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Community Immersion Schedules

The Community Immersion experience occurs the week before regular classes begin and includes two types of workshops and an in-person community visit. The first workshop focuses on the community, impact of neighborhoods, historicity, diversity, and the opportunities and challenges faced by people seeking assistance. The second workshop is to introduce you to the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, its resources and expectations, and graduate-level work.

MSW Student Community Immersion in Los Angeles

Each year, prior to the start of the fall semester, new students prepare to enter the MSW program at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work by spending a day gaining first-hand knowledge of various communities in Los Angeles.

After the workshops, you will be led by faculty on a visit to a local neighborhood. These visits will give you a closer look at how the larger community impacts individuals, families and children on the micro-level, while also demonstrating how people impact their communities on the macro-level.

This event is essential to your success because it is connected to your 536 Policy and Advocacy in Professional Social Work course and provides you with the tools for success in your graduate program. Scheduling details for this event will be provided at a later date.

What is Community Immersion?
The Community Immersion experience is a tradition for new MSW students at USC. The first day takes place at the University Park Campus and introduces you to the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, the school’s resources, and expectations as a graduate student. On the second day, you will be led by faculty on a visit to a local neighborhood. These visits will give you an opportunity to learn first-hand about challenges and opportunities facing our communities.

Is attendance mandatory?
Both days are essential to your success in the program because they are connected with your SOWK 536 Policy and Advocacy in Professional Social Work course. If you have scheduling concerns, please contact your SOWK 536 directly through email to discuss options.

How do I learn more about Community Immersion?
Regularly check your USC email for updates regarding Community Immersion. Setup your student email account on a mobile device or tablet. You may also contact your admissions counselor directly for assistance.

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