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PHILADELPHIA

A diverse, world-class city rich with opportunity to make a meaningful impact.

The School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a diverse and dynamic city ripe with opportunity for students pursuing careers in social work and social policy. 

Philly is a big place grappling with big challenges. It’s home to nonprofits, hospitals, and social service agencies doing innovative work, and SP2 is an important part of this ecosystem. Our students are everywhere—honing their skills and doing their part to take action against inequities of all kinds here in the city and beyond.

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Faculty News

Faculty Making a Difference

Our world-renowned faculty are dedicated to making a difference in our own backyard, from conducting innovative research on how to better serve the city’s homeless population to how policy can be re-envisioned to protect Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ youth.

Student Stories

Students Impacting Philly

Our students are making big changes here in Philadelphia—from working one-on-one with domestic violence survivors to conducting innovative research on how social systems impact the health of marginalized community members.

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Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy

This SP2 initiative empowers students and faculty to help state and local governments collaborate and responsibly leverage data to improve lives in Philadelphia and beyond.

Tracking COVID Relief Funding

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy has established a regional COVID response dashboard to help funders in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey plan beyond initial relief efforts.

Living in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the sixth largest city in the United States, but is often described as a “city of neighborhoods.” Students are encouraged to make the most of their time while living and studying here.

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Field Education

Our students build important skills and professional connections at hospitals, community centers, hospice agencies, and more – here in Philadelphia and beyond. Take a look at some of the agencies where our students are connecting theory with practice while making real-world impact.

Events

04/25

Philanthropy’s Role: A Conversation with Amy Schiller and Kat Rosqueta

Join the Nonprofit Leadership program and the Center for High Impact Philanthropy for lunch and a conversation with Amy Schiller, author of The Price of Humanity: How Philanthropy Went Wrong and […]

Events

04/25

SP2 Mock Interviews

Join us for an interactive SP2 Mock Interview Event designed to equip both current students gearing up for job interviews and incoming students preparing for practicum interviews. During this workshop, […]

News

Chenyi Ma teaching

Exploring sustainable development & the human impact of natural disasters

What factors allow people to prepare for and recover from natural disasters? Dr. Chenyi Ma, a research assistant professor at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), conducts interdisciplinary research that investigates the role of inequality in disasters’ impact and points to policy solutions.