Task Force on Race and Social Justice
In 2019, we convened a Task Force on Race and Social Justice to reexamine our efforts and recommit ourselves to this work. The Task Force spent nearly a year meeting with members of the SP2’s community, identifying our strengths and challenges in the areas of race and social justice. This work culminated in a series of recommendations and goals for improving the School’s structure and leadership, school climate, training, curriculum, and admissions and financial aid. In fall 2020, the Standing Committee on Race and Social Justice was established with faculty, staff, and students from each of the five degree programs to provide the infrastructure to develop and steer the plan for implementing SP2’s inclusion goals.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Students
Our students join us from around the world, bringing with them a host of identities and lived experiences, and embodying SP2’s commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, intersectionality, inclusion, diversity, and social justice. During their time here they engage in innovative research and meaningful fieldwork, striving every day to make lasting change and meaningful impact in Philadelphia and beyond.
“A central imperative for social work, policy, and practice is the fundamental need to think inclusively about the individuals, groups, and communities these disciplines will affect most. We are resolute in our intention to educate students of social policy and practice to embrace diversity and intersectionality in all its dimensions, and to create cutting-edge scholarship that enables our field to more effectively promote social justice.”
– Sara S. Bachman, PhD, Dean
Our focus on social justice demands a multifaceted approach to recognizing and celebrating the many identities, experiences, histories, and aspirations that animate our local and global community. This commitment permeates all five of our rigorous degree programs (MSW, MSSP, NPL, PhD, and DSW), helping bind these programs to SP2’s overarching mission: producing the best social service providers, policymakers, and nonprofit leaders in the world.
The Penn Experience: Racism, Reconciliation, and Engagement
Launched in 2020, a non-credit asynchronous online course at SP2 aims to establish common basic language and concepts for incoming graduate and professional students to facilitate subsequent difficult conversations about race, racism, and difference in the classroom and beyond.
Since 1908, the School has served as a temporary home for hundreds of Visiting Scholars joining us from around the world. This tradition of welcoming the best and brightest from abroad continues today, and many international scholars regard SP2 as their research home while in the United States.
International New Student Orientation
Designed for new students who are not U.S. citizens and/or naturalized or permanent residents.
NPL + Lil Pop Shop Social
For NPL Students
Who, What, Why: Tyra Moore on her commitment to mental health care for Black Americans
The doctoral student in the School of Social Policy & Practice received the Joy Award from the Boris L. Henson Foundation and is writing a dissertation on teen parenting within […]
Joretha N. Bourjolly, MSW, PhD
Associate Dean for Inclusion
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