Volume 12, Issue 6 | September 2016

Social work pioneer Suzanne Dworak-Peck '65, MSW '67, has donated a historic $60 million to endow and name the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, cementing its standing as one of the world's most innovative institutions within the discipline and strengthening its renowned educational and research programs. The gift is one of the largest contributions from an individual to a school of its kind. "Her great generosity is matched only by her passion for social justice and her drive to inspire change by reimagining social work so that it empowers everyone it touches," said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. "And this gift ensures that the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work will continue to stand as an innovator by which all others are measured."  Read more

USC and the Cohen Veterans Network have opened a free mental health clinic to help veterans and their families make the transition to civilian life. The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at USC is a collaboration between the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.   Read more
Less than 20 percent of foster youth own a computer. "We live in an increasingly digital world, but kids in the foster care system are still being left out," said Assistant Professor Jeremy Goldbach, who evaluated a program that gives laptops to college-bound teens in the foster care system. The results floored the program's administrators.  Read more
Once intimidating and foreign, research is slowly but surely becoming a common pursuit in the school's master's program.  During a recent symposium, several students described their attempts in the research world, from spending time with chronically homeless individuals to refining a mobile application designed to help older adults manage their diabetes.   Read more