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student organizations

Harness your passions, connect with peers, and build your community.

Student organizations at the School of Social Policy & Practice provide a world of opportunity for students to expand and enhance their SP2 experience through advocacy, service, and practice. They are also a hub for social and educational activities that span the entire Penn community.

All students who support a group are welcome to join.

SP2 Student Government

The student governance organization responsible for funding many SP2 organizations and events.


Offering a captivating journey into the world of Asian culinary traditions.

Association of Black Social Workers

Committed to empowering people of African ancestry and enhancing their quality of life through advocacy, service delivery, and research.


Provides a space for SP2’s Asian American-, Native Hawaiian-, and Pacific Islander-identifying students to find community and pursue professional development opportunities.


Social advocacy to support people impacted by the criminal-legal system and to elicit lasting systemic change.

Youth Advocacy Project

The Youth Advocacy Project (YAP) brings together social work and law students to support young people charged as adults in the Philadelphia area.


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.


Headshot of Terri Broussard Williams wearing a Penn sweatshirt.

Alumni Q&A | Terri Broussard Williams, NPL ’20

An award-winning lobbyist, nonprofit executive, and public speaker, SP2 alumna and Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board member Terri Broussard Williams, NPL ’20, is head of state and local government relations at financial services firm Edward Jones. 


Cover of Slow Burn The Hidden Costs of a Warming World by SP2's R. Jisung Park

SP2’s R. Jisung Park publishes “Slow Burn: The Hidden Costs of a Warming World” 

In “Slow Burn: The Hidden Costs of a Warming World,” Dr. R. Jisung Park, an assistant professor at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), encourages us to view climate change through a different lens: one that focuses less on the possibility of mass climate extinction in a theoretical future, and more on the everyday implications of climate change here and now.