Student Caucuses and Interest Groups
Caucuses are recognized student organizations within the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work that promote awareness of specific constituencies and special interests, service to the community and leadership development through professional, educational, social and community events. Student caucuses enable members to organize effectively and empower themselves through a collective voice.
In order to officially become a caucus, students must first form an interest group that is active for 3 years before receiving recognition as a caucus. Please see list below for caucuses and interest groups that are currently active for the 2020-2021 academic year. Caucuses and interest groups that currently have no active members can be viewed by clicking on the drop-down menu at the bottom of this page. For more information on how to start a new group or to restart a group that currently has no members, please contact Sandra Parra, Senior Programs Advisor, at email@example.com or Karen Larrañaga, Student Programs Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find us on Instagram at @uscsowkstudentaffairs and check out our channel on Youtube.
New Student Group Recognition Information (new groups)
USC Credit Union - Recognized Student Organizations in good standing can open a USC Credit Union bank account for their organization. Information on how to open an account can be found in the forms below:
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Caucuses vary each academic year. All caucuses require a faculty or staff advisor and registration with Campus Activities every academic year.
Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Caucus
The mission of the Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Caucus is to promote Asian Pacific Islander cultural awareness and provide social support for the students in the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. It serves as a vehicle for advocacy within the Asian Pacific Islander community. This is accomplished through community service, solidarity, professional development, leadership and collaboration with other organizations. To learn more about API SWC, watch Jennifer Henry, Co-Chair, share about their experience: https://youtu.be/p6zmtdqMenc.
Association of Student Nurse Practitioners
The Association of Student Nurse Practitioners will foster the growth and professional development of students enrolled in the Nursing@USC Family Nurse Practitioner program. Professional development will focus on building essential skills necessary for industry leadership. Membership benefits will focus on professional development sessions and networking opportunities, professional case studies with discussion, guest lectures, best practices for the FNP, potential research projects, medical ethics case studies, collaborative practice, and more.
Black Social Work Caucus
The Black Social Work Caucus is committed to building solidarity among its members, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, faculty, administration, staff, student body, the university community and the black community at large by encouraging the understanding and acceptance of diversity, creativity, self-determination, ethical practices and minority leadership. It was founded in 1969 on the basis of integrating a multicultural perspective into the curriculum, dialogue and student body of the school. We are dedicated to academic achievement, professionalism and social justice for all people of African descent and human kind. To learn more about BSWC, watch Marcus Owens, Co-Chair, share about their experience: https://youtu.be/sv1W2ElrGyE.
Clinical Social Work Caucus
Clinical Social Work Caucus is a student-led organization dedicated to mentoring, educating and supporting USC MSW students in their clinical skills, both to supplement their classroom learning and to broaden their skill sets as budding practitioners. CSWC is also committed to creating a culture of self-care and wellness among all MSW students. We achieve this mission by offering relevant and professionally taught clinical skills from professors, clinicians and other professionals who share a passion in supporting MSW candidates, as well as through sponsoring and promoting a variety of self-care events and activities that give emerging clinicians effective tools they can use in their personal and professional lives. To learn more about CSWC, watch Denice Campos, Co-Chair, share about their experience: https://youtu.be/6w1bVN8gVxM.
Forensic Social Work Caucus
The Forensic Social Work Caucus is a professional specialty that focuses on the interface between the legal system and the human services system. The goal of the Forensic Social Work Caucus is to disseminate information regarding the practice of forensic social work to all interested students and provide the opportunity for networking with professionals in the field. To learn more about the FSWC, watch Co-Chairs, Paola Tapia and Natalie Castaneda, share about their experience: https://youtu.be/oXsoVQidxYU.
Jewish Social Work Caucus
The Jewish Social Work Caucus provides Jewish community, culture, and connection for social work students at the University of Southern California. The caucus is committed to exploring the connections between Judaism and social work and to enhancing understanding of the Jewish peoples’ role in social justice movements. The organization provides a safe space for Jewish students to explore their identity and their place in the School of Social Work and the social work field.
Latinx Social Work Caucus
The Latinx Social Work Caucus serves as a student organization that promotes leadership, self-help and solidarity among all University of Southern California Latina/o Master of Social Work students and works toward the betterment of all Latina/o cultures and ethnicities. We strive to accomplish this through academic excellence, professional development and empowerment for social justice. We acknowledge and embrace the richness and diversity of all cultures within a multicultural society. To learn more about LSWC, watch Alanis Gonzalez, Co-Chair, share about their experience: https://youtu.be/VnHb4jjX3eE.
Military Social Work Caucus
The Military Social Work Caucus promotes the welfare, social interests, education, outreach and support of military service members, veterans, their families and their communities. We welcome participation from graduate and professional students regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or religious or political affiliation. Our focus is on the professional development in support of military, veteran and civilian governmental providers; reintegration of veterans from all eras and their family members into the community; and preventing and intervening to minimize the social impact of crises and conflict. To learn more about MSWC, watch Wilmer Rivas, President, share about their experience: https://youtu.be/qC8H4islORA.
