NEW Virtual Webinars and Showcases

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work will host a NEW series of webinars and showcases featuring faculty, alumni and community partners.

Register and join us for these virtual, interactive discussions on the issues facing our society today and to learn more about the work we are doing to address critical problems on an individual and community level.

Webinar Series

Emotional Wellbeing Webinar
Emotional Wellbeing and Thriving during the Era of COVID-19: Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

August 12, 2020 - 6 p.m. PT
Maria Hu, clinical associate professor, and Steve Hydon, clinical professor, will discuss the common issues that impact professionals which contribute to the development of secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue and burnout. Learn how to cope with these occupational hazards and how you can support yourself on various levels: professionally and personally.


Sport and Social Justice
Sport and Social Justice: What Matters to Me and Why

July 23, 2020 - 12 p.m. PT
Alan Green, clinical associate professor at the USC Rossier School of Education, Cynthia Mumbo, founder and CEO of Sports Connect Africa, and McCall Hall, director of community outreach for USC Athletics, will host an interactive dialogue on issues around sports and social justice. Moderated by Stacy Kratz, clinical assistant professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social, and sponsored by the USC Sport Social Work Task Force, which focuses on addressing all levels of sport and athletics across the life span (including collegiate and professional levels) with particular attention to sport for development, peace, and social justice.


Race and Equity Webinar
Avoiding the Unavoidable: Race and Equity in Education

July 7, 2020 - 6 p.m. PT

Ruth C White, clinical associate professor, and Terence Fitzgerald, clinical associate professor, will host an interactive webinar discussing the current mechanism of racialized oppression in U.S. education, and also the parallel between higher and K-12 education. The manner in which racialized oppression targets historically marginalized people of color will be explored.



Virtual Showcase Series

Homelessness During COVID019
What We've Learned and What We Shouldn't Forget: Homelessness During COVID-19

August 27, 2020 - 11 a.m. PT
Ben Henwood, associate professor and director of the Homelessnes, Housing and Health Equity Research Center (H3E), presents an overview of the H3E Center and how the COVID-19 pandemic as impacted the Center's work on addressing research, practice and policy related to ending homelessness. How have efforts to answer key questions been interrupted by the pandemic? Henwood will address emerging questions, including implementing telehealth within homeless services, access to housing to reduce COVID-19 risk, and the use of mobile devices to better understand trajectories of homelessness. 


CAIS Virtual Showcase
Using AI to Combat Systemic Racism in the Context of Homelessness

July 23, 2020 - 1 p.m. PT
Eric Rice, associate professor, Phebe Vayanos, assistant professor, and Chyna Hill, postdoctoral researcher, will discuss how systemic racism has shaped homelessness in Los Angeles and across the U.S. Through research conducted by CAIS, which includes both social work scientists and computer scientists, they will share new developments in this ongoing work, which includes collaboration with the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority, housing providers, and persons with lived experience of homelessness in Los Angeles. This showcase is generously sponsored by the Trojan League of South Bay


Human Rights Clinic Showcase
Advocating for Survivors of Human Rights Abuses in Asylum Law

July 15, 2020 - 11 a.m. PT
Kristen Zaleski, clinical associate professor, and Yareli Contreras, MSW student, will present the school's partnership with the Keck Human Rights Clinic, and how social justice and human rights are inextricably linked within the U.S. immigration system. This interactive discussion will overview topics of gender based violence, human rights abuses and asylum law in the United States. Learn about the role of forensic mental health assessments in the immigration justice system and its important place for social workers in advocating for human rights.


CIR Showcase
How Military Social Work is Addressing Critical Needs of Veterans and Families in Today's Environment

July 8, 2020 - 11 a.m. PT

Carl Castro, professor and director of the Military and Veterans Programs (MVP), and Sara Kintzle, research associate professor and deputy director of MVP, will present an overview of how the MVP is advancing the health and well-being of service members, veterans and their families through cutting-edge research, innovative education, collaboration and multi-level community engagement that uniquely equips USC to rapidly respond to emerging challenges facing the military community, and shape the future of military social work.