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

MVP Showcase
Health and Well-being of U.S. Veterans During the COVID-19 Pandemic

January 21, 2021
11:00 AM PT
U.S. veterans have been impacted by the economic, social and health disruption caused by COVID-19. Based on findings from the Military and Veterans Programs' International COVID-19 Veteran Impact Study, Sara Kintzle, deputy director of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at USC, presents what has been learned about the needs of U.S. Veterans during the pandemic. Carl Castro, director of Military and Veterans Programs joins the webinar for an interactive Q&A at the end of the presentation. 


Health Equity Webinar
Health Equity in the Time of COVID: Nurses Providing Primary Health Care to All

December 9, 2020
As first responders, nurse practitioners are on the frontlines of screening, assessing, evaluating and managing COVID-19 patients in primary care. Associate Professor Sharon O'Neill, Clinical Associate Professor Tracie Kirkland and Clinical Assistant Professor Janett Hildebrand discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened awareness of the impact social determinants have in effecting health equity.


API Webinar
Pandemic, Politics, and Disparity: Asian-American Social Work Leaders on What's Next

November 19, 2020
As the country continues to face critical challenges, from the pandemic to post-election trauma, this interactive panel discussion weighs in on how social work professionals can lead the path toward recovery, especially within the Asian-American community. Featuring social work pioneers Bill Watanabe, founding executive director of the Little Tokyo Service Center; Iris Chi, USC Chinese American Golden Age Association, Frances Wu Chair for Chinese Elderly; Janlee Wong, former executive director of the NASW, California Chapter; and Mariko Yamada, former California state assemblymember.


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

August 12, 2020
Maria Hu, clinical associate professor, and Steve Hydon, clinical professor, 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
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, 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

Ruth C White, clinical associate professor, and Terence Fitzgerald, clinical associate professor, 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

Advancing Family Caregiving Research in Diverse Communities: Lessons Learned from Community-Based Studies

February 23, 2021
11:30 a.m. PT

Join the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging for a virtual showcase highlighting their mission of advancing research, policy and practice to improve the lives of older adults and their families from diverse communities locally, regionally and globally. Professor Iris Chi, Professor Yuri Jang, and Associate Professor Shinyi Wu discuss their extensive research findings surrounding the unique barriers facing communities of color as they navigate Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Solution-based interventions focused on health literacy, education, and caregiver support systems are addressed.


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

August 27, 2020
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
Eric Rice, associate professor, Phebe Vayanos, assistant professor, and Chyna Hill, postdoctoral researcher, 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
Kristen Zaleski, clinical associate professor, and Yareli Contreras, MSW student, presents 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 overviews 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
Carl Castro, professor and director of the Military and Veterans Programs (MVP), and Sara Kintzle, research associate professor and deputy director of MVP, 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.