“Mentorship is key – having one adult who children can emulate and depend upon can make a world of difference in engaging youth,” said SP2 associate professor Antonio Garcia, when asked about addressing disconnected youth and seeking help as a parent. He believes that “reaching out to teens and all those involved in their life to come together and collectively brainstorm the root cause of the problem and solutions to address them might help.”
SP2 professor Ram Cnaan, director of the Program for Religion and Social Policy Research, weighs in on church migration patterns and how they’ve influenced changing neighborhoods in today’s world.
In an op-ed published by The Hill, recent SP2 / MSSP grad Andrea Taylor says, “female congressional candidates, therefore, need to take action now if they want to change conditions and norms for women from Hollywood to Aleppo.”
When a social-service group refuses to place foster children with LGBTQ people, “a very dangerous message is being given to the LGBTQ children in care with the agency that they, too, are unwanted,” says SP2 alum and program manager of the Field Center Sarah Wasch. Fellow SP2 alum Amber Hikes, now executive director of Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs, also weighs in.
Johanna Greeson, SP2 associate professor and faculty director of The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice, and Research, questions why child maltreatment data was omitted in a recent report called Kids Count. The study measured child well-being for all 50 states by combining 2016 data within the domains of economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.
A “zero tolerance” policy implemented in early April led to the separation of 2,300 children from parents trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border without proper documents. SP2 lecturer Fernando Chang-Muy, Antonio García of the School of Social Policy & Practice, and Katherina Rosqueta of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy examine the social, legal, psychological, and humanitarian aspects of the situation.
SP2 alum Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW’01, is the newly-appointed executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. He and SP2 Dean John L. Jackson Jr. are interviewed on Lassiter’s passions, impact in the community, past and future.
Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien
One of SP2’s most recent grads, Brooke Feldman, MSW’18, was recently interviewed by Soledad O’Brien about her experience with recovery and white privilege. Watch what Brooke has to say about racial disparities in the juvenile justice system below.
The New York Times
The Chicago Gay and Straight Alliance Prom welcomed more than 150 high school students – celebrating themselves and inclusivity. The prom was co-created in 2001 by SP2 alum Noa Padowitz, MSW’08, who is also a former member of the SP2 Alumni Council.
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