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

Program Curriculums

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.

Visiting Scholars

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.

Events

12/08

Financial Wellness Peer Counseling

Ready to upgrade your budget? Thinking about building credit? Come chat with a Financial Wellness @ Penn peer educator! Claim a timeslot at bit.ly/fwappt-sp2

Events

12/08

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SP2 Speaker Series – Faith in Public Life

Conversations about race, equity, and justice with experts on social policy and social work. This virtual event will feature Penn’s University Chaplain and Vice President for Social Equity & Community, […]

News

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SP2’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy highlights the benefits of gender diversity in financial decision making

How can organizations and teams make better investments? By ensuring that gender diversity puts women at the center of financial decision making, according to Patience Marime-Ball, founder and CEO of […]