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Creating Positive Change

An Effort to Address all Forms of Harassment

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is committed to promoting equity and providing a supportive and protective environment for its students, staff and faculty.

Provost Michael Quick has provided leadership and fresh ground for change by calling on schools across the university to address abuse of power. Our school is united in our expectation that students, faculty and staff should be protected, and feel protected, in their work at this university and in the community.

We all share a responsibility to report any observed, overheard or directly experienced incidents of abuse of power or harassment.

A New Task Force
The Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is forming a task force to provide dialogue and recommendations on policies and practices that improve how the university and school address harassment and abuse of power.

The task force will also look at how the school can create an environment that is supportive and protective of the academic pursuits of students, staff, faculty and alumni.

The task force will include faculty, student, staff and alumni representatives. Check back frequently on this page to get information on the task force’s work, scheduled open forums for providing your thoughts and ideas for the overall recommendations report.

 

We Want to Hear From You
Submit questions, concerns, ideas or recommendations to our task force.

 

Resources For Students, Staff and Faculty
The USC Office of Equity and Diversity is responsible for investigating protected class misconduct involving students, staff and faculty at USC.

If you feel you have been harassed or discriminated against because of your membership in a protected class (such as sex, race, gender, sexual identity, military status, marital status, age, national origin, or religion), please contact the OED office: Call: 213 740.5086 at UPC or 323 442.2020 at HSC, email: oed@usc.edu

Additional support for students and faculty can be found here:

Students
Office of Student Life and Wellness: 213 821.5604
Dr. Danny Hernandez
USC Support and Advocacy Team: 213 821.4710
Student Counseling Services: 213 740.7711
Perspectives: 800 456.6327
24/7 service available free of charge to all online students

Staff and Faculty
USC Support and Advocacy Team: 213 821.4710
USC Center for Work and Life: 213 821.0800

Reporting an Incident
Any instance of harassment is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. We will always encourage and support those who report such behaviors. If you or someone you know has been a victim of any form of harassment, you are urged to report it to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), which is responsible for investigating these incidents. For more information on how to file a report and what the process is for investigation and resolution visit the OED website.

 

Contact the USC Office of Equity and Diversity to report an incident

 

Student Org: Stepping Up, Taking Action
Student Org has created an online forum for students to participate in the conversation on harassment. The site will allow students to share their thoughts about the current situation anonymously.

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Upcoming and Past Meetings and Events

Stay up to date on the school's activities and progress by checking this section often.

Week of November 13, 2017

  • Student Org Town Hall (November 14, 2017)

Week of November 6, 2017

  • Virtual meeting with Dean Flynn and all students (11/9/17 from 10:00am-11:00am PST)
    Executive Vice Dean John Clapp at the Orange County Academic Center (11/7/17 from 11:00am-12:30pm PST)
  • In-person meeting with Dean Flynn and Executive Vice Dean John Clapp and on-ground MSW students (11/9/17 from 12:00pm-1:00pm PST)
  • Virtual meeting with Dean Flynn and Executive Vice Dean John Clapp and all students (11/10/17 from 9:30am-10:30amPST)
  • In-person meeting with Dean Flynn and on-ground MSW students (11/10/17 from 1:00pm-2:00pm PST)

Week of October 30, 2017

  • Dean Flynn and Faculty Council (10/30/2017)
  • Meeting with Dean Flynn and PhD students (10/30/2017)
  • Meeting with Dean Flynn and tenure line faculty (10/30/2017)
  • Meeting with Dean Flynn and school leadership team (10/31/2017)
  • Meeting with Dean Flynn and school staff (10/31/2017)
  • Meeting with Dean Flynn and Department of Children, Youth and Families (11/1/2017)
  • Meeting with Dean Flynn and Department of Social Change and Innovation (11/1/2017)
  • Meeting with Dean Flynn and Department of Adult Mental Health and Wellness (11/1/2017)
  • Meeting with Dean Flynn and Alumni Leadership Council (11/1/2017)
  • Brave Spaces: Free Speech in the Academy (11/2/2017)
  • Meeting with Dean Flynn and Department of Nursing (11/2/2017)
  • Meeting with Dean Flynn and Virtual Academic Center faculty (11/2/2017)
  • Meeting with Dean Flynn and Doctor of Social Work students (11/2/2017)
  • Meeting with Dean Flynn and Virtual Academic Center faculty (11/2/2017)
  • Meeting with Dean Flynn and clinical teaching faculty (11/3/2017)

Week of October 25, 2017

  • Meeting with Dean Flynn and Student Org