Jason Leach

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I’m a student in the MS in Social Policy program here at SP2. My research interests include labor/employment policy, public transportation, financialization, and poverty alleviation. My sense of humor is as dry as my hometown of Phoenix.

Danica Richards

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Danica Richards (she/her/hers) is a first-year MSW student with research interests in inter-generational trauma, health advocacy, and chronic illnesses in communities of African descent. She graduated from Amherst College in 2014 with a BA in English/Environmental Studies. Her project for the Data for Equitable Justice Lab (DEJL) aims to explore the relationship between poverty and chronic illness in the African-American community.

Elise Reynolds

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I am studying the ways in which people who have formerly experienced homelessness and addiction navigate community resources and support systems in an effort to attain stable housing and recovery.

Blanca Castro

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Blanca is a joint MSW/MSSP student Interested in the following topics: immigration (undocumented rights, chain migration); reproductive justice; also interested in doing research on the social impact of the hurricane on Puerto Rico: looking specifically at climate refugees/evacuees – housing situations, what the transition has looked like for them.

Rebecca Weingarten

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I am a current student in the MS in Social Policy and Data Analytics program within SP2. My research interests include LGBTQ+, Health Inequities, Homelessness, Poverty Alleviation, and Domestic Violence. When not geeking out over data visualizations, I can be found going on long runs or hikes with my rescue dog.

Fei Tan

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I am an MSSP student. My research interests include child welfare policy and poverty reduction. I am working on a project regarding early childhood development among Asian Americans.

SP2 News

Faculty & Research, Global Engagement

International Experts Assemble to Examine, Investigate Public Health and Epidemics

On May 13 and 14, Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD, and other international scholars and public health experts will assemble in...

Students from the MSSP 797 course in Havana, with instructor Azahara Palomeque

Student Life, Global Engagement

Social Issues Through a Global Lens: SP2 Students Reflect on Their Immersion Experience in Cuba

For students in the Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), having both a...

Faculty & Research

National Survey Examines Emergency Department Management of Deliberate Self-Harm

How routinely do emergency room staff members properly provide help to individuals who present for self-harm? Do they appropriately assess...

SP2 Student Emily Berkowitz presents at the APPAM Student Conference

Student Life

Students Present Policy Research on Housing, Immigration, Harassment

Four students from the Penn School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) shared their research across a wide range of...

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