Social Work Today

Six Degrees of Social Work — A Social Work Education

Starting with a social work degree, six professionals traveled in various directions to different destinations, ones they often didn’t imagine from the outset. To highlight some of the many paths social workers can take, Social Work Today speaks with six in the field about where they thought their degree would take them when they began and where they are now. SP2 Director of the MSSP program and Associate Professor Amy Hillier, PhD, is featured.

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The Daily Pennsylvanian

Founder of Hult Prize Ivy launches new startup that aims to achieve Mayor Kenney’s city goals

Tiffany Yau, a 2018 College graduate and current sub-matriculating graduate student in the School of Social Practice & Policy, has founded a startup that creates economic opportunities for impact-driven university students in Philadelphia.

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The Chronicle of Social Change

False Equivalence on Trump Family Separation Policy and Domestic Foster Care

Richard Gelles, the managing faculty director of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research and former Dean of SP2, calls the United States government’s policy of separating undocumented children from their parents at the southern border “both egregious and a form of government child maltreatment.”

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Penn Live

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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SP2 News

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Faculty & Research

Veteran Homelessness Down 5 Percent, to Continue Declining Each Year

This month, the U.S. departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veteran Affairs (VA) announced that veteran homelessness has...

Bob Schoenberg receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award

Alumni Stories

SP2 Alumnus Receives Lifetime Achievement Award, Offers Advice to Future Change Agents

Bob Schoenberg, a double alumnus from Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), was recently honored with the 2018...

Jed Johnson

Alumni Stories

SP2/Wharton Alum Appointed Managing Director of Aging Services for CARF

Jed Johnson, a 1985 graduate of the Master of Social Work (MSW)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) dual degree program offered jointly...

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Alumni Stories

SP2 Nonprofit Leadership Alumna Honored as Fundraising ‘Rising Star’

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Eastern PA Chapter has named Emily A. Conners, a 2016 graduate of the Master...

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