School's Commitment to Racial Justice

The USC School of Social Work is dedicated to eliminating racial injustice and promoting an ongoing healing and reconciliation process to dismantle racism. This commitment is rooted in the belief that all members of our community are valued and needed to further the human rights and social justice mission of the school and our profession.

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.

Spotlight

Back on Board: Greg Louganis (HBO)

Jillian Barba, MSW '09, takes a macro approach to social work by producing documentaries. "Back on Board: Greg Louganis," premiering on HBO Aug. 4, chronicles the Olympian's struggles with HIV and finding financial security.

People

Steven Kim, MSW ’06, understands the importance of family. That's why he created Project Kinship, which works to reintegrate former gang members -- like himself -- and the incarcerated back into the community.

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.