Opportunities for involvement are available within the following categories:
ADMISSIONS & MENTORING
Alumni Interview Program
The Alumni Interview Program is a network of over 8000 global alumni volunteers who assist the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in a variety of capacities. Alumni Interviewers play a crucial role as ambassadors for the university, sharing information about Penn in their local communities, as well as identifying compelling applicants in their particular region, in order to assist the Admissions Office in their work of selecting the next generation of Penn students. The Alumni Interview Program membership application form is available at http://www.alumni.upenn.edu/interviews/
Learning Leadership through Study / Living Leadership
The Robert A. Fox Leadership Program's “study
and serve” mission is to equip and encourage Penn
undergraduates to be public-spirited, results-oriented
leaders both now and in whatever walks of human excellence
and endeavor they may choose after graduating from Penn.
Alumni Career Network (PACNet)
PACNet is our career network through which Penn alumni can offer career advice and guidance to students and alumni with career questions. The database is searchable by career field, title, employer name, geography or degree. This tool is part of the Penn Alumni Online Community, and has around 2200 mentors. We are always seeking alumni volunteers to provide their work expertise to current students and their Penn peers as mentors for professional development. Sign up today if you are willing to share your experience and advice with fellow Penn students and alumni!
Alumni Student Society (PASS)
The Penn Alumni Student Society is dedicated to connecting past, present, and future Quakers. PASS supports members of the Penn community by providing opportunities for co-curricular education, mentorship, networking, personal interaction and direct communication with alumni and fellow students.
Young Penn Alumni Leadership Council
The Young Penn Alumni Leadership Council is a group of Penn graduates of the last decade who are dedicated to giving their young Penn alumni peers opportnities to connect with each other, with campus, and with other alumni throughout the US and beyond. Volunteer opportunities range from regional representatives, advisory roles, philanthropic volunteers, and more and more.
Please contact yPenn@exchange.upenn.edu for more information
The Penn in Washington program’s main goal is to encourage Penn students to consider careers in public policy. During the summer in Washington, in addition to providing internship placement assistance, we organize speakers and networking events and we match interested students with alumni mentors who are willing to share career advice. We also help Washington Semester Program students find internships during the academic year, and organize several day trips to Washington for students who are considering Washington for the summer or their first job. The day trips serve as an introduction to Washington and an opportunity to speak to Penn alumni about their work. Alumni who would like to help can hire a Penn intern, mentor a student, or sponsor an event. Please visit our website or contact the program director, Deirdre Martinez, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Center for the Performing Arts
The Annenberg Center is a multi-disciplinary venue offering world-renowned and emerging artists who express adventuresome perspectives on contemporary issues and timeless ideas and who further the Center’s commitment to artistic and intellectual excellence, diversity, and education for adult, student, and family audiences. Serving Penn and the Delaware Valley region as a comprehensive performing arts center, it is distinguished by a broad-based program of music, theatre, dance, arts education, and outreach. Contact: http://www.annenbergcenter.org/about/contact.php
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
Founded in 1963, the ICA is a leader in the presentation of contemporary art. Through exhibitions, commissions, educational programs, and publications, ICA invites the public to share in the experience, interpretation and understanding of the work of established and emerging artists. Share your passion and knowledge about art with guests to the ICA by volunteering as a docent or staffing the information desk.
University of Pennsylvania Press
Penn Press exists to publish meritorious works that advance scholarly research and educational objectives. With an active backlist of more than 1000 titles and an annual output of upwards of 100 new books and journals in a focused editorial program across the humanities and social sciences, the Press addresses the needs of scholars, teachers, students, professionals, and the broader community of readers worldwide.
Contact: Eric Halpern
Kelly Writers House Alumni
For over a decade now, the Writers House has served as a campus home for writers of all kinds from Penn and the Philadelphia region at large. The house thrives in large part due to the talented and energetic involvement of Penn alumni. Make yourself a resource to Penn students and fellow alumni interested in writing, teaching and publishing by listing yourself in the Writer's House E-Directory, or share your wisdom and experience with members of the Penn community by participating in a reading, workshop or discussion series.
