Join Us for All School Day: Gun Violence: New Challenges in Public Health #ASD16

According to a published report from the FBI, the United States has seen a massive uptick in mass shootings since the year 2000. In an effort to address and eradicate gun violence, doctors, public health practitioners, social workers and others are calling for gun violence to be addressed as a public health issue.

In response, the USC School of Social Work is leading a conversation on gun violence by hosting an open dialogue at this year’s All School Day (ASD). The event will feature expert speakers and panelists who will facilitate discussion and answer questions on the issue. This year, USC will open this discussion to the general public to provide a platform for meaningful conversation about gun violence as a public health issue.

What Is All School Day?

USC School of Social Work’s annual All School Day event began after the civil unrest of the Los Angeles riots in 1992 that were compounded by existing racial tensions. Since then, USC School of Social work students, faculty members and community leaders have gathered each year to celebrate diversity through an exchange of ideas and to learn how to better communicate despite differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, social class and disability. 

This year, keynote speakers will discuss the challenge of gun violence and how to better address the issue. The main question: Should gun violence be treated as a public health issue? The panel of experts will then answer questions and discuss social impacts of gun violence, gun control measures, the global effort to eradicate incidences of gun violence and much more.

Event Details

Students will attend the event on campus, while MSW@USC students and the general public are invited to live stream the event beginning at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. EST.

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Featured Keynote Speakers

Portrait of Judy Belk

Judy Belk

Judy Belk is president and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation, which provides grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention, especially in traditionally underserved communities. Cal Wellness invests in research to uncover the contributing factors to gun violence and provide solutions. Belk is a frequent writer and speaker on organizational ethics, race and social change, and her work has been recognized with several state and national awards. In her role at Cal Wellness, she works to increase access to good-paying jobs, safe neighborhoods and quality health care services.

7-15-2013, Portrait of Los Angles City Councilmember Gilbert A. Cedillo

Council Member Gil Cedillo

Gil Cedillo represents the first district of Los Angeles, which encompasses many historically diverse neighborhoods stretching from Koreatown to Pico Union to Highland Park. Cedillo served 14 years in the California State Legislature, authoring more than 100 bills that were signed into California law by four different governors. He has dedicated his career to advocating on behalf of underserved communities, championing public safety, housing rights, immigration reform and much more. Cedillo chairs the city’s Housing Committee, where he continues to advocate for equity for all residents.


Mike Feuer

Mike Feuer

Mike Feuer is the city attorney for Los Angeles. He created the Gun Violence Prevention Unit in his office and has worked aggressively to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and children. In a national effort, Feuer joined Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to co-found and chair Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, an independent, nonpartisan coalition devoted to creating prosecutorial and policy solutions to the public health and safety crisis of gun violence. He also created the Community Justice Initiative, an array of neighborhood-based programs addressing quality-of-life crimes, truancy, prostitution, the needs of homeless veterans and more.

Nathan Graeser

Nathan Graeser

Nathan has over 16 years’ experience working with military populations. He currently directs community and innovation for USC Center for Innovation and Research for Veteran and Military Families (CIR) as a Community Program Administrator, directing the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative and Innovation fund- a collective impact group that consists of more than 400 different service providers throughout LA County.

Nathan has spoken to hundreds of service providers in LA on veteran transition challenges, developing better community policies and as people return home from war. He obtained Master in Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and then a Masters in Social Work focusing on military populations at the University of Southern California. Nathan has been recognized for his innovative inclusion of ceremonies for transitioning veterans, as well as his creative and realistic approach to building capacity for communities and mental health providers treating veterans home from war with Moral Injury. He was recently recognized by USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture and the Interreligious Council of Southern California (IRC) as a one of 50 Leaders working in the intersection of faith and social change

Marleen Wong

Marleen Wong

Marleen Wong, associate dean and clinical professor, serves as director of field education at the USC School of Social Work. In addition to her work in field education, Wong is a frequent participant and speaker at the White House where she participated in meetings on preparing schools for emergencies after the Newtown tragedy and on reducing gun violence. She also has provided invited testimony at Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission and consulted directly with the U.S. secretary of education to reduce violence in schools. Wong is also one of the original developers of the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools, an evidence-based program using skill-based group intervention to relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and general anxiety among children traumatized by violence, bullying and trauma. 


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Join the Conversation

Make your voice heard by sharing your thoughts, questions and related articles over the next two weeks using #ASD16. Your social posts may be featured on the MSW@USC blog following the event!