Gabriela D. Acosta

Gabriela D. Acosta is the community manager for University of Southern California’s online online masters of social work program. Gaby has a background in sociology, and holds certifications in social justice mediation and diversity workshop facilitation. She is passionate about social justice, community organizing and leadership development through virtual campaigns. Follow her on Twitter @GabyAcosta101


Jamie Ottesen: Recovery Starts With Ending Silence, Isolation #Knowb4Stage4

This submission to the #Knowb4Stage4 eating disorder awareness campaign was written by Jamie Ottesen, BSW, MSW, LCSW. Jamie is a licensed clinical social worker and is going on two years of recovery from bulimia and food addiction. She can be reached at rockingresilience@gmail.com...

Beverly Younger on Social Workers In the Business World

The roles social workers fulfill are always changing, and a great example of this is their greater presence in the world of business. There is more crossover than ever before, and the MSW@USC prepares students to take on these new challenges through its Social Work and Business in a Global Society concentration...

#Knowb4Stage4: Truth, Lies and Choices

Allison Epstein is the managing editor at Adios Barbie, a body-image blogger at The Body Pacifist, a fiction writer and Renaissance drama enthusiast. She writes about eating disorders, the media and feminism. Allison has a degree in English, creative writing and French from the University of Michigan...

#KnowB4Stage4 Targets Early Intervention for Mental Illness Epidemic

Mental illness awareness and prevention received renewed focus after the creation of the Affordable Care Act, which expanded requirements for mental health coverage via federal protections. For more than 65 years, May has marked...

Let’s Ride: USC Joins Tour de Cure for the Fourth Year Running

For the past four years, the USC School of Social Work has participated in the Tour de Cure, a series of fundraising cycling events held to benefit the American Diabetes Association. USC organized Los Angeles-area teams in previous years, but this year...

Celebrating Our First African-American Social Work Graduate

The conversations at this year’s All School Day about race relations and the recent 50th anniversary of the Selma, Alabama, “Bloody Sunday” march inspire us to reflect on our country’s civil rights progress and those who give us courage to stand up for social injustices...