Encouraging Wellness

The school's wellness program encourges staff and faculty to lead healthy lives by offering yoga classes, healthful snacks, walking groups and other incentives, such as this cultural music festival in which students, staff and faculty participated. Here students Martin Lopez and Luis Linares play traditional Native American instruments.

Learning from the Past

Carrie Lew, left, assistant dean of professional development, and alumna Frances Chikahisa attended this year's Asian Pacific Islander Scholarship Reception and Paul Chikahisa Memorial Lecture. This year's event, "Bridging the Gap: Celebrating the API Experience Across Generations," featured a screening of the short film "Lil Tokyo Reporter," with the lecture delivered by filmmakers Fumiko Carole Fujita and Jeffrey Gee Chin. The reception supports endowed scholarships for USC School of Social Work students, and the lectureship, established by Frances, honors her husband and community advocate Paul Chikahisa.

Fostering the Future

Noticing that many of their students had experienced some kind of trauma in their lives that led to mental health issues, educators in South Los Angeles reached out to the USC School of Social Work to consult on the establishment of a high school focused on providing an understanding of real-life issues and preparing students to become their community's health care givers.

Ron Astor Talks Military Kids' Mental Health on CBS

Professor Ron Avi Astor was featured in a CBS Sunday Morning news story discussing the effect a parent's military deployment can have on families, especially the children, whose mental health is adversely affected. In this way, these kids could be considered "collateral damage."

Families and Faith

While religious scholars and media reports underscore the point that Americans are now less religious than ever before, Vern Bengtson, a senior scientist at the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the USC School of Social Work, thinks faith leaders and parents should not despair. Findings from his book "Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down Across Generations," which surveyed the religious beliefs and spirituality of more than 350 four-generation families over 35 years, suggest there is still remarkable religious continuity between parents and children. 

Spotlight

Our San Diego Academic Center held "The Mo' You Know," a fun, informational event that explored all aspects of men's health to encourage a balanced lifestyle complete with physical, emotional, medical and emotional well-being.

People

For a career dedicated to ensuring school safety, Professor Ron Avi Astor has received the California Social Welfare Archives' George D. Nickel Award for Outstanding Professional Services by a Social Worker.

Giving

In a collaborative effort, the Orange County Community Foundation and UniHealth Foundation have funded the launch of a one-of-a-kind survey to assess the needs of veterans in Orange County, Calif.