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Jamila Harris-Morrison, MSW’17

  • Executive Director, ACHIEVEability

“SP2 prepared me to be a leader in my community and reinforced my passion to be a social change agent. From field placement to hone my clinical skills, to courses that allowed me to serve as a strategic consultant to local nonprofits and exposed me to diverse perspectives, I feel confident in my ability to positively impact my community.”

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Devon M. Hernández, MSW’16

  • College & Alumni Coordinator, Project GRAD Los Angeles

“The education I received as an MSW student helped deepen my understanding of the complex systems that oppress various populations within society. As a macro social worker, I am continuously learning how to navigate within these systems to ensure the individuals I work alongside are empowered to challenge the very systems that are designed to oppress.”

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Yawei Song, MSW’15

  • Chinatown Clinic Manager/Navigator, Drexel University

“My experience at SP2 broadened my vision of social changes and challenged my way of thinking. I learned from both theoretical and practical ways of community engagements, program evaluation, and advocacy. I also gained tremendous knowledge and experience about social work in the healthcare settings through the multidisciplinary platform that SP2 has built up.”

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Gwen Emmons, MSW’13

  • Senior Consultant, M+R Strategic Services

“I wanted a macro social work education firmly rooted in racial justice. I got that – and so much more. Surprisingly (for a macro person like me) the skills I find most invaluable in my work are ones from my clinical work! The ability to listen deeply, to understand people as intricately connected to their environment, and to ask the right questions are critical to my success today.”

Marcus Presley, MSW’12

  • Senior Policy Associate, National Community Land Trust Network

“Pursuing an independent study gave me the opportunity to work one-on-one with a fantastic professor to perform in-depth housing policy research. In addition to the academic experience, I also developed a strong professional identity as a macro social worker who collaborates with low-income people to build their power and effect meaningful policy change.”

Breanne Sullivan, MSW’12

  • Hospice Social Worker, Keystone Care

“A great deal of what I learned from being in the MSW Penn Aging Concentration (PAC) has certainly been very helpful in my new role as a hospice social worker. I am much more knowledgeable about services and resources that are available to older adults in the community, and I think I am much more aware of the needs that older adults have especially at end of life.”

Lindsey Brown, MSW’11

  • School Based Mental Health Counselor, Guide Youth Services

“My draw to the social work profession came from my desire for social justice and peace throughout the world. I strive to help clients live reasonably satisfying lives, comfortable with themselves and in society. SP2 has provided me with incredible skills and tools to continue the efforts of what I have believed has become my life calling.”

Abby Rix Degge, MSW’11

  • Medical Social Worker, University of Maryland Medical Center

“My PAC coursework provided me with diagnostic tools and evaluative measurements I use in everyday practice to assess patients and provide them with evidence-based interventions. My time at Penn and my decision to complete the PAC program is one of the smartest decisions I have ever made; it has equipped me to be a well-rounded social worker and an effective social change agent.”

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Anastasia Shown, MSW

  • Lecturer, MSW Program

“While I was a student in the MSW program, I crafted my educational experience around international social work. I took courses with a global focus, interned at organizations working with immigrants and refugees or working on international policy and advocacy, and participated in the vast variety of global activities at Penn and in Philadelphia.”

Lean Camara, MSW’02

  • Program Manager, EdTec

“My educational experience at Penn’s School of Policy & Practice prepared me well for international work. I was able to make the most of my volunteer experience in Tanzania because of cultural competency training and international coursework I received while attending SP2. Now, as a consultant to nonprofits providing public health services, I draw on my experience accessing primary and infectious disease healthcare in Tanzania.”

Celina de Sola, MSW/MPH’00

  • Co-founder and Director of Programs, Glasswing International

“After completing my MSW, I worked as a Humanitarian Aid worker in over 20 countries, and subsequently co-founded Glasswing, an NGO that focuses on strengthening public health and education services in Central America. At SP2, I learned about evaluating social interventions, measuring social impact, as well as managing the complexity and subtleties of human relations.”

Katie (Harrison) Morris, MSW’00

  • Program Director, UMBC Social Work at Shady Grove

“My SP2 professors were knowledgeable, passionate, and committed to the social work profession. In my current role I teach, recruit students and faculty, and address administrative roles and responsibilities. Each day I learn about how to be a better social worker, educator, and administrator and I work to model professional social work.”

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