Social Work

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 .

From Penn Vet

The world according to Walter Palmer

The educator, organizer, and alumnus discusses his six decades of activism, growing up in the Black Bottom, studying and teaching at Penn, his work at CHOP, the student strike of 1967, the Vietnam War, Frank Rizzo, Donald Trump, school choice, gun violence, the Chauvin trial, and why he thinks racism should be declared a national public health crisis.

Greg Johnson

Fighting poverty with cash

Amy Castro Baker has helped deliver promising data out of Stockton, California, about the effects of giving people no-strings-attached money every month. Now boosted by a new research center at Penn that she’ll colead, more cities are jumping on board.

In the News

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.


The Washington Post

A school district opted out of a free meals program, saying students could ‘become spoiled’

Ioana Marinescu of the School of Social Policy & Practice says that moving to a universal meal program provides important advantages for students and their families.


Black Enterprise

Latest batch of $1400 stimulus checks includes more payments for those who filed their taxes

Ioana Marinescu of the School of Social Policy & Practice explains that job creation is outpacing the search effort that workers are putting forth. Accordingly, a decline in workers’ desire to pursue employment matters more when there are a significant number of job openings available. This is the likely situation as the economy slowly begins to reopen.


The Washington Post

Cash payments spread from Congress to Stockton to Brazil—but notion of ‘universal basic income’ far from reality

The work on “guaranteed income” programs by Amy Castro Baker of the School of Social Policy & Practice has found a renaissance in recent years, in countries such as Finland, India and Kenya, as inequality has worsened, and in the United States, after it received a boost during the 2020 presidential primaries.


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.



This Is Why Advocates Are Supporting LGBTQ Foster Parents in Court

Sarah Wasch of the School of Social Policy & Practice and the Field Center spoke about the “dangerous message” foster-care agencies send to children when denying applications from LGBTQ potential parents.