Community Focused Opportunities and Programming

In addition to providing opportunities for students to enhance their skills and build networks, SPI is committed to building meaningful community partnerships and providing events and programs that are free and open to the public. In this way, SPI helps fulfill the university’s mission to work “in St. Louis, for St. Louis, and with St. Louis.”

  • Data for Social Impact curriculum. Social sector organizations have an opportunity to advance their missions, increase impact, and promote equitable outcomes through data strategy and engagement. The Data for Social Impact initiative provides free programming  opportunities to build capacity in these areas. Sign up for our free Data for Social Impact online course and gain access to videos, resources, and worksheets to share with your colleagues.
  • Social Policy Institute events. The Social Policy Institute offers a range of free events that are designed for a social sector audience. Learn about past and upcoming events.
  • Sponsored events. The Social Policy Institute periodically co-sponsors Open Classroom events that align with our mission. Open Classroom offers a series of free, one-hour webinars on a wide range of social work, public health, and social policy topics. Learn more about their offerings.
  • Summer Institute. In 2020, SPI sponsored a one-week policy-focused Summer Institute course on economic analysis, providing scholarships to cover the cost for community partners. Learn more about ongoing summer institute programming.

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