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Cherrie Short, CBE
Associate Dean, Global & Community Initiatives

Dr. Cherrie Short, CBE, is the Associate Dean of Global & Community Initiatives, and professor of practice at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in Los Angeles, California, as well as a visiting scholar at the University of Wales, Cardiff. Before taking on her role in research and academia, Dr. Short served in Tony Blair’s administration in the U.K. for over 10 years as an elected politician and as a U.K. Race Equality and Human Rights Commissioner. She also served as the Race Equality Commissioner for Wales, in which she oversaw all race relations in Wales, including the Race Relation Laws for the National Assembly of Wales. As commissioner, she worked to use the commission’s legal powers to improve access to justice and promote social equality.

She received the esteemed CBE award (Commander of the British Empire), one of the UK’s highest public service awards given by Queen Elizabeth II, for her extensive work in race relations and human rights.

Dr. Short is an experienced advocate for social justice, and a qualified forensic social worker focusing on global approaches to social injustices. Her work has contributed to major social policy changes in local and central governments. She is a is a highly sought after keynote speaker.

Dan Hester
Program Administrator

Dan Hester joined the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in 2006 and serves as the Global and National Programs Administrator in the Office of Global and Community Initiatives. Previously he managed international program initiatives for the Center for Advanced Study of International Development at Michigan State University (MSU). Hester holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration from MSU and did his graduate work in international education at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. In addition to his work at USC and MSU, he has served as Executive Director of Key to Europe in Brussels, Belgium and managed national and international civic education programs for the Close Up Foundation in Washington, DC.

Catalina Vazquez
Program Administrator

Iris Chi
Director, China Program

Susan Cornwall
Administrative Assistant