International Homelessness Research Conference:
Advancing the Policy and Practice of Crisis Response Systems
Monday, June 3 - Tuesday, June 4, 2013
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One Child, Many Hands: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Child Welfare "Child Welfare in the Age of Reform: Creating a New Normal”
Wednesday, June 12 - Friday, 14, 2013
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Simran Noor, MSSP/MPA'11
Coordinator of Advocacy, Center for Social Inclusion
The Social Policy program at SP2 was an excellent training ground for my current position as Coordinator of Advocacy at the Center for Social Inclusion. During my time at Penn, I was able to both refine my policy analysis and development skills and gain a deep and extensive knowledge about the history of social policy and programs and intersections with and implications for race, class, and gender dynamics in the U.S. My current role requires me to think strategically about policy opportunity and leverage. By gaining policy development knowledge and skills like outlining key elements of legislation, utilizing Thomas (The Library of Congress site) and basic statistical and applied research methods and conducting stakeholder analyses during my time at SP2, I am much more effective in my current position.
To the School of Social Policy & Practice Community:
Deans at the University of Pennsylvania are initially appointed to serve a seven-year term, and then, after a review and consultation, may be appointed for an additional term of five years. Next year will be the final year of my second term, and I will complete my tenure as Dean on June 30, 2014.
The greatest professional achievement of my life was joining the faculty of the School of Social Work in 1998. I have since enjoyed the honor and privilege of serving as Interim and then Dean of the School. I do not believe in legacies or in tallying accomplishments. Since my first day in this office I have tried to guide myself using Maya Angelou’s quote: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I hope that I have done my best to never forget how I make people feel.
Whatever positive changes and great accomplishments have occurred in the past 12 years are due to the efforts of our entire community. Our Board of Overseers, faculty, staff, students, and alums are the very best in the world. We have confronted and overcome significant challenges, adversity, and obstacles. I have enough experience as an administrator to know that without the efforts of everyone in the school, we could not have achieved all of the successes the school has enjoyed.
I want to thank you all for your support and work on behalf of SP2. I look forward to returning to the faculty as a teacher, researcher, and contributor to the community.
Richard J. Gelles, Ph.D.
Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence
‘CultureBlocks’ A New Way to Find Philly Arts
Philadelphia Inquirer, April 30, 2013
SP2’s Social Impact of the Arts Project is mentioned for its involvement with a new website called CultureBlocks.
PARADISE LOST? Sandy washed away more than Jersey Shore icons
Asbury Park Press, April 29, 2013
On the 6-month anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Dr. Roberta R. Iversen comments on the complexity of rebuilding after disaster.
The New Philanthropists: More Sophisticated, More Demanding -- and Younger
Knowledge@Wharton, April 24, 2013
Katherina M. Rosqueta, founding executive director of Penn's Center for High Impact Philanthropy, points to the promise of hybrid models -- such as for-profit companies with a social purpose -- that offer "the best of what the financial capital markets can bring, and move beyond grants to create social change."