Contact: Writers House
Daily Pennsylvanian Alumni Association
The Alumni Association provides services to alumni, such as a thrice-yearly newsletter, a DP Alumni Directory, and casual get-togethers on Homecoming and Alumni Day. It also offers advice and assistance to the student staff through mentoring programs and special events, such as the Marquez Journalism Conference held on campus each fall. For up-to-date information, visit our website: theDP.com/dpaa.
Contact: DP Alumni Association
Student Cultural Centers
The Division of the Vice Provost for University Life (VPUL) nurtures the inter ests and aspirations of Penn students through world-class services that effectively and efficiently foster the integration of students' intellectual, cultural, personal, recreational, social and leadership experiences. VPUL's Resource Centers develop and implement innovative programs for leadership development and service in close collaboration with student and community groups.
African American Resource Center
The mission of AARC is to enhance the quality of life for faculty, staff and students at the University of Pennsylvania, with a particular focus on those of African descent. AARC constructively and proactively helps to create a teaching-learning community of real and harmonious diversity.
Greenfield Intercultural Center
The mission of the GIC is to serve as an intercultural resource on campus by promoting institution-wide dialogues that raise awareness of the rich traditions and diversity within the Penn community while encouraging students to understand the importance of building a strong intercultural community at Penn.
La Casa Latina
La Casa Latina is a Center devoted to developing greater awareness of Latino issues, culture and identity on Penn's campus. The Center supports students through resources and services that foster the integration of their academic, social, cultural, and community service activities to enrich their Penn experience.
Contact: La Casa Latina
Makuu is a primary resource for students of African
descent that serves as a repository of University resources
to help increase students' academic, intellectual, social,
cultural, and professional success at Penn. We aim to
enhance student life by encouraging open dialogue, collaborative
efforts and community exploration within and without
the Penn campus.
Pan Asian American Community House
The Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) is the central resource for students and student organizations with Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage. PAACH works with its academic partner, the Asian American Studies Program to provide events on research, culture, history, politics and social issues.
Gay Bisexual Transgender Center
Established in 1982, The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center (LGBT), one
of the oldest and most active programs of its kind in the country, supports LGBT
students, staff, alumni, and faculty and increases the general Penn community's
understanding and acceptance of its sexual and gender minority members.
Contact: LGBT Center
Penn Women's Center
The mission of the Penn Women's Center (PWC) is to ensure that the University of Pennsylvania is responsive to women's concerns in any activity with the following services: services to individuals (advising, advocacy, counseling/case management, information and referral, etc.), educational programming (workshops, presentations, conferences etc.), policy development and implementation (consultation, training) networking (on and off campus) and administration.
Contact: Penn Women's Center
WXPN-FM is the non-commercial public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania and the premier radio showcase for contemporary music that spans the progressive edges of rock, folk, rhythm and blues, and American roots. WXPN is one of the most listened to public broadcasting services in the country because of the support of its listeners and volunteers. Answer phones, take donations and provide membership information to callers during one of WXPN's three annual on-air membership drives, or volunteer during the All About Music Festival weekend and hand out flyers, provide assistance to the performers and enjoy some wonderful live music!
WXPN Policy Board
Because of station broadcasts to the external community, WXPN reports to a Policy Board, which was created in 1979. The University President appoints all 16 members of the Policy Board, although some nominations come from specific campus constituencies. Eight members of the Board are selected from the community at large; these members are nominated by the Board's Executive Committee and appointed by the President.
COMMUNITY SERVICE top
Center for Community Partnerships (CCP)
Founded in 1992, the CCP is Penn's primary vehicle for bringing to bear the broad range of human knowledge needed to solve the complex, comprehensive, and interconnected problems of the American city.
Civic House is Penn's hub for student-led community service and social advocacy work. Through education, community connections, and other resources, Civic House prepares students for responsible and effective civic engagement and leadership. We also welcome alumni engaged in the public interest who are eager to share their experiences with students.
