Putting her USC master’s degree in journalism to good use, Maya Meinert serves as communications manager at the USC School of Social Work. She writes about the school’s student, alumni, donor, research, and community outreach activities, in addition to managing the school’s social media efforts.
Stories by Maya Meinert:
School safety work is never done for Ron Astor
The California Social Welfare Archives presented Astor with the George D. Nickel Award for Outstanding Professional Service.
Social worker honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
The associate dean’s career spans more than 40 years as an educator, researcher, advocate, activist, author and mentor.
Alumnus joins USC social work’s board
Dennis Roach understands the importance of supporting the work students do now and in the future.
USC collaboration fosters future social workers
The Augustus Hawkins Schools for Community Action in South Los Angeles prepares students for relevant careers.
Alumna brings unique view to school’s board
Lisa LaCorte-Kring is a licensed clinical social worker who worked in family mediation with the Los Angeles County Superior Court for 10 years.
USC Social Work assists in Philippines’ typhoon recovery
A USC group offers trauma response training to local social service organizations in hard-hit areas.
No need to leave home with USC Telehealth
USC Telehealth is the first university-based clinic to offer mental health services using secure Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant videoconferencing technology.
Dean’s Service Awards honor exceptional support of school
Marilyn L. Flynn, dean of the USC School of Social Work, presented the inaugural Dean’s Service Awards at the school’s Board of Councilors annual meeting.
Social Work launches new circle of giving
The USC School of Social Work has established the Advocates Circle, a new philanthropic giving community.
Enrile named among world’s most influential Filipina women
Annalisa Enrile, clinical associate professor at the USC School of Social Work, has been selected as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World.
Social worker funds new scholarship
Beth and Gus Lucas have pledged $25,000 to the USC School of Social Work to fund scholarships for students in financial need.
Donors inspired to serve veterans through endowment
With the importance of serving veterans and their families growing more compelling every day, the Levys has committed to the USC School of Social Work $156,000 to establish a scholarship fund geared toward veterans.
Social work students to serve foster youth
The Hutto-Patterson Charitable Foundation has established an endowment to fund the creation of a field placement at the USC School of Social Work with United Friends of the Children.
Amaro to receive Lifetime Achievement Award
After three decades on the East Coast, Hortensia Amaro has come home.
Social Work students visit D.C. to understand lawmakers’ impact
For USC School of Social Work student Hector Cendejas, taking a trip to Washington, D.C., was — quite literally — like going home.
Alum endows Latino social work professorship
An anonymous donor has pledged $1 million to the USC School of Social Work to establish the Cleofas and Victor Ramirez Professor of Practice, Policy, Research and Advocacy for the Latino Population.
Dean Flynn receives presidential Volunteer Service Award
Marilyn L. Flynn has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in honor of her commitment to strengthening the United States by making a difference through volunteer service.
Gift endows Flynn Prize at USC School of Social Work
For Lloyd Sun, meeting USC School of Social Work Dean Marilyn L. Flynn changed the way he now looks at the world.
New teaching institutions reinvigorate field placements
As soon as Erika Braxton-White saw her 10-year-old client, she knew he was struggling with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Gift establishes new scholarship for social work students
For Paul Beigelman, giving to USC is a top priority. “Next to my family, USC is the No. 1 recipient of favors of my trust,” he said. “I bleed cardinal and gold.”
Wong honored for work with traumatized children
For the last four decades, Marleen Wong has dedicated herself to the mental health of traumatized children.
Driscoll Foundation gift supports social policy research
When a traumatic football injury led to more than a month in the hospital and 15 surgeries for Wyatt Driscoll, the 17-year-old and his family became acquainted with the U.S. health care system all too well.
USC receives best practices honor from the APA
The American Psychological Association has awarded USC a best practices honor for fostering a psychologically healthy work environment.
USC professor earns Lifetime Achievement Award
Heather Halperin has received the National Association of Social Workers’ Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades-long career dedicated to the welfare of children and families.
Social Work takes on health disparities
Even though Winston Wong now has a big job as medical director of community benefit at Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest nonprofit health care provider, he still maintains a small family medicine practice.
Social Work welcomes new board member
Beth Lucas MSW ’98 has joined the USC School of Social Work’s Board of Councilors.
USC military research center receives grant for veterans
The USC School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families has received a grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation.
Social Work deals in high-level talks with D.C. officials
USC School of Social Work faculty have made the rounds in the nation’s capital, participating in high-level discussions and sharing their knowledge in veterans affairs, behavioral health, child welfare and geriatric care.
Journey unites Korean leaders here and abroad
As the group of Korean Americans gazed upon the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, they were reminded of the sacrifices of those who came before them, many of whom were their own relatives, that made their lives in the United States — and as global citizens — possible.
New board members join School of Social Work
The USC School of Social Work has added three new members to its Board of Councilors, two of which are alumni.
Alumnus makes lasting gift to School of Social Work
Growing up in poverty, David Kuroda MSW ’72 never thought he could afford to go to college — never mind a top-notch university like USC.
New books guide schools in support of military families
Four guidebooks to help parents, teachers, counselors and principals understand the educational challenges facing military children have been released.
Alumna’s annual check is in the mail
It’s been more than 50 years since Helen Ramirez was a student at the USC School of Social Work, but her connection remains as strong as ever.
Alumni thrive in nontraditional social work jobs
If you’re a bank serving a community that may not be the most savvy when it comes to finances, what do you do to encourage people to use your services?
Alumnus makes multiyear pledge to School of Social Work
Dwight Tate MSW ’77, has made a five-year pledge to the USC School of Social Work to help train students to become agents of change in their communities.