Welcome to Civic House!

Civic House is Penn’s hub for civic engagement, centering community organizations and social justice education, promoting mutually beneficial collaborations between Penn and Philadelphia community nonprofit organizations. Through social justice education, trainings and workshops, Civic House prepares students for responsible community engagement and empowers them to become advocates for social change.


Herman Beavers named Faculty Director of Civic House

A photo of Herman Beavers

Civic House has exciting news! Provost Wendell Pritchett has appointed Herman Beavers, Professor of English and Africana Studies, as the next Faculty Director of Civic House and the Penn Civic Scholars Program.

Professor Beavers will succeed our long-time Faculty Director Walter Licht, whose transition was announced early in the spring semester. In addition to his many academic honors and scholarly contributions, Professor Beavers has been deeply involved with a number of community-focused efforts that will make him an excellent partner in our work.  He is enthusiastic about getting better acquainted with our students, staff, and community partners, and to becoming involved in and actively supporting all of Civic House’s programs. You can read more about the announcement here.

Walter Licht stepping down as Faculty Director

As some of you have learned, Walter Licht, the long-serving Faculty Director of Civic House and the Penn Civic Scholars program, will step down from these leadership roles this summer.  Walter has been a part of our community since 2002, supporting Civic House programs overall, and developing and leading the Civic Scholars program since its inception.  We will miss his regular presence at Civic House, but are grateful for his many contributions and glad that he will still be nearby as a faculty member and as a neighbor!  Provost Wendell Pritchett has initiated a search for the next Faculty Director, and we will keep you updated as we have any news about that process.


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“Civic House has given me a really good foundation
about how to be civically minded.”

Civic House is proud to spotlight Class of 2020 student, Aileen Walsh.

Learn how Aileen’s work with Penn Alternative Breaks (formerly ASB) emphasizes social justice education and relationships with community partners.