Penn Cares was formed with the idea of having the Penn Community, chiefly Penn alumni from around the world; participate in community service projects in order to be dynamic agents of social, economic, and civic progress. Penn Cares encourages alumni to participate in community service projects, both on campus and off. Visit Penn Cares for more information or Contact: email@example.com
The Penn Fund
The Penn Fund solicits unrestricted gifts annually from alumni holding undergraduate degrees as well as from friends of the University, and is a major source of funds that help underwrite the education expenses for all current Penn students. Penn alumni volunteer phonathons are critical to achieving The Penn Fund goals each year, and over 5,000 alumni and parents are contacted annually.
Contact: Colin Hennessy
EDUCATION & RESEARCH INSTITUTES/CENTERS top
Family Cancer Research Institute
The Abramson Cancer Center serves as the forum for integrating
cancer research, education, and patient care. Volunteer
opportunities include clinic assignments, making caps
and lap quilts for patients through the sewing and knitting
project, and positions supporting Oncology Nursing Units
(clown volunteers, Musician on Call Guides, Nursing
Unit Volunteers). Other volunteer positions in the Perelman
Center for Advanced Medicine and The Hospital of the
University of Pennsylvania are also needed to support
patient care. Contact: Donna
of the University of Pennsylvania
The Penn Libraries, and its resources are the heart
of the learning community at the University. Penn’s
15 Libraries contain over five million volumes and countless
electronic resources which make up the critical tools
enabling students and faculty to achieve excellence.
In addition to the Penn community, the Libraries are
open to the public and serve as an important resource
for West Philadelphia. Volunteers have the opportunity
to engage in a variety of activities and are encouraged
to contact the Development Office for additional information.
The Morris Arboretum is a 92-acre horticultural display garden and educational institution, and is the official Arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The spectacular collection of mature trees from around the world, the formal rose garden, English Park, swan pond and elegant and unique glasshouse Fernery complement colorful flowerscapes and woodland walks. The Arboretum conducts four major activities: education, research, outreach, and horticultural display. Use your green thumb as a Horticulture Volunteer in one of the many gardens or enroll in our guide program to learn about the Arboretum and lead tours. The Arboretum also features a Garden Railway Display each summer and volunteers are needed to greet visitors and share their wonders of the Arboretum. No experience is needed.
For Guide Training information - Liza Hawley
For Horticulture or Garden Railway Volunteer Information - Iana Turner
of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
From Egypt to Babylon and everywhere in between, the
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and
Anthropology advances understanding of the world's cultural
heritage through its research, collections, exhibitions,
and educational programming. Since it's beginnings in
1880s, the Museum has depended on volunteer help for
many of its projects and much of its development. Today,
more than 250 volunteers participate regularly, outnumbering
the staff almost 3 to 1. Many volunteers stick around
for 10, 20, 30 years and more, helping out in nearly
all aspects of the institution, from cultivating membership
to taking traveling exhibits to local schools. Volunteer
docents currently being recruited.
Contact: Jane Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The University Archives strives to ensure the timeless preservation of historically significant documents and other materials that reflect the University's origins and development and the activities and achievements of its officers, staff, faculty, students, alumni, and benefactors.
The Parents Program is committed to offering a number of ways for parents to get involved in the Penn community and donate your generous time and energy. Parent volunteers serve as ambassadors in the Penn parent community helping to welcome and engage Penn families. Being a parent volunteer is one more way to stay connected and involved in your child's Penn experience. Please visit our website at www.pennparents.org to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.
The Parents Council
The Parents Council is a select group of dedicated parents who have come together to represent the parent community at the University by providing thoughtful and meaningful feedback on Penn's undergraduate initiatives along with communication and involvement activities for parents. Through meetings and planned activities, our Parents Council members help build and strengthen Penn's programming for the parent community.
PENN ALUMNI top
Penn Alumni is comprised of over 250,000 matriculants to all of Penn's undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. Whether you have the perfect idea for the way to celebrate your next reunion or you are interested in expanding Penn Alumni activities in your region, there is an opportunity for to you contribute to the Penn family.
Alumni groups help you connect with people who share your interest. They provide a community for networking and a connection back to Penn. As you enjoy the camaraderie and commitment of your Penn peers, you will also be helping to build an ever stronger and more diverse university community.
Association of Alumnae
Every woman who receives a degree from Penn becomes
a member of the Association, which promotes the interests
and welfare of the University in areas of concern to
women. Whether it be honoring the women of the 50th
reunion class, or welcoming the current graduating class
of women to the ranks of alumnae during Senior Week.
