Resources for SP2 Students

SP2 offers a variety of student organizations funded by the SP2 Student Government. If you’re interested in starting a new student group, Visit this link for more information. To start a student group you need to have a least a chair, a finance chair and a faculty/staff advisor. If you have additional questions, email the SP2 Student Government at

To reserve space in the Caster Building lobby, please contact Jennifer Jones Clinkscales at

The Howard Arnold Sustainability Fund is an emergency fund to help students who encounter unexpected and temporary financial hardship. The fund may be used for financial emergencies related to necessities such as housing, food, medication, transportation to school/internship, books, field placement or internship-related incidentals. This is a one-time stipend that typically does not exceed $500. It is not intended to be used for tuition unless the student is on a registration hold. SP2 students must have current course enrollment within the semester that they are requesting emergency funding.

Students should apply using the online form. Final decisions will be communicated to the student via email within 3 days of receipt of the online request. The funds are disbursed as soon as possible, typically within a few days. Important: If there is a balance on the student’s Penn bursar account, disbursement of the emergency funds may be delayed.

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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