Student Government

The SP2 Student Government is the student governance organization for the School of Social Policy & Practice. To contact the Student Government email sp2gov@gmail.com.

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 group mission statement, a chair, a finance chair and a faculty or staff advisor. If you have additional questions, email the SP2 Student Government at sp2gov@gmail.com.

Chair

Emily Berkowitz, MSW/MSSP ’18
Spokesperson for the student body; coordinates student government meetings; actively listens to the concerns and suggestions from the student body and works with SP2 administration to meet the needs of students; facilitates Deans & Students meetings.

Vice Chair

Blanca Castro, MSW/MSSP ’19
Supports the student government chair and stands in during his/her absence; helps to coordinate and facilitate meetings and activities for students; serves as primary point of contact for SP2’s student-led organization leaders

Finance Chair

TBA
Manages budget for student government; helps to allocate funds to student groups, works with SP2 business office to coordinate purchasing procedures and submit budget requests; communicates financial procedures to SP2 student groups; insures that SP2 student groups are following purchasing procedures.

Communication Chair

Ellie Wasserman, MSW ’19
Manages internal communications to SP2 student and external communications and relationships with other Penn graduate student groups.

Community Action Chair

Latisha Thompson, MSW ’19
Supports the student government’s mobilization and programming initiatives in an effort to encourage and increase community action and social engagement among all SP2 students.

Cohort Student Representatives

PhD: Allison Russell, PhD ’20 and Ama Nyame-Mensah, Phd ’20

2nd Year MSW:

MSW Advanced Standing: 

1st Year MSW:

MSW Part-time: Kristina Roose, MSW ’20

DSW:

NPL: Rose Brown, NPL ’19

MSSP:

Sequence Committee Representatives

Policy Sequence: Julia Hah
Human Behavior Sequence:
Social Change Sequence:
Raekwon Burton
Foundation Practice Sequence:
Research Sequence: Jonathan Elmergreen
Advanced Clinical Practice Sequence:
Rachel Glick
Advanced Macro Practice Sequence:
Rachel Frome

Committee representatives work closely with our faculty to bring the student perspective to curriculum planning.

MSW Governance Committee Student Representatives

First Year Representative: Raekwon Burton
Second Year Representative: Mia Prohaska
Leadership for the MSW degree program is provided by a group consisting of the program director, plus four-five members of the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2)’s Standing Faculty, a representative of the Field Cabinet and the Field Director. The MSW Governance Group answers to the Dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2).

Policy and Procedures Committee Student Representatives

MSW Representative: Pegah Maleki
NPL Representative: Sanjana Dalmiya
MSSP Representative: So Jung

The Committee on Student Policies and Procedures is responsible for developing, reviewing, and/or recommending policies and procedures regarding students. In addition, this committee provides oversight of the selection procedures for student awards and the excellence in teaching awards given to faculty. The committee also serves as the main faculty link with the admissions office for student recruitment. This committee consists of three members of the Standing Faculty, appointed by the Dean. The faculty as a whole elects the chair of the committee.

SP2 Grievance Committee Student Representatives

MSW Representative: Hannah Fabiszewski
MSSP Representative: Margaret Fleming
NPL Representative:

Grievance Procedure: Students are expected to read the following policies and guidelines before filing a grievance. Faculty are expected to be familiar with and to review the grievance guidelines before advising a student to file a grievance. A grievance is a claim that action has been taken by a school representative which is: (1) arbitrary and capricious; (2) discrimination on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran; (3) not in compliance with the School or University of Pennsylvania procedures or regulations. A student may file a grievance at any point in the program. An academic evaluation may not be the subject of a grievance.

MSSP Governance Committee Student Representatives

Shweta Chopra, MSSP+DA ’19
Jennifer Wu, MSSP ’19

Leadership for the Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) degree program is provided by a group consisting of the program director, plus designated members of the School of Social Policy & Practice’s (SP2) Standing Faculty and staff. The Governance Committee addresses student policies, program curriculum, and program activities.

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