Affinity Groups

The organizations listed below comprise GAPSA's IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Leadership) Council, a Council charged with representing graduate and professional affinity group interests across all of Penn's twelve graduate schools. Each of these organizations offer a variety of opportunities to connect academically, professionally, and socially.


Black Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (BGAPSA)

The Black Graduate and Professional Student Assembly is a student organization committed to enhancing the quality of life for Black graduate and professional students and facilitating dialogue across the different graduate and professional groups.

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Black Graduate Women's Association (BGWA)

The Black Graduate Women's Association was founded to promote black graduate women visibility on campus, and strengthen the relationships between black women graduate students from all disciplines. In addition, we are devoted to providing a space that fosters well-being, dialogue, scholarship, community, and leadership development in the lives of graduate women of the African Diaspora at the University of Pennsylvania and beyond. We are committed to celebrating the successes and addressing the needs, unique challenges, and lived experiences of Black women, as well as those salient to the Black experience.

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Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Penn (CSSAP)

Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Penn aims to improve the mutual understanding and friendship among all Chinese students and scholars at Penn, to protect members' legal rights, to provide members with necessary services, and to contribute to the cultural diversity of the Penn community.

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Ernest E. Just Biomedical Society

The Ernest E. Just Biomedical Society at the University of Pennsylvania aims to serve the general academic, social and professional needs of the biomedical community, with an emphasis on the retention of underrepresented PhD students.

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Lambda Grads

Lambda Grads is the university-wide LGBTQ student organization, representing all LGBTQ graduate and professional students at the University of Pennsylvania. We work to cultivate an active and welcoming community for LGBTQ students and their allies. Recognizing the importance of inter-departmental relations among students, Lambda Grads fosters collaboration between the diverse LGBTQ graduate groups at Penn. We organize academic, social, and professional events in order to broaden and enrich the Penn LGBTQ graduate community. Our bimonthly board meetings are held at the LGBTC, and they are open to all members.

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The Latin American Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (LAGAPSA)

The Latin American Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (LAGAPSA) shall enhance the quality of life for graduate and professional students of Latin American, Latino, and/or Hispanic descent at the University of Pennsylvania through a centralized, campus-wide organizational structure that addresses their academic, social, political, and cultural needs and concerns through programming, services, and advocacy.

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Pan Asian American Graduate Student Association (PAAGSA)

PAAGSA seeks to improve the academic and social lives of Asian and Asian-American graduate and professional students at UPenn, and increase their awareness about Asian/Asian-American issues. Through our various social, academic, health and wellness, and service-related activities, we seek to establish connections between both international Asian and Asian-American students across the graduates and professional schools, thereby fostering a sense of community among the Pan-Asian population at Penn.

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Penn Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (PGWISE)

PGWISE is a career development and outreach organization that works to correct the gender disparities in science by increasing the recruitment and retention of women into STEM fields. We use our passion for research to help foster an interest in science among girls early in their educational careers, while cultivating a community at Penn dedicated to facilitating the advancement of female graduate and post-doctoral trainees.

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Rangoli - The Indian Association at Penn

Established in 2000, Rangoli is a University of Pennsylvania organization that was formed to prolong Indian culture and rekindle the spirit of various Indian traditions and festivals with verve and vigor. Rangoli is proud to embark upon its sixteenth year as it continues to be one of Penn's completely incorporated organizations. We are open to every member of Penn's community as we try to reach out to the various other cultural groups. Rangoli receives its funds from the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, GAPSA.

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Students Confronting Racism and White Privilege (SCRWP)

SCRWP exists to enhance the quality of life and provide a community for students wishing to promote racial diversity and advocate against racial injustice at the University of Pennsylvania. Through events such as screenings, comedy nights, symposia, and lectures, we provide a space to discuss race-related issues in ourselves, our school and our society. The only requirement is a desire to take an anti-racist stance in learning about race and whiteness, and a willingness to face discomfort, uncertainty, or anger in the process.

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