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The ARCH: Past and Present

February 6, 2014

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February 6, 2014 marks the official reopening of Penn’s multicultural center and research hub, the ARCH (Arts, Research and Culture House). The ARCH is home to three multicultural centers—Makuu: The Black Cultural Center, La Casa Latina—Center for Hispanic Excellence, and PAACH—the Pan Asian American Community House. It also houses the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF).

The building, which was originally built to house the Christian Association in 1928, was purchased by Penn in 1999 and since then has been making a substantial contribution to university life. The three cultural resource centers were established over a decade ago, when Penn decided to expand its mission to provide support for students of color and to foster intercultural understanding on campus. They are located on the ground floor, where students are encouraged and nurtured as well as given the space to intermingle in each center’s living room and the shared lounge / study area. CURF occupies offices on the second and third floors of the ARCH. It supplies research and fellowship advising to over 1,300 undergraduates, and supports the Benjamin Franklin Scholars and University Scholars Programs.

While the three multicultural centers and CURF are the focal points of the ARCH, there are also several spaces available for meetings, classes, presentations, and other gatherings. The building will also soon boast one of Penn’s more diverse eating options—Tortas Frontera Café, a gourmet Mexican-American eatery. The  ARCH is a testament of the University’s dedication to cultural awareness and undergraduate research.

Please visit the ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk, for the reopening celebration on Thursday, February 6 from 3-7pm.

Toluwaloshe Ayo-Ariyo CAS ’17

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