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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

XSD participants at the Fall 2019 convening at Penn's Houston Hall

Faculty & Research

Penn’s First Executive Program in Social Innovation Design

It was just steps away from the hushed calm of the reading room at the Fisher Fine Arts Library, but...

Dennis Culhane pictured on 60 Minutes

Faculty & Research

SP2 Professor Discusses Seattle-Area Homelessness on 60 Minutes

In a recent segment on 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper visits the Seattle area to hear from some of America's more...

Maria Florencia Tejeda

Student Life

Fulbright Scholar Builds Data Skills for Social Change in MSSP+DA Program

Each year, the prestigious Fulbright Program provides academic grants to around 8,000 students and scholars in 160 countries worldwide. A...

2019 SP2 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

Alumni Stories

SP2 Celebrates 2019 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

Established in 2018, the annual SP2 Alumni Hall of Fame celebrates outstanding social work, social policy, and nonprofit leaders who...

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