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School of Social Policy & Practice sign on the Caster Building seen with pink azaleas.

Student Life, Alumni Stories

SP2 Mentor Collective Connects Students with Supportive Alums

Navigating the student experience at a rigorous Ivy League institution like Penn – and planning for what comes next—comes with...

MSW Student Alisa Branch

Student Life

“Always Something New to Know”: MSW Student Alisa Branch on Being a Non-Traditional Learner

Even after a three-decade career in the human services field, Alisa Branch still felt that she had more to learn,...

Philadelphians celebrate the outcome of 2020’s presidential election, waving the Progress Pride Flag while marching through Center City.

Faculty & Research, Student Life

‘Game Pieces in the Culture Wars’

More than 250 bills aimed at reducing the rights of LGBTQ+ people are currently working their way through state legislatures in the...

Penn Presidential PhD Fellows: Jessica C. Kim and Sharon Zanti

Student Life

Two SP2 Students Named Among Inaugural Presidential PhD Fellows

In May 2021, Penn President Amy Gutmann, Provost Wendell Pritchett, and Deputy Provost Beth Winkelstein announced the inaugural cohort of Presidential PhD Fellows. Representing...

tea light reflecting on hand in the dark

Faculty & Research, Student Life

Reflecting on Juneteenth

A Message from Dean Sally Bachman, PhD: As we approach Juneteenth, I am writing to encourage all members of Penn’s School...

Image of Caste book cover

Faculty & Research, Student Life

One Book, One SP2: Caste

The Advisory Committee on Race and Social Justice is excited to announce the selection of Caste: The Origins of Our...

Faculty & Research, Student Life

SP2 Commencement and 2021 Award Winners

Congratulations to our graduating SP2 Class of 2021 and this year’s outstanding award winners! Learn who the winners are below...

Inaugural cohort of SP2 Social Justice Scholars: Paloma Brand, Skye Horbrook, and Gianni Morsell

Student Life, Gifts & Giving

Meet the Inaugural SP2 Social Justice Scholars Program Cohort

In 2021, Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) established the SP2 Social Justice Scholars Program, which cultivates a...

Image of Arie Hayre-Somuah and Jessica Cho Kim

Student Life

CSWE Fellows Addressing Mental Health Disparities Among BIPOC Communities

Three graduate students from Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) were selected and have been serving as Fellows...