alumni events

At SP2, we offer our alumni a slate of events that provide opportunities for networking, personal development, and professional enrichment.

These events allow SP2 graduates to interact with each other but also to get to know current students, faculty, and staff. We hope these events will create spaces for alumni to feel connected with SP2’s present and invested in the School’s future.

Some of our regular programming includes: 

SP2 Fridays

A chance for alumni to return to Caster for relaxed evening of food and refreshments with current students and faculty. Held throughout the semester.

SP2 Minute

This event allows SP2 graduates to share their expertise with the rest of the School’s community and engage in thought provoking discussions on a wide range of relevant topics. Held throughout the semester.

SP2 Speaker Series

The Speaker Series features leading scholars and activists from within the SP2 community and beyond in conversation with renowned social justice leader Ben Jealous. Held throughout the semester. 

Alumni Weekend

Register for our 2022 events here:

https://www.alumni.upenn.edu/s/1587/gid2/16/interior.aspx?sid=1587&gid=2&pgid=37407&content_id=52222

Alumni Reception, May 13th; 6-8pm

SP2 Commencement Pre-Reception, May 14th; 2-3:30pm

Jazz Brunch (following the University’s Special Commencement for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021), May 22nd: 12-2pm

All alumni are welcomed back to campus to celebrate the completion of another academic year with food, drink, and live music. 

In addition, each semester special one-off events are held to highlight alumni from each program, events to create networking opportunities for alumni, and events that feature current faculty discussing their work. 

Please make sure to check your email for details on all upcoming events as well as the SP2 Calendar.

Upcoming Alumni Events

SP2 Speaker Series: Environmental Justice and the Economy

Conversations about race, equity, and justice with experts on social policy and social work. This virtual event will feature Dr. Jisung Park in conversation with Ben Jealous. Discussion topics will […]

Inspiring Impact – Virtual Series

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Events

02/01

Ben Jealous Book Talk.february 2023

Beyond America’s Racial Fault Line

Join us for an in-person event at the Kelly Writer’s House as we feature Ben Jealous in dialogue about his new book Never Forget Our People Were Always Free: A […]

Events

02/07

The Challenges of Reforming the Criminal Justice System – Taylor Pacheco

Taylor Pacheco is the Deputy Director of Philadelphia lawyers for Social Equity. She has a wide range of experience assisting clients in the criminal legal system including at Community Legal […]

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