Department of Social Work Annual Events
CURRENT STUDENT ANNUAL EVENTS
Legislative Lobby Days is a two-day event to help educate students and professionals alike about important legislation affecting clients and the social work profession and advocate those issues at the State Capitol. Lobby Days is a great opportunity to learn more about the legislative process and get the "hands-on" lobbying experience of talking to state Legislators about important issues. This year the following three bills were lobbied for: AB 1455 (Campos) on counseling for victims of bullying; AB 1554 (Skinner) on tightening up the oversight of Residential Facilities for the Elderly; and SB 1005 (Lara) Health Care for undocumented immigrants.
Flynn Cup Baseball Tournament
The Flynn Cup is a softball tournament between all the local MSW programs. The Flynn Cup Tournament provides an opportunity to meet fellow MSW students from various Southern California Schools. On April 2, 2016, our MSW Matadors participated in the Flynn Cup for the 6th consecutive year. With dominating victories against CSULA and CSUDH, and very close losses to UCLA and USC, our players played their hearts out, as usual. Our team lost to USC in the semi-final game to finish 3rd in the tournament. We made new friends from other MSW programs and had an excellent time competing and building new connections with fellow social workers.
In the last few years the camaraderie and sportsmanship between schools has elevated exponentially. The Flynn Cup has proven to be a unique venue for social work students, alumni and faculty to strengthen the bonds within the program and to enhance connections with other Social Work programs in Southern California. Our team is grateful for the love and support we receive each year from friends and family, and from students and faculty in the MSW department who came out to cheer us on.
Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium (GSWEC)
GSWEC is a collaboration among six Graduate Schools of Social Work and nine community agencies specializing in services for older adults. It was established in 1999 to provide aging-focused 2nd year field placements and competency-driven geriatric social work field education. GSWEC field placements are structured to provide students with a well rounded experience of social work with older adults. We thank the above students for participating in GSWEC and their dedication in working with the older adult population in assisting them to age gracefully.
5th Annual Diversity Day 2014 Recovery: A Holistic Approach to Mental Health
Hosted by the Department of Social Work, Diversity Day is an annual event that provides students with an opportunity to learn from experts in a particular field. Diversity Day grew out of faculty discussion and interest in providing students with an opportunity to hear and meet with experts in a field of a particular area. It's intended to supplement course and field work on topics that are important to prepare social workers to successfully work with families and communities in Los Angeles County and other urban settings.
On February 6th, the 7th Annual Diversity Day examined environmental inequalities and the legacy of colonization. Keynote speaker Klee Benally shared about his fight to protect Indigenous sacred lands and the effects of colonization for his community. Terisa Siagatonu, another keynote speaker, performed spoken word, raising awareness for her pacific-islander community and the ability to call for healing and justice for all. The conference also hosted an arts activist panel that shed light on the various mediums people can use to make a statement and the power that art can evoke in society. The event offered many more presenters through various breakout sessions and ended with a dynamic musical performance by Aztlan Underground.