Host: Dan Treglia

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Dan Treglia is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Social Policy & Practice, where he studies causes and policy solutions for homelessness and poverty, specializes in program evaluation, and is trying to move research beyond academic journals into mainstream discussions. Among his regular research, Dan looks at the needs of homeless veterans and evaluates the programs seeking to help them and works with communities around the country to understand the scope of homelessness and poverty more generally. Prior to joining Penn as a PhD student in 2012, he spent five years managing research, evaluation, and public reporting for the City of New York’s Department of Homeless Services. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and a toddler who occasionally shares animal crackers with his dad. It’s pretty cute when it happens.

Podcast Fellow: Emily Berkowitz

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Emily is pursuing her MSW and MSSP and focuses on partner violence and housing. As a Community Educator for a domestic violence agency, Emily honed her interest in policy and prevention. In New York, she developed a curriculum to educate and train healthcare providers on how to screen and identify IPV. She promoted peer-to-peer education through youth empowerment and Mentors in Violence Prevention workshop facilitation at high schools on the topic of teen dating violence. Currently, Emily interns with Women Against Abuse, where she is placed at the OHS Appletree Intake Site to assist individuals and families homeless due to domestic violence. She is also the 2018-19 Chair of SP2 Government and promotes social media engagement for the How I Decide Foundation, an educational non-profit in Bala Cynwyd.

Podcast Fellow: Blanca Castro

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Blanca is a dual degree student pursuing her MSW and MSSP. Blanca has experience working in the fields of domestic violence and child welfare doing community education and case management. Currently, Blanca is a social work intern at the Community Legal Services as a legal advocate working with parents who have allegations of child abuse and neglect against them. She assists clients who are confronted with the social and economic injustice of oppression in the child welfare system. She also volunteers at Penn’s Youth Advocacy Project through the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Program, where she collaborates with a team of social work and law students to assist in the decertification of youth incarcerated as adults in the criminal justice system. Blanca’s research interests include immigrant rights and the child welfare system.

Podcast Fellow: Alana Peck

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Alana is currently an MSW student at SP2 and MSEd at the Graduate School of Education, but sees herself first and foremost as an advocate for students and their families. She is most interested in exploring how public school systems can be transformed into more welcoming spaces for all students to grow, learn, and find academic success. The three things that bring her the most joy in life are dogs, ice cream, and Keanu Reeves.

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