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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SP2 News

Jennifer Prah Ruger

Faculty & Research

Health Equity in a Time of Global Crisis

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Tenting in Los Angeles

Faculty & Research

New Report: Impact of COVID-19 on Homelessness

The coronavirus pandemic is likely to kill more than 3,400 people experiencing homelessness across the United States, according to new...

Headshot of Johanna Greeson

Faculty & Research

SP2 Associate Professor Testifies at City Council Hearing on Missing and Exploited Children

In a moving testimonial, Johanna Greeson, PhD, spoke before the Philadelphia City Council’s Children and Youth Committee during their recent...

Ben Jealous

Faculty & Research

Q&A with Ben Jealous, former NAACP head turned tech investor

Ben Jealous has accomplished a great deal in his 47 years. The former—and youngest ever—head of the NAACP managed the Mississippi’s Jackson...

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