MSW@USC Blog


Join All School Day 2018 for a Performance of An Octoroon: Race and Identity in America, Both Then and Now

All School Day 2018 will address the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work will partner with the USC School of Dramatic Arts to present An Octoroon, a play by Branden Jacob-Jenkins, which challenges the audience to consider how history has been presented based on who has told the story. Learn how to virtually participate.

Nonconsensual Image Sharing Isn’t Pornography — It’s Sexual Assault

In the rapidly changing digital landscape, people are constantly finding new forums and quicker methods of sharing exploitative images of people to a boundless online audience. Survivors of this growing form of exploitation experience share symptoms similar to survivors of physical sexual assault, underscoring the need for more effective strategies to end this abuse.

Freedom's Journey: Understanding Human Trafficking

Combatting the spread of human trafficking requires first recognizing the scope of the problem. To help facilitate the conversation around ending human trafficking, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work created the following guide that offers an in-depth look at the areas where trafficking is most prevalent, the forms of exploitation that exist, and the root causes of this epidemic.

Ending Human Trafficking through Education and Awareness

As we recognize Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work acknowledges the need for greater public education around the practice of human trafficking in order to help aid the more than 20 million victims who live as modern-day slaves. 

Suicide in Rural America by the Numbers

Between 2001 and 2015, more than 540,000 Americans died from suicide. Although the majority of deaths from suicide occur in urban areas, rates of suicide for rural populations, who face significant barriers to accessing mental health services, have remained higher over the past decade.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Forecast Suicide

What if by using a combination of social science and artificial intelligence, we could learn to identify whether someone is becoming a suicide risk by predicting when they are thinking about it?