Taking a Cue from the Business World

While business schools regularly employ the fast pitch as an exercise in how to raise money for entrepreneurial pursuits, such an event at a school of social work is virtually unheard of. Our educators are changing that – for the greater good. This year's fast pitch winner was a mobile application designed to ease the integration of unaccompanied migrant children into U.S. schools.

Experiencing Cuba

Professor Wendy Smith recently visited Cuba on an educational mission organized by Rep. Karen Bass, MSW '15, to learn about the country's child welfare and juvenile justice systems, as well as its culture and people. See and hear about what she learned, including the strong sense of community that makes foster care a much different practice than in the United States, in her own words and photos.

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.

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

Crystal Anthony, MSW ’12, was once a victim of domestic violence. But she turned that pain into something positive and developed an FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award-winning anti-human trafficking program.

Giving

Blue Shield of California Foundation has given $200,000 to support the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative at the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families to help transitioning veterans.