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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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ActionSP2

ActionSP2

ActionSP2

Using a multimodal approach, ActionSP2 engages students, faculty, alumni, & other learners by highlighting individuals and organizations that work toward successful action and advocacy.

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SP2 News

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

Faculty & Research

Several SP2 Experts Listed as Top 100 Most Influential Contemporary Social Work Faculty

Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) faculty members Richard J. Gelles, Steven C. Marcus, Phyllis Solomon, Ram A....

Jennifer Plumb

Alumni Stories

What I Did With My DSW Degree: Jennifer Plumb

For years, social work professionals have furthered their careers as innovators, educators, and leaders in the field with degree programs...

Marquisha Lawrence Scott

Student Life

Support on the Ground: PhD Student Examines Where Faith Organizations and Social Work Intertwine

Faith-based organizations often offer tangible forms of aid through initiatives such as disaster relief efforts and financial assistance programs. But...

Alice Cooper

Student Life

Toward Equitable Education for All: MSSP Student Channels Social Policy Theory into Social Good

For Alice Cooper, an MSSP (Master of Science in Social Policy Program) student at Penn’s School of Social Policy &...

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