Social work


COVID-19 Resources

For more information on how to succeed at CSUN as the campus responds to the pandemic as well as university updates, visit CSUN as One.

For available resources from the community, inside and outside of CSUN, visit the Office of Community Engagement's Connect with Community page.

For helpful information as well as resources related to COVID-19 and provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), take a look at their Information and Resource Guide.

For a searchable website dedicated to connecting you to community resources related to COVID-19, visit One Degree Coronavirus Resource Guide, and explore according to your region.

Racial Justice Resources

For daily newsletters, or a chance to explore publications, with a focus on the dismantling of white supremacy, visit Anti-Racism Daily.

Since the racial justice protests of 2020 and in an effort to benefit the community, Angel City Advisors have been collecting data-sets and mapping them across Los Angeles County. The resulting product is an Equity Mapbook, or collection of 79 maps that visualize injustice and exclusion across the LA County region. Intended for community-members to use, cite, and act upon, please view the Los Angeles Equity Mapbook.


On the evening of October 14th, 2020, faculty and students of the MSW Department hosted and recorded a community-wide Teach-In. The online session, entitled "Teach-In: You Matter! Your Vote Matters!", focused on the importance of voting and provided an overview of California propositions on this year's ballots. We are now ready to vote, and we hope you are too! Watch the Teach-In video. 

CSUN Professor’s Testimony Helps Reunite Mother and Daughter, and Win Class-Action Lawsuit for Families Separated at the Border

November 20, 2020

Alejandra Acuña, Ph.D.

Every summer, Dr. Alejandra Acuña, an Associate Professor in the CSBS Department of Social Work, volunteers to help Public Counsel and the advocacy group Human Rights First. Acuña provides psychological evaluations which are typically used in asylum hearings. However, in this case, Dr. Acuña’s evaluation of a mother, seeking asylum from Guatemala, had a ripple effect — impacting the lives of thousands of migrant families by serving as key evidence in a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the federal government. Continue reading about Dr. Acuña and her volunteer work on this case.

11th Annual We Are Power: Community in Action Conference

June 16, 2020

11th Annual We Are Power: Community in Action Conference logo

When it comes to the promotion of social justice, CSUN MSW students are ready to work. The We Are Power: Community in Action Conference was an inspirational example of what that work can do. Held in February of 2020 and organized by students of the Department of Social Work at CSUN, this year’s annual conference marked the first to move away from the title “Diversity Day” and embrace the words coined by Native activist and poet, John Trudell: “We Are Power.” Watch the conference video.

MSW Students Celebrated in CSUN Today Article

June 9, 2020

The University Library

Written by Perla Colin, the CSUN Today article entitled "Promotores de Bienestar Mental: Bilingual YouTube Channel Promotes Mental Health in Latinx Communities Through CSUN MSW Program" recognizes a group of MSW students and their launching a bilingual YouTube channel. The channel “Promotores de Bienestar Mental” (“Promoters of Mental Wellbeing”) provides a space to foster the mental health and well-being of the Latinx community. Read the CSUN Today article.


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