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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

Faculty & Research, Student Life

SP2 Task Force on Race and Social Justice

Earlier this year, Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) launched the SP2 Task Force on Race and Social...

SP2 alumna Xiaorui Hou

Alumni Stories

MSSP Alumna Shares United Nations Internship Experience

Ever since she was an undergraduate student, Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) alumna Xiaorui Hou, MSSP ‘19,...

School of Social Policy & Practice sign on the Caster Building seen with pink azaleas.

Faculty & Research

Two SP2 Faculty Members Receive Promotions

In recognition of their exemplary contributions to research and pedagogy, two standing faculty members from Penn’s School of Social Policy...

Rachael Neff

Alumni Stories

SP2 Alumna Named Southeast Division Representative of NASW-PA

Rachael Neff, a 2004 alumna of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy &...

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