In addition to other programs and events like hosting
a "Day at Pennsylvania" for area high school
women or fundraising to support a scholarship program,
your fellow alumnae invite you to join them in sharing
your time and experience with the past, present and
future women of Penn.
Association of Latino Alumni (ALA)
Founded in 1999, ALA promotes the interests of Latino students and alumni. ALA encourages Latino alumni to avail themselves of Penn's resources for a lifetime of education and enrichment, while facilitating their re-connection to one another and the University community.
Contact: Cecilia Ramirez
Association of Native Alumni (ANA)
ANA promotes the interests and welfare of Native American alumni, strengthens and deepens friendships, encourages active recruitment and retention of Native faculty and students and furthers Penn's commitment to the advancement of Native American higher education.
Contact: Cecilia Ramirez
Black Alumni Society (BAS)
Founded in 1982, with regional chapters in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, DC, BAS encourages communication and cooperation among black alumni, black students, and the University community.
James Brister Society (JBS)
Founded in 1993, JBS is an organization comprised of
diverse alumni leaders. These leaders, by power of their
example, support and promote Penn's efforts to attract,
encourage, and maintain a culturally diverse community
of faculty, students, administrators, staff, and volunteers,
thus enriching the University community as a whole.
The society is named in honor of James Brister, an 1881
graduate of the Dental School, and the first African-American
graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Contact: Nicole Maloy
Founded as an informal organization in 1984, PennGALA became an official part of the University's Alumni Society in 1999. PennGALA supports the family of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender alumni and promotes their interests at Penn.
Trustees' Council of Penn Women
"The Trustees' Council of Penn Women is a national
network of Penn alumnae. These leaders, by power of
their example, support, foster and promote the advancement
of women and women's issues within the University, thus
enriching the University community as a whole."
For more than twenty years, The Trustees’ Council
of Penn Women has impacted the lives of Penn women
by bringing to the foreground women and women’s
issues across Penn’s campus. Our energy, financial
support and service to Penn reflects our commitment.
Our ongoing programs and initiatives support scholarship,
research and fellowship, athletics and the arts. We
have raised the bar on gender equity and continue
to collaborate with the University to support women
faculty. Our grants seed and sustain an array of graduate
and undergraduate extracurricular activities; our
work with students and young alumnae supports their
growth and vision. Opportunities for individual women
and innumerable groups have grown and flourished with
University of Pennsylvania Asian Alumni Network (UPAAN)
Founded in 2001, UPAAN is committed to developing and maintaining an international network for Asian Pacific Islander alumni and students. UPAAN's mission is to inspire, develop, and nurture the interests of its constituents with the University.
Contact: Cecilia Ramirez
Classes & Reunions
Alumni volunteers are a driving force behind the successful planning and execution of class reunions. The following are ways in which you can support your class, both in reunion and non-reunion years.
Contact: Lisbeth Willis
Alumni Class Leadership Council (ACLC)
ACLC works to make alumni undergraduate class leadership stronger and broader, and encourages participation in all alumni activities including Homecoming and Alumni Weekend. In addition, the ACLC advises attendees at the annual Penn Reunion Leadership Conference on how to effectively plan and promote reunions.
Non-reunion year class officers
Class reunions don't come together overnight. Class leadership during non-reunion years is key to the planning and execution of a successful reunion celebration. Take the lead and start building up your classmate's excitement and engagement as you prepare for your reunion.
Quinquennial reunion year committees
Whether it be your 5th reunion or your 50th, it is the participation of you and your classmates that will make it truly memorable and meaningful. Help create events for your reunion by joining a planning committee. Encourage your classmates to contribute to your class gift as a member of a gift committee.
Global Alumni Network (GAN)
From Philadelphia to Hong Kong, the GAN team coordinates a world-wide network of alumni volunteers providing year-round intellectual, cultural, social and networking events. Reconnect with Penn and your fellow alumni by joining one of the Global Alumni Network's 68 domestic clubs and 54 international clubs.
Penn Alumni Governance
Membership in the following governing bodies is generally by invitation.
