The USC School of Social Work will host “A Celebration of the Heart,” its scholarship gala on March 8 at USC Town & Gown.
The event honors individual contributions to social work practice and research in the community and throughout the world. This year’s Crystal Heart, the school’s highest honor for community service, will pay tribute to Pete Carroll, head USC football coach and founder of A Better L.A.
Proceeds from the evening will establish the Pete Carroll Scholarship for students pursuing graduate study at the USC School of Social Work.
Utilizing his relationships with leaders from the private, nonprofit, social service, faith-based, education and law enforcement sectors, Carroll created this nonprofit organization to promote change in Los Angeles communities. Its goal is to empower people and communities from within to facilitate change, foster growth and break the cycle of violence that plagues some areas.
The school also will present the W. June Simmons Distinguished Alumna Award to Monica Garcia, president of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education and a 2001 MSW graduate. The award recognizes Garcia for her commitment to improving the education system and the lives of at-risk youth involved with the Los Angeles County child protective services and juvenile delinquent system.
Dean Marilyn Flynn will present the Flynn Prize for Research, to be announced at the event. The award, which carries a $20,000 honorarium and gold medallion, honors a scholar whose interdisciplinary research has achieved high social impact and a demonstrable change in the lives of vulnerable populations.
For more information about the event, contact Hillary Chisum at (213) 821-1297 or email@example.com.