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Welcome to Penn Global Alumni and Alumni Clubs

With over 25,000 alumni living outside the United States, the University of Pennsylvania truly has a global presence in just about any community in the world.  Moreover, Penn Alumni can be found leading organizations of every type all over the globe ranging from large corporations, to government offices, and small local associations.  Penn alumni are using their education and experience to make a difference in their home country and beyond.  Penn’s alumni pride also can be found around the world as exhibited by the many volunteer leaders who work diligently to serve Penn as alumni interviewers, club leaders, and local ambassadors.

In Penn’s diverse community of engaged citizens, Penn’s Regional Clubs include over 120 clubs around the world offering alumni the chance to reconnect, to attend lively events and to get involved in collaborative initiatives that impact people and communities.  Club activities range in size and topics, from discussions featuring Penn Integrates Knowledge faculty members at Engaging Minds programs to intimate salon-style conversations, from celebratory happy hours to Penn sports viewing parties and from community and neighborhood service projects to group trips in the great outdoors. Penn Alumni Regional Clubs are charged with providing alumni with a variety of ways to connect to Penn from their own backyard.  Events are sponsored and organized in large part by Penn Alumni volunteers and leaders.

For a listing of current Penn Clubs and School specific clubs around the world, please visit the Alumni and Alumni Club section of the Global Activity Map

Alumni Making a Global Impact

  • Name:  Deika Morrison

    Country:  Jamaica

    I have been President of the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Club of Jamaica since 2008.  We try to keep the community – whether they live in Jamaica or are of Jamaican descent living elsewhere - engaged and informed through gatherings, email and social media.  Annually, we have a December get together and in the last few years we have expanded the gathering to include graduates of all Ivy League schools.  In 2010, I led an initiative for the Rotary Clubs of Jamaica to break a Guinness World Record for the Most Books Donated To Charity in Seven Days.  With the help of individuals, business and organizations all over the world – including Penn Regional Clubs – books came into Jamaica from every continent.  We smashed the original record of 242,624 books and set a new record of 657,061 books. 

    My charity, Do Good Jamaica, has as its major project Crayons Count – to support early childhood education by increasing awareness of the importance of early childhood education and providing a standard set of recommended learning materials to every pre-school in Jamaica. Annually we assist approximately 2,500 early childhood institutions with about 130,000 children aged 3- 6.  In three successful years we have provided every early childhood institution in Jamaica with crayons, books, balls, puzzles, paper, blocks, manipulatives, puppets, scissors, glue sticks, paint, paintbrushes, play dough every year.  We have expanded into teacher training with our own state of the art mobile classroom, The Crayons Count Learning Lorry, and are looking forward to more expansion in this fourth upcoming year.  I am confident that my endeavors will continue to involve the Penn Network.

Q & A

  1. What book would you recommend to others?
    • Leaving Microsoft To Change The World by John Wood.  I am re-reading it actually.  It’s an inspiring story of the drive to transform education globally and the accomplishments of Room To Read.

  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • Too many to count!  From professors and administrators who I became friends with and remain in contact with, to the campus itself, to Penn traditions, to my involvement in a wide variety of clubs, to my classes and classmates – lots of fond memories.

  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • I live in Kingston, Jamaica but I would have to speak about all of Jamaica.  Jamaica has something for everyone – beautiful beaches, the salubrious cool hills and countryside, incredible music and culture and of course, world-class food.  You absolutely must have Red Stripe Beer, Blue Mountain Coffee, rum, a patty and jerk chicken.

  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • I enjoyed all that I did – and it was a lot.  But there was much more to do - many once in a lifetime opportunities available at Penn.  For example, I wish I had done a semester abroad under the Penn umbrella to expand my global exposure and understanding.  However, as a Management and Technology student I thought my schedule would not allow.  Looking back, I think I could have done so with greater creativity.    

  5. What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
    • I have been fortunate to initiate and successfully execute projects that impact a lot of people, especially children.  The Guinness World Record Book Drive was a global collaborative project that led to the donation of hundreds of thousands of books to the island-wide library system in Jamaica in every community.  Now with my early childhood education campaign, Crayons Count is tackling education problems at the most important time of a child’s life and the foundation of learning – and we are doing so on a national level – again in every community - and now expanding regionally. 

  6. Who inspires you?

    • The late Nelson Mandela.  A man of exemplary grace who achieved all that he did in the face of immense opposition and personal hardship.  Known worldwide for his role in ending apartheid, he was admired globally as an elder statesman for advancing education, health and philanthropy, for example.  I firmly believe what he said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.  Words that I live by. 

  7. What is your favorite Penn tradition?

    • If I had to choose one tradition I think it would be Hey Day.  That transition from junior year to senior year in an all day party walking around campus in a sea of fellow students wearing red shirts, foam hats and carrying canes remains forever etched in my memory.

  • Global Activity Map
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  • An interactive map that showcases global opportunities for students, global activities of faculty, and the global reach of our alumni.

Penn Alumni Travel

Penn Alumni Travel offers a wide variety of tours to destinations around the world. Trips provide a rich travel experience thanks to their educational character, unique access to special lectures with Penn faculty, and the camaraderie of like-minded intellectually curious travelers. To find out more, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel site.