Penn Alumni Council of Representatives
This body is made up of undergraduate class presidents, alumni club presidents, and presidents of the Penn Alumni's constituent groups, about 300 members in all, and currently convenes twice a year.
Penn Alumni Board of Directors
The Board is a panel of approximately 50 members who conduct the business of Penn Alumni under its By-Laws.
Penn Alumni Executive Committee
The Committee, a nine member subset of the Board of Directors including the Penn Alumni President and officers, is vested with the full power of the Board between meetings; the Committee's actions, however, must be approved by the Board at its next meeting.
SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS top
School for Communication (no Alumni Association)
Education Alumni Association
Contact: Lauren Henry
Medicine Alumni Society
The Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Society promotes the interests of the Dental School and its graduates. Led by an Executive Committee, the Alumni Society takes an active role in encouraging students to be active in the life of the School and remain engaged as alumni through events such as the White Coat Ceremony, Senior Farewell, and the Alumni Career Series. Alumni are encouraged to become involved by serving as a member-at-large on the Executive Committee.
Contact: Sarah Burton
Contact: Anthony Sorrentino
The Penn Engineering Alumni Society serves the proud role of keeping the connections between our alumni and the School strong. All graduates of Penn Engineering automatically become members of the Alumni Society. The Alumni Society's Board of Directors oversees a series of activities throughout the year: the Senior Design Competition, the Mentoring Program, and other opportunities to network with current students, faculty and fellow alumni.
All Penn Law alumni are members of the Law Alumni Society, which provides outreach, service and recognition to and for the Law School’s valued graduates. The LAS Board of Managers serves as the principal group representing alumni and coordinates activities focused on helping our alumni and aiding the Law School in achieving its mission. The Board meets three times each year on campus, ensuring a full opportunity for the managers to immerse themselves in the life of the Law School and provide volunteer service to the Law School through one of five committees. Club leaders are also members of the Board, spreading their reach from Boston to Beijing. Watch for an overview of the LAS, its committees and outreach, and its Board of Managers soon.
Contact: Lucyna Gorski
Contact: Page Pepper
All graduates of the University of Pennsylvania School
of Nursing and the HUP School of Nursing are automatically
members of Penn Nursing Alumni. The Penn Nursing Alumni
Board represents over 14,000 graduates of this top private
school of nursing in the country and works with the
Nursing Alumni Office to connect and engage with our
alumni through a variety of opportunities and events.
From student workplace visits to elected Alumni Board
positions, we invite you to browse our website and click
on " Volunteer
Opportunities" to learn more about the many
ways you can get involved.
School of Social Policy & Practice
Contact: Coreen M. Haggerty
Stay connected with one of the strongest global business
communities in the world through the School’s
new online community, WhartonConnect. Visit the site
by logging on at www.wharton.upenn.edu/alumni
and learn about the resources and services for alumni,
as well as opportunities to expand your engagement with
the School through regional and affinity clubs, reunions
and special events.
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The Pottruck Center
The Department of Recreation offers the opportunity
for the Penn Community to participate in intramural
sports, open recreation, group exercise classes, sport
clubs, fitness programs, and special interest programs.
Newly added to the facilty are our private Pilates sessions, massage therapy and personal training. Support your fellow alumni by volunteering at the annual
Homecoming Run. Volunteers are needed to assist with
registration, hand out water, and staff checkpoints.
Contact: Mike Reno
UNIVERSITY GOVERNANCE top
Boards of Overseers
The Boards of Overseers are the advisory bodies to the deans of the schools. Overseer boards serve as a vital channel of communication with the Trustees on the activities of the University's many constituent parts. Boards of Overseers afford Penn ready panels of professionals, experts, and informed lay people who provide volunteer leadership and financial support. Membership on these Boards is generally by invitation.
Board of Trustees
Formal institutional governance and fiduciary responsibility rests solely with its Board of Trustees. The trustees delegate the responsibility for the day-to-day management of the University to the administration and, in particular, to the president. In consultation with the president, the trustees determine the long-range allocation of resources, making decisions in the context of the needs and expectations of the University's constituencies and of society. Membership on the Board is generally by invitation.
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