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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

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Faculty & Research

Remembering Dr. Richard Gelles

It is with profound sadness that SP2 shares news of the passing of Dr. Richard Gelles. Dr. Gelles was diagnosed with...

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Alumni Stories

SP2 Grad Advocates for Philly’s LGBTQ Population

As policy fellow with Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs, Sayeeda Rashid of the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2)...

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Student Life

June 25, 2020 Message to the SP2 Community

Dear SP2 Students and Alumni, A group of students and alumni has circulated an open letter and petition addressed to me,...

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Student Life

Philanthropy Class Provides $55K in Grants to Local Nonprofits Amid COVID-19 Crisis

As safety measures around the COVID-19 pandemic halted all on-campus activity at Penn, Doug Bauer and Greg Goldman— like many...

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