Message from the President

President Amy Gutmann

The School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania has upheld social justice and progress for more than a century, educating the leading practitioners and scholars who serve society’s most vulnerable members, both expertly and caringly.

Today, the School continues to blaze trails by combining interdisciplinary research and practice for the betterment of others. Here, we prepare graduates to learn and to lead in social policy and practice. We develop innovative policies and strategies for addressing homelessness, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and mental illness.

In its practical approach to a world-class education, the School of Social Policy & Practice furthers the Penn Compact 2020, our shared university vision for maximizing Penn’s inclusion, innovation, and impact.

Recognizing that excellence and diversity go hand in hand, the School counts inclusion among its highest priorities. It enrolls promising future leaders from all backgrounds, with underrepresented minorities and international students accounting for 37% of current student enrollment.

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice, & Research—which mobilizes Penn faculty expertise in law, medicine, nursing, education, social work, and the arts and sciences—is just one example of the School’s commitment to innovation. Another is the Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership, an interdisciplinary program in the School of Social Policy & Practice, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Wharton School. It provides graduates with an excellent grounding in grassroots, non-profit, governmental and corporate organizations, and prepares them to lead effectively in promoting human rights and vibrant democracies worldwide.

Engagement lies at the heart of the School’s impact. Masters students in the School of Social Policy & Practice contribute nearly 240,000 hours of community service each year through practicum hours, field placements, and internships. The Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) collects the information and develops the tools that empower philanthropists to make wise social investments. Throughout the School, every day, gifted students and faculty bring their work to bear in meaningful, measurable ways to improve society and further social justice.

With innovative teaching, scholarship, and practice—and motivated by a deep commitment to greater inclusion and impact—the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania exemplifies our shared desire to build a more just society and a much brighter future for all. The School is now more than ever a powerful force for good in the world.

Amy Gutmann, Ph.D.
President, University of Pennsylvania

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