Commitment to the Community

SP2 is located in the vibrant community of West Philadelphia and is committed to engaging with the community in which we live and work. Students have the opportunity to affect positive change in and to advocate for our local neighbors in a number of contexts, including, but not limited to, their field placements, internships, and practicum experiences. Through these opportunities, students provide tangible services to diverse and often marginalized communities, discovering, in turn, through real-world experience, how to combat issues of disempowerment and social marginalization in a variety of contexts.

These contexts are not limited to the local; in our increasingly global society, students must attend to matters of cultural diversity that sometimes mirror and other times confound their local and national perspectives. Students at SP2 are encouraged, therefore, to examine complex social problems through a global lens; this interdisciplinary perspective allows them to learn the importance of considering and respecting cultural norms, political structures, and local and foreign policies. Global engagement opportunities available at SP2 include study abroad programs, faculty-led courses overseas, and globally based independent studies.

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Faculty & Research

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