Los Angeles entertainment attorney Dennis Roach has joined the USC School of Social Work’s Board of Councilors. As the father of a current Master of Social Work student, Roach understands the importance of supporting the work students do now as interns and the work they will do as professionals once they graduate.
Kristen Kavanaugh, MSW ’12, is now one of fewer than 50 in the United States chosen to become part of the Truman National Security Project’s 2013 Defense Council, a competitive leadership development program for those who honorably served in the military and defense communities and who understand what it means to serve at home and abroad.
And now in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Institution is using Hortensia Amaro to inspire the next generation as part of a nationwide campaign to reach women and girls of color in underserved communities. Amaro, a USC associate vice provost for community research initiatives and dean’s professor of social work and preventive medicine, is one of a handful of women chosen to showcase the history and contributions of women of color in psychology.
Sherrie Wilcox, a research assistant professor, will lead a study at the USC School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, among the first to directly address the topic of the effects of war having devastating consequences on the sexual functioning of service members and veterans. The research is funded by a $650,000 gift from the Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund via the California Community Foundation.
As part of an effort to build a workforce of social workers trained and educated in geriatrics, and to translate new knowledge into practice and policy, the Gerontological Society of America and The John A. Hartford Foundation have selected the USC School of Social Work to establish a Hartford Academic Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work to be led by Associate Professor Karen Lincoln.
Jessica Goodman and Jennifer Brizuela are now on the short list of Master of Social Work students who took on a research project and became finalists for the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) MSW Student Research Award, a program designed to encourage master’s degree-level social work students to engage in research design and implementation.
We can't say who, but an anonymous alumni donor has pledged $1 million to the USC School of Social Work to establish the Cleofas and Victor Ramirez Professor of Practice, Policy, Research and Advocacy for the Latino Population.
“We need to share these stories of girls who have been raped by gangs or boys who are being threatened and beaten up, the poverty they have lived in and the trauma they have been through,” said Erica Nellessen, a master’s student at the USC School of Social Work. Nellessen and fellow MSW student Jessica Booker explored the recent surge in migration of unaccompanied children from Central America as part of a course on global social work.