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

March on Washington 1963

Faculty & Research, Student Life

SP2 Associate Professor Organizes Community Trip to March on Washington

On August 28, 1963, nearly a quarter-million people gathered near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. for the March on Washington for...

Linya (Leah) Liu

Student Life

MSSP+DA Student Launches Remote Healthcare Kickstarter Project During COVID-19

For Linya Liu, MSSP ’21, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit very close to home. Liu, who goes by Leah, hails...

Cover of Tell Me How It Ends

Faculty & Research, Student Life

One Book, One SP2: Tell Me How It Ends

This summer, the entire School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) community is being asked to engage in a collective...

Richard J. Gelles, PhD

Faculty & Research

Remembering Dr. Richard Gelles

It is with profound sadness that SP2 shares news of the passing of Dr. Richard Gelles. Dr. Gelles was diagnosed with...

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