Volume 12, Issue 5 | August 2016

While all our field placements offer the chance for our Master of Social Work students to engage in real-world client services, sometimes those opportunities collide with something larger. As part of her field placement in Flint, Michigan, where for the past two years residents have been dealing with the effects of living with contaminated water, MSW@USC student Olivia Tucker is spearheading the development and management of a program to address the behavioral health and mental health needs resulting from living with unusable, polluted water.  Listen to her story

It's a dangerous journey for unaccompanied youth heading north from Central America to countries such as Mexico and the United States, as they escape one of the world's deadliest regions. Two MSW students explored this recent surge in migration and presented their findings at the 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health in Singapore. Read more
A trio of new assistant professors is continuing the school's trend toward diverse and interdisciplinary scholarship.  Daniel Hackman, Mónica Pérez Jolles and B.K. Elizabeth Kim have multifaceted research interests that range from how early life socioenvironmental factors influence later risk of psychopathology to improving services for vulnerable children and their caregivers.   Read more
A quarter of comments on online rape-related articles contain statements that blame the victims, a new study by Clinical Associate Professor Kristen Zaleski found.  "For the first time, we have definitive data showing that a strong rape culture exists in online comment forums," she said. "Clearly, further studies are needed. This study is a first step in that direction."   Read more
Alumna Suzanne Dworak-Peck, who has pioneered modern social work by elevating the profession on a global scale through policy, advocacy and the media, has assumed the role of chair of the USC School of Social Work's Board of Councilors, succeeding J. Scott Watt. Another five new members also have joined the board this year.  Read more
"So why is it that I think this enormous problem can be solved? The answer is simple. Over the past two years, we've seen many communities either end or radically curb the levels of homelessness experienced by veterans. If we can solve veteran homelessness, we can solve youth homelessness," Associate Professor Eric Rice wrote in a Huffington Post op-ed.  Read more