About the Outreach Program

The South Asia Center’s Outreach program serves K-12 teachers and students, post-secondary institutions, businesses, and the general public regionally and nationally. Our K-12 teacher training activities are routinely organized in collaboration with other organizations within University of Pennsylvania, such as the Penn Museum Education Department and the Graduate School of Education, and with community-based organizations, such as Global Education Motivators (GEM). Our Speakers Bureau brings faculty, graduate students, and the Assistant Director into regional K-12 classrooms to present on South Asia topics. Our annual Asia Day event, STARTALK summer language programs, and many other cultural events bring high school students from the region to Penn campus to learn about South Asian languages and cultures from Penn faculty and advanced graduate students.

Email Raili Roy to join the list-serve.

K–16 Resources

Our outreach resources are available to the teaching community for free or at minimum cost. This includes assistance with finding appropriate curriculum materials, developing curriculum materials on suggested topics according to state standards, presenting at professional development workshops, participating at your school’s diversity day programs, and helping you connect with experts on South Asian subjects you’re teaching. By joining our events list-serve you can keep track of our programs that are especially designed for K-12 teachers, such as professional development sessions, study abroad opportunities and updated resources.

Community Resources

The South Asia Center's Outreach program is committed to providing information and activities on diverse topics related to South Asia to all members of the community. Our outreach activities offer valuable insight into the cultures, languages, arts, literatures, religions, politics, history, and contemporary issues of South Asian countries by making available a variety of resources from Penn and beyond. Most of our resources are available to the public for free or at minimum cost. We at the South Asia Center welcome your ideas and suggestions about outreach activities for the community at large.

South Asian Community Organizations:


Penn Resources

  • Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at Penn engages in collaborative research initiatives, seminars, conferences, publications, and outreach concerning contemporary India and the Indo-US relationship today.
  • Graduate School of Education offers a wide variety of degrees and continuing education programs for teachers.
  • Knowledge@Wharton is Wharton’s online business journal, with 1.38 million subscribers worldwide. In 2006, an India edition was launched. India Knowledge@Wharton now has 60,000 web edition subscribers and 90,000 subscribers to its mobile edition in India. India Knowledge@Wharton records and distributes audio podcasts and video webcasts of Wharton conference speakers to its network of subscribers.
  • Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • School of Social Policy and Practice has South Asia-focused faculty, Toorjo Ghose and Femida Handy.
  • Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) is an annual India-centric conference hosted by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, bringing together business leaders, professionals, faculty and students to discuss the opportunities that lie in India's way and the challenges that need to be addressed.

Affiliated Faculty Program

As an Affiliated Faculty Member, we will keep you informed about new developments in current research, publications, teaching and cultural and public affairs programs via the South Asia Newsletter and our SAC Events listserv. You will also receive invitations to major events and activities; an updated list of South Asia studies faculty and scholars in the Philadelphia metropolitan area; and periodic calendars of activities. We offer Affiliated Faculty Members the opportunity to use the University's outstanding South Asia Library collection, as well as its museum, which holds an extensive South Asia collection. We also collaborate closely with the Indian & Himalayan section of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

If you are interested in becoming an Affiliated Faculty Member of the South Asia Center, please contact Jody Chavez.

See our current list of Affiliated Faculty Members.


Additional resources available in our General Resources section.