School of Social Policy & Practice

Understanding migration and the arts

In the latest episode of Penn Today’s “Understand This …” podcast series, Obed Arango of the School of Social Policy & Practice, alongside Wolf Humanities Graduate Fellow Shelley Zhang, discuss migration, the arts, and identity.

Brandon Baker

35th annual Women of Color at Penn award

The Women of Color at Penn held their 35th annual award ceremony with a virtual celebration hosted by the African American Resource Center. This year’s awards honored six women who have fostered and supported community.

Kristina García

Fighting food insecurity

Students from the Fox Leadership Program have lent their time and expertise to hunger organizations for more than a decade, and during the pandemic they’ve upped their involvement to meet the growing need.

Kristen de Groot



In the News


Vox.com

The good and bad news about housing for LGBTQ Americans

Amy Hillier of the School of Social Policy & Practice says that more needs to be done to bring more queer and intersectional approaches to fair housing.

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The New York Times

A new legal tactic to protect workers’ pay 

Ioana Marinescu of the School of Policy & Practice addresses examples of efforts by employers to suppress wages.

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Bloomberg

A basic income pilot demonstrates the power of trust

Amy Beth Castro of the School of Social Policy & Practice praised a Washington D.C. basic income pilot that fostered relationships between residents and the organizations that funded and launched the program. “We know that if that careful work of relationship-building isn’t done with these programs, there won’t be good take-up in the end,” she said.

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The New York Times

How $1,000 a month in guaranteed income is helping NYC mothers

Amy Castro of the School of Social Policy & Practice said “time scarcity” keeps many poor families trapped in poverty. “If you’re struggling to make ends meet and you’re knitting together two or three part-time jobs,” she said, “you don’t have time to plan for the future or even to think.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

One year, 350,000 doses later: What Penn Medicine’s vaccine rollout taught it about equity

Heather Klusaritz of the Perelman School of Medicine and School of Social Policy & Practice and Richard Wender of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about Penn’s efforts to vaccinate Philadelphians. “To achieve equity is to be as available as we possibly can be,” said Wender.

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