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Welcome to the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2)! For more than 100 years, SP2 has been a powerful force for good in the world, working towards social justice and social change through research and practice. SP2 contributes to the advancement of more effective, efficient, and humane human services through education, research, and civic engagement. The passionate pursuit of social innovation, impact, and justice is at the heart of the School’s knowledge-building activities.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The School of Social Policy & Practice contributes to the advancement of more effective, efficient, and humane human services through education, research, and civic engagement.

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Message from the President

Message from the President

Message from the President

Read a message from the University of Pennsylvania President, Dr. Amy Gutmann.

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Message from the Dean

Message from the Dean

Message from the Dean

Read a message from the Dean of SP2, Dr. Sara S. Bachman.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

Throughout its history, the SP2 has been committed to understanding and embracing diversity in its countless forms.

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SP2 History

SP2 History

SP2 History

For more than 100 years, SP2 (formerly the School of Social Work) has maintained its core values of promoting social justice and working toward the elimination of oppression.

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Directions & Parking

Directions & Parking

Directions & Parking

Find information regarding directions and parking around SP2.

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SP2 News

Jennifer Prah Ruger

Faculty & Research

Health Equity in a Time of Global Crisis

We’ve all seen the graphs. Italy and Iran’s numbers are peaking; Taiwan’s is relatively flat. In the United States, a...

Tenting in Los Angeles

Faculty & Research

New Report: Impact of COVID-19 on Homelessness

The coronavirus pandemic is likely to kill more than 3,400 people experiencing homelessness across the United States, according to new...

Headshot of Johanna Greeson

Faculty & Research

SP2 Associate Professor Testifies at City Council Hearing on Missing and Exploited Children

In a moving testimonial, Johanna Greeson, PhD, spoke before the Philadelphia City Council’s Children and Youth Committee during their recent...

Ben Jealous

Faculty & Research

Q&A with Ben Jealous, former NAACP head turned tech investor

Ben Jealous has accomplished a great deal in his 47 years. The former—and youngest ever—head of the NAACP managed the Mississippi’s Jackson...

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