All School Day
Each academic year, the entire Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work comes together to have a comprehensive discussion about a prevalent social issue, or wicked problem. USC School of Social Work’s All School Day (ASD) is an educational forum co-led by students and faculty to learn how to better communicate across differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, social class and disability. Born out of the civil unrest of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the event has since become an annual event to recognize diversity through an exchange of ideas.
ASD topics depend on the school's overarching goals, faculty and student research focus, and community and school stakeholder input. In past years, topics have included racism and racial inequalities in the US, gun violence, immigration and deportation, and marginalized communities.
In the weeks leading up to the event, faculty and students, members of the public, and expert speakers engage in a discussion via social media, setting the stage for an in-depth conversation the day of ASD. This online conversation continues formally for up to a week after the event, and is carried into the classrooms through the school's curriculum.
All School Day 2017
All School Day is hosted by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work annually, featuring speakers from various areas of study to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration in addressing systemic issues in society.
Community to Campus
Part of investing in the broader local community means bringing the community to campus, and engaging our guests with USC resources, including students, faculty and staff.
Through comprehensive campus visits, the Office of Global Community Initiatives (OGCI) brings two youth groups to campus annually through the Dodgers Foundation RBI and Faithful Bible Church Rights of Passage programs, in order to help bridge the gap of access to higher education for youth of color in lower income neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles.
The Immigration Clinic, a joint initiative with the USC Gould School of Law, combines legal and social services for undocumented, self-referred community members. Our MSW student volunteers provide direct social services to clients, while law students provide legal resources.
Students from both schools apply to be part of this program, and work on a volunteer basis as they build up their skills and community involvement. This combined program helps people who are otherwise lacking representation and services needed to successfully integrate into their communities.