Dean Inducted into Social Work Hall of Distinction

Dean Marilyn Flynn is among six individuals with distinguished and successful careers who entered the California Social Work Hall of Distinction during a recent induction ceremony that recognized their exceptional contributions to social justice and social welfare. Here is Flynn, left, with her grandson and Marv Southard, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, who praised Flynn for her generosity, entrepreneurial spirit and intense devotion to social justice.

Is the MSW the New MBA?

Fast Company magazine's Co.Exist blog, which focuses on the latest world-changing ideas and innovations, featured the school's social work and business concentration, noting that "a number of corporate failures demonstrate the need for the very skills that social workers are trained in." 

Most Veterans Unprepared for Civilian Life

Many service members leaving the military and returning to Los Angeles County are not prepared for the transition home, according to a new Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families report. This first comprehensive study of a large urban military population found that most of the 1,350 veterans surveyed experienced challenges in finding employment, unstable housing situations, health and mental health issues, and more.

Ending Homelessness

The USC School of Social Work hosted the first Western States Next Practices Round Table: The Art of Scaling Best Practices to End Homelessness, bringing together more than 150 government officials, organizational partners and providers to discuss current approaches to homelessness and what is needed to impact policies that will lead to change.

Young Military Men Report More Sexual Dysfunction than Civilians

Thirty-three percent of male military service members aged 21 to 40 reported erectile dysfunction, a rate that is more than three times that of similarly aged civilians, according to a new USC study. 


Advocates for African American Elders is a multidisciplinary partnership founded by Karen Lincoln at the USC Roybal Institute on Aging that helps African American seniors advocate for their health needs.


For the next year, the School of Social Work will benefit from the research and expertise of the Israeli Defense Forces via Eyal Fruchter, a colonel and former head of the Mental Health Division in the Israeli Medical Corps.


Thanks to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Children's Data Network, led by School of Social Work faculty, now includes information on transition-age foster youth. The innovative project links child welfare data across agencies.