School of Social Policy & Practice

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday, now just 11 years old, was originally conceived in response to Black Friday as a tonic to consumerism. Katherina “Kat” Rosqueta of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy discusses how the day is an opportunity to think about others.

Kristina García

Working to understand and prevent intimate partner violence

Millan AbiNader, an assistant professor in Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, explains how she approaches social work as a “macro” social worker, and the importance of community and connection in addressing structural factors and social ecology of gender-based violence.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

What Philly arts leaders want to see from the city’s 100th mayor

The Institute of Contemporary Art has partnered with Taller Puertorriqueño to offer free bus service for residents of Fairhill to an ICA exhibition by North Philly native and artist David Antonio Cruz.


Business Insider

Universal basic income is working—even in red states

Researchers at Penn concluded that a basic income program in Stockton, California, could have profound positive impacts on local public health.


National Catholic Reporter

The crisis of unhoused older Americans is acute. Policy can be the answer

Dennis Culhane of the School of Social Policy & Practice says that elderly homelessness hasn’t been an issue since the Great Depression.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Five Penn faculty were elected to the National Academy of Medicine

PIK Professor Desmond Upton Patton and the Perelman School of Medicine’s Kurt T. Barnhart, Christopher B. Forrest, Susan L. Furth and Robert H. Vonderheide have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.



Antitrust deal cops to peek at worker abuses, stirring backlash

A 2021 paper co-written by Ioana Marinescu of the School of Social Policy & Practice found that local industry wage increases are associated with decreases in the prevalence and severity of labor-rights violations caught by federal agencies.