School of Social Policy & Practice

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The New York Times

Baby steps toward guaranteed incomes and racial justice

Amy Castro Baker of the School of Social Policy & Practice said, of the effects of poverty on mental and physical health, that “science shows us that financial stress shows up in the body over time.”


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Sen. Casey pushes to end ‘boyfriend loophole’ in domestic abuse bill over NRA objections

Susan B. Sorenson of the School of Social Policy & Practice and U.S. Sen. Robert Casey and joined a panel of advocates at Penn on Friday to discuss the Violence Against Women Act and the need to close the “boyfriend loophole,” which fails to protect non-married victims of domestic violence.


Chronicle of Social Change

Does your agency reflect the diversity of the community it serves? Why not?

Raekwon Burton, a grad student in the School of Social Policy & Practice, wrote about the lack of diversity in the field of social work.


NBC News

Critics say Yang's cash giveaway means people won't work. Alaska says otherwise

Ioana Marinescu of the School of Social Policy & Practice spoke about her research on universal basic income experiments in Alaska. Marinescu and her collaborator found that access to these funds did not have any negative impact on people’s desire to work.



Stockton starts giving some residents $500 a month to fight poverty

The School of Social Policy & Practice’s Amy Castro Baker will be studying a universal basic income (UBI) experiment in Stockton, Calif. “We see UBI as a nice addition to social policy not a replacement,” Castro Baker said. “This project will help push discourse based on science not just based on assumptions we may have about poor people and what they need.”