Mind Body Social Work Caucus
The Mind Body Social Work Caucus seeks to promote the healing and growth available through the mind-body connection. That is, we hope to use the psyche to positively impact the body and vice versa. The Mind Body Social Work Caucus offers weekly sessions with a panel of experts offering techniques ranging from laughter yoga to self-compassion. Additionally, we serve as a hub for individuals interested in the mind-body connection to share ideas and innovate on how to impact the wellness of our colleagues, our communities, and society as a whole. Of particular concern to graduate students, the Mind Body Caucus is a place to come to destress.
Email: Wahaj Bokhari, President, at email@example.com
The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. "Through Knowledge - the challenge to serve."
Queer Alliance Social Work Caucus
The Queer Alliance Social Work Caucus seeks to increase dialogue about the issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning populations, as well as provide networking opportunities for LGBTQ students, allies, faculty and staff. Toward this end, the Queer Alliance Caucus hosts awareness-raising events, educational brown bags and social events for all students, faculty and staff. To learn more about QASW, watch Megan Larson, Co-Chair, share about their experience: https://youtu.be/hVdrI-YzLnk.
Social Work and the Arts Social Work Caucus
The Social Work and the Arts caucus focuses on the role of the arts in social work practice. This group aims to educate students about arts practices as therapeutic interventions. We also hope to bring together students with artistic practices and talents who are using their skills in relation to their social work practice. Our goal is to connect to the wider artistic community in Los Angeles, creating relationships between social work students and nonprofit arts-based community agencies.
Trauma Response and Recovery Social Work Caucus
The Trauma Response and Recovery Social Work Caucus is a student-led organization dedicated to promoting leadership and disaster awareness as well empowering, educating, and supporting social work students in gaining knowledge to better understand communities that are impacted by crises and disasters. The goal is to encourage academic excellence, preparation for unforeseen events, and to strive for social justice by exposing members to skills that can be used to respond and help communities recover.
Unchained Scholars Interest Group
Unchained Scholars is a student interest group composed of formerly incarcerated MSW, DSW, and Ph.D students working with ally members to dismantle the barriers faced by people impacted by the criminal punishment system. Upholding the values and principles of the social work profession, we challenge beliefs, policies and systems that marginalize, stigmatize, and dehumanize individuals with criminal records contributing to a cycle of economic and racialized oppression. Through advocacy and diverse community building, we live the change we want to see. To learn more about Unchained Scholars Interest Group, watch Yehudah Pryce, Co-Chair, share about their experience: https://youtu.be/RhFbK4E2Yec.
The student groups below have no active members as of August 2020. For more information on how to restart a student group, please contact Karen Larrañaga, Student Programs Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art RX Interest Group
Art Rx has partnered with Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work to educate, strategize and research innovative ways in which medical professionals can utilize the arts to relieve pain and bring comfort to those suffering from illness and trauma. USC’s establishment as a mecca of creative and scientific minds places the university in the ideal position to pioneer the developing space of arts and medicine. We invite you to join us in helping medical professionals change the future of medicine by establishing a treatment culture in which patients can tap into their inner artists and fight a true Trojan battle against illness.
International Social Work Caucus
The International Social Work Caucus' goal is to promote awareness about international social work issues. Our goals are to provide a bridge between USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work students and international organizations, inform social work students about international social work internship and volunteer opportunities, and optimize learning opportunities to social work students regarding the role of social workers in the international field. We also recognize international social work students as partners who further enrich the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work on international issues. The ISWC does not discriminate between race, gender or sexual orientation. Email: email@example.com Instagram: @usc_iswc
Leadership and Organization Interest Group
The mission of this interest group is to develop leaders who promote social welfare in businesses and organizations. Through academic forums, social events, fundraisers, and other activities, we will engage MSW students to develop an expertise in macro-practice social work.
Men in Social Work Caucus
The Men in Social Work Caucus addresses the challenges and needs of men in the field of social work and strives to put forth a renewed vision of masculinity in our society. The caucus endeavors to bring awareness and interest to masculinity's impact on all gender identities, especially within the Southern California community. To achieve this goal, the caucus requires active participation from the entire student body regardless of gender. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Part-time Social Work Caucus
The purpose of the Part-Time Social Work Caucus is to advocate for and serve as a supportive resource for part-time students in the Master of Social Work program by maintaining a collaborative relationship with part-time students, school administrators and other student organizations to strengthen part-time students' social work network. In addition, the purpose of this organization is to carry out the NASW core values of social justice and service to the community. Email: email@example.com
Religion and Spirituality Social Work Caucus
The Religion and Spirituality Social Work Caucus holds a commitment to love, grace, compassion, faith and service. We strive to explore spirituality, faith and practice as social work professionals through guest speaker events. We are determined to provide opportunities to serve and connect with the greater USC community through community service. We also encourage spiritual growth among the student body to strengthen individuals as they reach for their goals and dreams within their careers. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual Academic Center Social Work Caucus
The Virtual Academic Center Caucus is an arm of student leadership that serves as a connector between VAC students, Student Organization, and school administration. The goals of the caucus include fundraising for extracurricular programming and student events, in addition to hosting web-based focus groups and meetings. The caucus is committed to empowering students and creating a cohesive student body with our students who are spread throughout the United States and the world. Email: email@example.com