• People’s Supper at Life Do Grow Farm

    Facilitating Pathways to Create Change in Philadelphia and Beyond


The Penn State Center Philadelphia strengthens the agency of local and global communities and leaders in envisioning and implementing processes for social change. Through our work, we build long-term partnerships in and with diverse groups and urban constituencies through participatory processes to co-create meaningful, relevant, research-driven initiatives aimed to improve lives and strengthen democratic society.

Participatory Engagement and ResearchTwo women having a discussion outside in front of a tile mosaic wall
Participatory Engagement and Research - Participatory action research and related participatory methods seek to understand and improve the world by changing it.
Seeding Change Grant ProgramStudents in a community garden
Seeding Change Grant Program - The Seeding Change Grant Program funds research and student engagement projects in the Philadelphia area.
Social Justice Internship ProgramStudents in a community garden
Social Justice Internship Program - Based in Philadelphia, this program provides Penn State students with an immersive internship focused on social justice issues in an urban setting.