Centers & Affiliations

California Social Welfare Archives

Established in 1979, the California Social Welfare Archives maintains one of the most extensive and complete collections of California social welfare history. The volunteer-based group collects, preserves and makes available historically significant information that documents the emergence of social problems and the development of social welfare answers in California. Primarily the historical records of health and social welfare organizations, as well as the personal papers and oral histories of prominent individuals, these materials serve as original sources for academic and community researchers and social policy analysts. CSWA conducts its activities under the auspices of the USC School of Social Work, with its collections housed in the Department of Special Collections in Doheny Memorial Library.

California Social Work Hall of Distinction

In a unique forum under the auspices of the USC School of Social Work and California Social Welfare Archives, the California Social Work Hall of Distinction was created in 2002 to honor the contributions of the state's social work leaders and pioneers and preserve their legacies for future generations. Credited with identifying a vision of how things could be better in their communities, these individuals helped shape social welfare with their actions and ability to inspire others. New nominees whose work is deemed of significant and lasting impact are inducted each year at the group's annual award luncheon.

Randall Information Center

The Randall Information Center is a digital information and training laboratory, offering academic and technological resources and services for students and faculty. Utilized for independent study, class lectures, training seminars and discussion groups, the multipurpose smart classroom space features 20 computer stations for easy access to the Internet, email and electronic research tools, including library databases and catalogues; a ceiling-mounted video/data projector with connections to a faculty teaching station; a duplex printing station free to social work students and small group breakout rooms. The center is a joint venture with the university library system, enabling seamless access to a wealth of print and electronic resources. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

USC Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership

Launched in 2005, the Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership promotes an understanding of the social, economic and political challenges facing Asia, including economic development, social welfare, public policy, empowerment of women and governance. The center capitalizes on the academic excellence of USC to create inspiring educational opportunities for emerging leaders that are designed to improve cross-cultural communication and nurture mutual cooperation among professionals of different cultures.

USC Center on Child Welfare

Founded in 1991, the USC Center on Child Welfare provides consultation and training to public service professionals and community advocates who work in the fields of child welfare, mental health, developmental disabilities, education, public health and other community services. The center also administers the public child welfare training contract from the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC), which offer stipends for students interested in public child welfare careers in California.

USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families

The USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR) offers innovative education and training platforms, leading research and partnerships that improve the capacity and competency of mental health providers to effectively address the needs of wounded warriors and their families. The center, with its partner USC Institute of Creative Technologies, has harnessed revolutionary technology to create virtual humans (avatars) that are programmed to replicate the experiences of veterans exposed to combat stress. These virtual reality simulations help prepare students for interacting with real clients.  The center is also actively engaged in research initiatives that can be readily adapted by community organizations serving veterans and military families, as well as developing continuing education opportunities through online certificate programs.

USC Center for Work & Family Life

The Center for Work & Family Life is a service provided for USC faculty, staff and their families to help preserve a healthy balance between their personal and professional lives. Services include solution-focused individual, couples or family counseling; departmental consultation to improve management and leadership effectiveness and workgroup dynamics; family and dependent care resources; health and wellness initiatives; and relocation assistance. Services are always free, voluntary and confidential.

USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging

The Roybal Institute seeks to increase the quality and applicability of interdisciplinary behavioral and social research in health and mental health of older underserved persons, especially in the Southern California region. It seeks to transform services through high quality training in the health and human services, using modern technologies for learning and teaching. The Institute is especially dedicated to elderly persons.