The Power of Penn Social Policy & Practice Campaign: Advancing Knowledge for Social Impact

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The School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) is where scholarly insight meets real-world impact.

SP2 is at the forefront of linking scholarship to practical, real-world problem-solving. From lowering rates of homelessness and helping the formerly incarcerated re-enter their communities to preventing child abuse and investigating economic mobility and poverty, SP2 is an anchor for action and academic innovation. We are pushing social work, policy and welfare to new frontiers, harnessing data and pioneering community engagement to create change in Philadelphia, as well as nationally and internationally.

This Campaign will provide SP2 with the means to fuel an accessible, transformational education and advance the evidence-based research needed to ultimately eliminate society’s biggest challenges.

Campaign Goal: $38,000,000

Campaign Priorities

  • Expand our portfolio of endowed professorships in social work, policy and nonprofit leadership to further strengthen our robust research and pedagogy in such critical areas as mass incarceration, homelessness, safety for women and girls, healthcare policy, race and LGBT equity, big data and high impact philanthropy.
  • Maintain a competitive edge with peer schools by expanding the School’s portfolio of full tuition and other graduate scholarships to attract and retain the best and brightest future change leaders.
  • Renovate SP2’s main building to create more contemporary, functional and collaborative work spaces that promote interdisciplinary learning across programs and other Penn schools as well as accommodate our growing population of social change agents.

Campaign Leadership

Allison Weiss Brady, C’93
Chair, School of Social Policy & Practice Campaign

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Faculty & Research

SP2 Faculty Member Testifies Before Congress on Competition in U.S. Labor Markets

Ioana Marinescu, PhD, assistant professor at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, recently provided testimonial before Congress during a...

Cover image for The Center for High Impact Philanthropy’s “We the People: A Philanthropic Guide to Strengthening Democracy”

Faculty & Research, Gifts & Giving

A Philanthropic Approach to Strengthening Democracy

For the past several decades, there’s been a marked decline in how much U.S. citizens trust the country’s democratic process....

Raekwon Burton

Student Life, Global Engagement

MSW Student Reflects on Transformative Experience in India

Prior to enrolling in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2),...

Dr. Jerri Bourjolly

Faculty & Research, Student Life

SP2 Task Force on Race and Social Justice

Earlier this year, Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) launched the SP2 Task Force on Race and Social...

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