Oh, the Places You'll Go!

This year's graduating class is the largest-ever participating for the USC School of Social Work with about 1,000 graduates, who join the good fight of advancing the understanding of social issues through innovative practice, policymaking and research. Congratulations, class of 2015!

You Can Call Them "Doctor" Now

This year's four PhD graduates -- Megan Finno Velasquez, left; Armando Barragan; Hsun-Ta Hsu and Weiyu Mao -- have studied topics that are as varied as mental health service use among Latinos and the promotion of child well-being to HIV prevention among the homeless and health outcomes among older adults in rural China.

Once-Homeless Student Finds Refuge in Social Work

For more than 10 years growing up, home for Oralia Catalan used to be a makeshift house under a bridge, bathing in a nearby river and doing homework by candlelight. But she has survived -- and thrived -- through it all. Now she joins the 2015 USC graduating class with a master's degree in social work.

Report Proposes Ways to Improve Lives Around USC

The 2015 State of the Neighborhood Report, led by Professor Hortensia Amaro, focuses on the current state of the communities surrounding USC's campuses, including economic stability, education, health and health care. "We have incredible privilege at this university. And it is our responsibility to act on all of that privilege," USC Provost Michael Quick said.

Teens from Military Families at Higher Risk of Suicidal Behavior

California adolescents from military families are more likely than nonmilitary youth to think about, plan and attempt suicide, according to a new study led by Assistant Professor Tamika Gilreath. The study is the first to explore the continuum of suicidality.

Spotlight

This year's All School Day, “Race Relations in the 21st Century,” featured Compton Mayor Aja Brown and USC professors Manuel Pastor and Jody Armour, who discussed the state of race relations today and its possible the future.

People

Navy veteran Gena Truitt, MSW '12, has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve on the California Veterans Board, a body that advises the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs secretary and advocates for veterans statewide.

Giving

Do people become more religious as they age? To find the answer, the John Templeton Foundation has funded a new three-year $1.5 million research study by professor Vern Bengtson.