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This Pa. Senate needs to pass this bill giving foster kids a real shot at higher ed | Opinion

Although 70 percent of foster youth want to go to college, they attend at less than half the rate of their peers, according to the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research’s Debra Schilling Wolf, executive director; Sarah Wasch, program manager; Seth Morones, Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow. HB1745, the “Fostering Independence Through Education Act,” could offer some relief by providing tuition waivers for foster youth at Pennsylvania’s state-affiliated colleges and universities.

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The Daily Pennsylvanian

Penn Futures Project appoints faculty leaders to serve children and families in Philadelphia

The Penn Futures Project, a collaborative effort among three Penn schools to serve the Philadelphia community, has appointed two new faculty leaders: Nutrition and Nursing professor Terri Lipman, and Child Development and Education professor Vivian Gadsden.

Launched in 2015, the Penn Futures Project promotes an interdisciplinary approach to serving children and families in Philadelphia. Together, members of the School of Nursing, School of Social Policy and Practice, and Graduate School of Education aim to help local community members while simultaneously providing community-based training for graduate students in the field.

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Face 2 Face Africa

From village icon to global acclaim, this promising young Ghanaian leader keeps soaring while saving lives

The first person from his Ghanaian village to attend college, Shadrack Frimpong graduated from Penn in 2015 as a recipient of Amy Gutmann’s President’s Engagement Prize.

Frimpong has garnered recognition from Queen Elizabeth II of England (2018 Queen’s Young Leader Award), former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the U.S. White House, Ghana’s Jubilee House, Ghana Legacy Honours (2017 Future Award) and many others.

He’s now pursuing a master’s in non-profit leadership at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice so that he can better guide Cocoa360, the organization he founded to facilitate access to education and health care through cocoa plantations.

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USA Today

Jacksonville shooter legally armed himself in state with one of USA’s toughest gun laws

Looking at mental health and gun access in the U.S., SP2’s Susan B. Sorenson said, “People get disappointed and angry, and often that results in a tragedy. But those reactions aren’t unique to people with disorders; they’re unique to being human.”

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Philadelphia Business Journal

Penn names new dean of School of Social Policy & Practice

Come the new year, the University of Pennsylvania will welcome a new dean to lead its School of Social Policy and Practice.

The Ivy League institution announced Wednesday that Sara “Sally” Bachman was named the school’s new leader, taking over from John L. Jackson Jr., who was named dean of Penn’s Annenberg School of Communication and will also start that role on Jan. 1

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Do “superstar” companies hold down wages?

SP2 assistant professor and economist Ioana Marinescu is among a group of experts around the world to comment on whether massive companies are keeping wages stagnant.

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The Daily Pennsylvanian

President’s Engagement Prize winner Shadrack Frimpong returns to Penn for master’s in nonprofit leadership

A Social Policy & Practice graduate student and 2015 College graduate, Frimpong is a nonprofit entrepreneur who has made education and health treatment more accessible for many Ghanaians. He has returned to Penn to pursue a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership, with the ultimate goal of growing his own nonprofit organization, Cocoa360.

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Penn Today

Social work students help refugees in Europe

Doctoral students from the School of Social Policy & Practice shared their expertise with leaders at an NGO that provides trauma-informed services for refugees in Athens.

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Inside Higher Ed

The Dawn of a New Meritocracy

Opinion piece from SP2 Associate Professor Ezekiel Dixon-Román on the University of Chicago’s recent decision to no longer require SAT or ACT scores for undergraduate admissions.

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