ABC News

How New Jersey’s biggest city is using guaranteed income to aid pandemic recovery

The most populous city in New Jersey has launched a pilot program to give guaranteed income to some residents, as the pandemic has exacerbated the racial wealth gap and exposed the economic vulnerabilities millions of Americans face. The program was launched in collaboration with Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, a national program spearheading guaranteed income pilot programs across the U.S., and the research study will be led by the Center for Guaranteed Income Research (CGIR) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2).

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School of Social Policy & Practice Excellence in Teaching Awards

The SP2 Excellence in Teaching Award is presented to both standing and non-standing faculty members in recognition of excellence in teaching and mentoring during the previous year. Winners of this award are chosen by the Student Policies and Procedures Committee from the pool of five standing and five non-standing faculty with the highest quantitative scores for “overall quality of the instructor” on the course evaluations. The 2021 award honorees are SP2 standing faculty members Drs. Ram A. Cnaan and Allison Werner-Lin, and non-standing faculty members Drs. Meredith Myers, Matthew Bennett, and Daniel Baker.

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The Hill

Businesses encounter hiring challenges as demand surges

While fears of a labor shortage are most pressing for the restaurant and bar industry, Google searches for job openings fell sharply in March and have just begun to level out, according to Daniel Zhao, senior economist at job posting and employer review website Glassdoor. Zhao — along with Ioana Marinescu of Penn’s School of Social Policy and Daphné Skandalis of the Federal Reserve of New York — found in a study released last month that a 10 percent increase in unemployment benefits caused a 3.6 percent decline in applications.

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Penn Today

‘Dreams and Nightmares’

Author Liliana Velásquez and journalist Juan González narrated personal and collective histories of Latin American migration to the U.S. in a virtual Penn School of Social Policy & Practice event on March 30, 2021 as part of the School’s One Book, One SP2 program.

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The Kansas City Star

For sexual assault survivors, Greitens’ return can mean fresh trauma, experts say

Dee Ogilvy was sexually assaulted 42 years ago at her place of work. The police never made an arrest in the case and a shoulder injury from the attack still gives her pain. The Springfield resident said she’s disgusted to see former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens campaigning for U.S. Senate less than three years after allegations of blackmail and sexual assault helped lead to his resignation.

“It’s an example of why survivors don’t talk about this. It’s an example of why survivors don’t go public with this. In multiple ways, the woman’s agency over her own being was removed from her and she was betrayed by more than one man,” said Susan Sorenson, director of the Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Trauma Venture

A Call to Healing Asian Racialized Trauma

Jessica Cho Kim, LCSW, an Asian American psychotherapist, researcher, and doctoral student in social welfare at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, authored a piece about Asian racialized trauma for Trauma Venture, a social impact organization that aims to build stigma-free, inclusive, and healing-centered ecosystems.

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The Philadelphia Citizen

Ideas We Should Steal: Universal Child Care

Some reports project that access to affordable (or free) quality child care could save PA families on average $6,800, freeing up about 12% of their annual income to spend on other things.

As Johanna K.P. Greeson, associate professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice at Penn, wrote last week in a Penn Today article, “Let’s remember that what’s good for gender equality is good for the economy as well as society.”

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Business Insider

A city in the San Francisco Bay Area is giving some families $500 per month for 18 months — no strings attached

Oakland, California, is about to become the latest city to distribute free money to its residents. Mayor Libby Schaaf announced that the San Francisco Bay Area city has officially launched a basic-income pilot that will give $500 monthly payments to 600 low-income families for 18 months. Recipients can spend the stipends however they like.

“Contrary to public opinion that the rich budget best, they actually don’t,” Amy Castro Baker, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, told Insider. “We know from a body of data that the poor budget best because they have to survive.”

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Penn Today

COVID-19 and women in the workforce

Penn School of Social Policy & Practice associate professor Johanna K.P. Greeson was featured in a Penn Today piece in which women across the University weighed in on what we know today about how COVID-19 has affected women in the workforce, with a specific focus on their areas of expertise.

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SP2 News

Jennifer Prah Ruger

Faculty & Research

“A Risk Anywhere Is A Risk Everywhere”: Jennifer Prah Ruger Shares Global Health Justice Vision

In a stirring and timely presentation for the latest Power of Penn Faculty event, Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD, laid out...

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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...

Ashley Kenneth, MSSP

Alumni Stories

MSSP Alumna Named President of The Commonwealth Institute

As Ashley Kenneth explains, “I have always been passionate about social change and a strong advocate for justice”—and her notable...

Dakota Becker MSW

Student Life

MSW Student Selected for Yale Child Study Center Fellowship

Dakota Becker, a student in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice...

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