Alumni Council

The Alumni Council at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice represents the voice of the alumni; encourages alumni support of the School; and informs alumni about issues that advance the School‘s growth and development. Whenever you graduated or from whatever program… whether you graduated from the School of Social Work or SP2… the Alumni Council is proud to represent all members of our alumni community. The Council welcomes ideas about how to better connect alumni with other graduates of the program and with the School.

Members of the SP2 Alumni Council

Emily R. Sutcliffe, MS’11

  • Assistant Director, Toll Public Interest Center, Penn Law & Doctoral Student at Penn’s Graduate School of Education

“I utilize skills gained in the NPL program on a daily basis – both personally and professionally. The NPL program helped me to access an invaluable and unconventional understanding of action-based leadership. This unique approach to leadership is greatly appreciated in my work place where I am frequently called upon to provide innovative perspectives and counter-hegemonic methods for addressing long-standing challenges.”

Virginia P. Robinson Publication Prize

Alumni Council members chose among the top student submissions for the Virginia P. Robinson Publication Prize, and forwarded the finalist essays to Social Work Today for a final selection. The winning student, Lizza Robb ‘12, won a $500 prize.

Nicole Gant Alumni Council Leadership Award

The Alumni Council took the lead in recognizing the graduating student who has been a leader in the SP2 community and has contributed to the advancement of the School. The winning student, Erica Zaveloff ’13, received a $250 prize.

Welcome Breakfast

Sponsored by the SP2 Alumni Council, this event serves as a welcome from both the Council and the Office of Institutional Advancement. Held each fall on the first day of classes, students are treated to a hot breakfast to get their day started. This event has become an SP2 tradition and is open to new students from each of the School’s 5 degree programs.

SP2 News

School of Social Policy & Practice sign on the Caster Building seen with pink azaleas.

Faculty & Research

Several SP2 Experts Listed as Top 100 Most Influential Contemporary Social Work Faculty

Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) faculty members Richard J. Gelles, Steven C. Marcus, Phyllis Solomon, Ram A....

Jennifer Plumb

Alumni Stories

What I Did With My DSW Degree: Jennifer Plumb

For years, social work professionals have furthered their careers as innovators, educators, and leaders in the field with degree programs...

Marquisha Lawrence Scott

Student Life

Support on the Ground: PhD Student Examines Where Faith Organizations and Social Work Intertwine

Faith-based organizations often offer tangible forms of aid through initiatives such as disaster relief efforts and financial assistance programs. But...

Alice Cooper

Student Life

Toward Equitable Education for All: MSSP Student Channels Social Policy Theory into Social Good

For Alice Cooper, an MSSP (Master of Science in Social Policy Program) student at Penn’s School of Social Policy &...

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