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Celebrating the Impact of SP2’s Campaign

Dr. Jerri Bourjolly at campaign expo

Authored by: Rose Bender

Photography by: Rose Bender

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“In my 12 years as Dean, the comment I hear most frequently is, ‘I had no idea you do that,’” Dean Richard Gelles commented at the School of Social Policy & Practice’s (SP2) Board of Overseers [Link to: People > Board of Overseers] Meeting. The event took an interesting approach to highlight the School’s programs, centers, and research by hosting a Post-Campaign Expo.

SP2’s Post-Campaign Expo displayed the impact The Campaign for Social Change Leadership had on the school. The Campaign, which exceeded its $33M goal, was part of the University’s Making History Campaign.  Representatives explained the benefit of the Campaign to each program, center, and the six Campaign priorities at tables set up along the third floor of the Caster building, an area that was completely renovated during the Campaign.

At each table was a card giving an overview of the activities of each program or center. Guests were asked to add each card to a binder ring, creating a full booklet with an overview of the School and how each program and center drives the mission of the School.  The cards also give a brief overview of the Campaign (and the six priorities impacted) as well as the mission and vision of the School.

The seven-year campaign closed in December 2012 with a total of $33.6M Raised by 2,626 Donors – more than double the amount raised in the previous 97 years of the school’s existence.

The Campaign for Social Change supported SP2’s mission to excellently educate future social work, social policy, and nonprofit leaders.