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 ways in which the center is effecting change and addressing the rising needs of veterans through translational research. MSW alumna and former Marine Corps. captain, Kristen Kavanaugh, provided a moving testimonial about her experience as a returning veteran that led to her decision to pursue a master’s degree. Executive Vice Dean, R. Paul Maiden, spoke about the school’s dedication to expanding the reach of its military social work program.

Guests were then treated to a guided tour of the extensive museum of military artifacts. The USC School of Social Work is hosting a series of engagement and education events in support of The USC Social Work Initiative, part of the Campaign for the University of Southern California which seeks to raise $6 billion to fuel USC’s success and impact far into the future.

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