The Muslim Life Residential Program provides residents with an experiential living and learning space focused on the appreciation of Islamic culture, food, history, and practice, providing students of any background a chance to learn about the local effect of Islam and the daily experiences of Muslims. Islam is deeply integrated in the culture of Philadelphia particularly, so this program offers students across Penn a way to appreciate how Islam influences daily life in the home of one of the largest Muslim communities in North America.
The program will offer regular opportunities for lectures and academic programs about Islamic perspectives on student life, including explorations of Islam’s rich history in Philadelphia, spiritual perspectives on mental health, and the ways Islamic/faith-based ethics manifest in fields like healthcare and business. Social activities will be a big part of the program as well, exploring the Philadelphia halal restaurant scene, touring historic sites in the city, and performing community service with the West Philadelphia Muslims Serve project.
Additionally, this program floor offers a space where Muslim students on campus can comfortably explore their own faith identity. Opportunities and space for communal prayer will be provided.
Floor: 9, Student-Designed Community
If you are applying to a Program Community, determine if you would like to request a roommate, but keep in mind that your roommate must also be accepted to the Program Community.
Students of any gender can be roommates if they all elect to be in Gender Inclusive Housing.
For more detailed information on the Program Community application and process please visit https://www.collegehouses.upenn.edu/life/upperclass. Please note that all applicants are required to respond to the following questions in an essay using a maximum of 500 words:
Why are you interested in joining this Program Community?
What would your involvement bring to this program’s overall experience?
How have you participated in your current House community?
Applications will be reviewed by Harnwell Senior Staff and RAGAs/student coordinators affiliated with The Muslim Life Residential Program. In order for an application to be seriously considered, it is highly encouraged that the essay reflects the uniqueness of the Program. If needed, Harnwell Senior Staff and RAGAs/student coordinators reserve the right to reach out to applicants clarifying room requests and additional concerns.
firstname.lastname@example.org, please include "The Muslim Life Residential Program" in the subject header.