Social Work

Sex workers’ rights

A Fulbright award augments Toorjo Ghose’s work to document and support the social movement happening among sex workers in India against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kristina García

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

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

‘Black Families Matter’

In a lecture organized by the Penn Program on Regulation, PIK Professor Dorothy E. Roberts argued that the U.S. child welfare system is designed to police Black families, not to protect children, and must be abolished and replaced with a new vision of family support and child safety.

Kristen de Groot

Penn Vet dual degrees: The student experience

The expansion of the dual degree program is timely, given the recent perfect storm of a pandemic; growing awareness of social, racial and economic inequity; and increased impact of climate change .

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In the News

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee’s Housing First programs shows how lifting people out of homelessness can improve health, and cut costs

Dennis Culhane of the School of Social Policy & Practice estimates that the homeless population older than 65 will triple by 2030 and says that rental assistance works better than building shelters.


Business Insider

More than 180,000 Los Angeles County residents applied to take part in its $1,000-monthly universal basic income scheme

The Center for Guaranteed Income Research at the School of Social Policy & Practice is studying Los Angeles County’s universal basic income scheme.


“Midday,” WYPR Radio (Baltimore)

Dorothy Roberts’ ‘Torn Apart’ spotlights inequities in foster care

PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts discusses the release of her book “Torn Apart,” which argues that the nation’s child welfare system deprives Black families of fundamental rights and should be dismantled.


Philadelphia Inquirer

In Philly’s DHS crisis, a bleak reminder of how America treats its most vulnerable children

PIK Professor Dorothy E. Roberts calls for dismantling America’s child welfare system, arguing that it largely punishes Black families for being poor.


Marketplace (NPR)

Programs pilot guaranteed income for artists

Amy Castro of the School of Social Policy & Practice comments on a universal basic income program for artists.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Takeaways from one of the largest surveys of Philly renters

Cypress Marrs of the School of Social Policy & Practice says that, as the federal government moves on from the emergency resources it provided to households during the pandemic, the housing crisis is far from over.