua through holistic teacher support and technology integration.

PEDAL: Practical English for Daily Living

PEDAL: Practical English for Daily Living offers free English as a Second Language classes taught by students in the M.S.Ed. TESOL program. It provides courses for family members of staff, students, professors, scholars, and post-docs at Penn, as well as Community courses for West Philadelphians.

Coalition for Educational Equity

The Coalition for Educational Equity provides innovative resources, research-based training, and technical assistance and consultation to school district leaders throughout the Mid-Atlantic region in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

PACE (Programs for Awareness in Cultural Education)

PACE (Programs for Awareness in Cultural Awareness) is collaboration between Educational Linguistics/Intercultural Communication and the Greenfield Intercultural Center. It was founded in 1993 by Penn GSE students. Its mission is to train students to increase cross-cultural awareness at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Related Links 

Visiting Scholars of Color

Each year since 2008, a number of scholars of color from all over the country are invited to Penn GSE to give lectures and share their research with faculty and students as part of the Visiting Faculty Scholars of Color series. The series also provides an opportunity for doctoral student socialization and learning. These talks are followed up with a lunch and conversation between students and the speaker about their work. 

Committee for Race, Equity, and Inclusion 

The Committee on Race, Equity, and Inclusion has focused its work on addressing school climate, creating a center that brings together students interested in issues of race and equity, and strengthening policies and procedures for dealing with sexual harassment and racial bias. 

Penn GSE's Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion