12 10, 2015

Veteran finds purpose in military social work

By |October 12th, 2015|Students|0 Comments

by Miranda Mazariegos

Joshua Pena’s dream had always been to pursue higher education.

Although it was briefly put on hold when he joined the military, he is now close to achieving his goal of earning a master’s degree at the USC School of Social Work, focusing on children, youth and families, and military social work.

The Gary Sinise Scholarship recipient wants to translate his passion for serving others into a career closing the gap between veterans and civilians—especially among military families.

But the road here was not always smooth for Pena.

After high school, Pena enrolled at Fullerton College in California. Mounting family issues a […]

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8 10, 2015

New USC, UCLA study to focus on experiences of LGBT service members in military

By |October 8th, 2015|News, Research|0 Comments

One of the first U.S. Department of Defense-funded research projects of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations
by Claudia Bustamante

Researchers from the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles, will collaborate on one of the first studies of the experiences of LGBT service members in the military.

The study will lay a foundation for future research of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender active-duty service members by exploring how they are integrated into the military; determine if health disparities exist between them and their heterosexual counterparts; and develop recommendations for better assimilation of LGBT service members to promote military readiness.

The […]

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7 10, 2015

CIR, LA Veterans Collaborative invest in collective impact initiative

By |October 7th, 2015|Collaborative, News|0 Comments

by Lily Cao

Some leaders from the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative recently attended a week-long summit on collective impact where they discovered new and innovative strategies that can be applied to ongoing work in the local veteran community.

Held in Vancouver, Canada, the Tamarack Institute’s Collective Impact Summit introduced keynote speakers, insightful workshops and organized learning groups that each tackled one of the five key conditions of collective impact: common agendas, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication and backbone support.

Attendees heard testimonies from forward-thinking professionals who have adopted this approach to tackle such pressing issues as poverty, racism and homelessness. They […]

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8 09, 2015

School shows military social work impact

By |September 8th, 2015|Giving|0 Comments

The USC School of Social Work and the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) recently hosted a brunch in San Diego to highlight the school’s dedication to military social work.

Held at the Hall of Heroes museum, which was graciously provided by long-time supporters of the school and military social work, Amy and Chuck Spielman, the August 29 event was an opportunity for guests to learn more about the important impact that both the school and CIR are making on society every day.

A short program featured remarks by Carl Castro, director of CIR, who articulated the […]

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21 08, 2015

USC military center launches veterans study in Chicago

By |August 21st, 2015|Giving, News, Research|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

The ground-breaking research conducted by the USC School of Social Work’s military center on local veteran transition challenges will now be able to help veterans outside of Southern California thanks to a $316,000 grant aimed at replicating the study in Chicago.

The grant by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation will fund the Chicagoland Veterans Study, a comprehensive needs assessment developed by the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families. USC, in partnership with Loyola University Chicago (LUC) and with additional support from Deloitte and Prudential, will survey 2,000 veterans in Chicago and surrounding counties, providing local leaders […]

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