As part of SP2’s commitment to the principles of anti-racism, anti-oppression, intersectionality, inclusion, diversity, and social justice, the School offers events that center diversity and inclusion. Recordings of past events can be found below, while details for upcoming events are available on the SP2 calendar.

The Penn Experience: Racism, Reconciliation, and Engagement

August 2020

A new non-credit asynchronous 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. To learn more about The Penn Experience, please contact Amy Hillier at

Immigrant Youth and their Right to Peace and Security

September 16, 2020

A discussion on peace & security for youth from Mexico and Central America living at the border and in the U.S. was held in September 2020. The virtual panel discussion featured personal and professional perspectives and videos from the Flores Exhibits – videos of artists, lawyers, advocates, and immigrants reading the sworn testimonies of children held in detention facilities at the U.S./Mexico Border.

Video coming soon.

Racism Sequence

September 23, 2020

The Racism Sequence, which emerged at University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) 50 years ago, is a groundbreaking curriculum that explores institutionalized forms of racism and discrimination in America. Through research, collaboration, and candid conversations, this documentary pieces together the significant narrative of where the Racism Sequence started and what the future may hold. The short piece also tells the story of what our Racism Sequence means for SP2, how we educate our students, and the role we play in promoting social justice.

Edmund W. Gordon Social Policy/Social Justice Lecture with David J. Johns

November 16, 2020

The MS in Social Policy Program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice hosted the inaugural Edmund W. Gordon Social Policy/Social Justice Lecture with David J. Johns on Monday, November 16th. The virtual event honored Dr. Edmund W. Gordon, a distinguished scholar of psychology whose work has been instrumental in the field of social policy. Mr. David J. Johns is Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition and former Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans under President Barack Obama.

SP2 Speaker Series: Confronting Racial Injustice and the Inequities of the Pandemic

Hosted by Ben Jealous, Visiting Scholar, Annenberg School for Communication, Carey Law School, and School of Social Policy & Practice and President, People for the American Way, this four-part series will focus on how data-informed social policy and evidence-based practice in social work are being used to identify and design solutions for the complex social problems in America today.

“Race, AI & the New Frontier for Civil Rights”

January 13, 2021

The first event of the series, “Race, AI & the New Frontier for Civil Rights,” featured SP2 Associate Professor Ezekiel Dixon-Roman, PhD and Mutale Nkonde, CEO of AI for the People.

“The Pandemic Economy: Strategies for Economic & Social Mobility”

February 16, 2021

Former City of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and SP2’s assistant professor and economist Ioana Marinescu discussed economic and social mobility in an event moderated by Ben Jealous, president of People for the American Way.

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