The Black Graduate Women’s Association


About BGWA

“Education. Possibility. Life. Health & Wellness. Community”

We exist to promote the visibility of black graduate women on campus and to strengthen the relationships between black women graduate students from all disciplines. We are devoted to providing a space that fosters well being, dialogue, scholarship, community and leadership development in the lives of graduate women of the African Diaspora at the University of Pennsylvania and beyond. We are committed to celebrating the successes and addressing the needs, unique challenges, and lived experiences of Black women, as well as those salient to black experiences.

Upcoming Events

Celebration of Black Womanhood Week

April 2nd-7th 2017


Monthly Affirmation

I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”

– Audre Lorde


Resources for Women

Services, events, resources, and opportunities to connect to the Philadelphia community.

Click here to explore.

For October events at Penn and in the Philadelphia area click here.

2016-2017 Leadership

Jazmyne Sutton

Annenberg School for Communication, 2020

Chair of Operations

About Jazmyne

Tajah Ebram

School of Arts & Sciences

English, 2019

Chair of Communications

About Tajah

Guerdiana Thelomar

Graduate School of Education

International Education Development Program, 2016

Chair of Student, Alumni and Community Relations

About Guerdiana

Hanae Mason

Fels Institute of Government

Public Administration, 2017

Chair of Programming

About Hanae

Alyana Blythe

Graduate School of Education

Professional Counseling, 2017

Chair of Finance

About Alyana