Are you #Up4theChallenge?

As a call to action on some of society's most urgent problems, including mass incarceration, immigration and rising income inequality, the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare has launched the Grand Challenges for Social Work, which will promote innovation of evidence-based programs to create meaningful, measurable progress on solving these and other social problems within a decade.

Mashable Names Research Project One of Best Social Good Innovations of 2015

Mashable named a project headed up by Assistant Professor Eric Rice and USC computer scientists one of 26 incredible innovations that improved the world in 2015. The USC researchers created an algorithm that helps prevent the spread of HIV among homeless teens and young adults.

Connecting the Dots for Military Families

Professor Ron Avi Astor and his USC Building Capacity and Welcoming Practices project have successfully worked with the Los Angeles Unified School District and others across the state to identify and better serve military-connected students in public schools.

First-of-its-kind Study to Focus on LGBT Service Members in Military

Researchers from the USC School of Social Work and UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs will collaborate on one of the first U.S. Department of Defense-funded research projects of the LGBT population in the military.

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement Moves to School

The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) is now housed at the USC School of Social Work. The renowned center is one of the leading organizations in the United States providing comprehensive crisis and bereavement resources and training to educators, school systems, governmental agencies and community organizations.

Spotlight

"Victors Not Victims," directed by James Williams, MSW '14, is a film produced by students who took the class Media in Social Work to create short documentaries for social change.

People

Tiffany Lawrence is a Motion Picture & Television Fund social worker who sees her role as “providing quality of life toward the end of life” for senior entertainment industry resident retirees.

Giving

Gifts from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation will support Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative efforts to make Los Angeles the most veteran-friendly place in the country.