Carlos Amador, a recent graduate of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Master of Social Welfare Program (MSW), recently penned his experience participating in a hunger strike calling for the passage of the federal DREAM act.
In “This is Our Country Too: Undocumented Immigrant Youth Organizing and the Battle for the Dream Act,” Amador, who completed his MSW this past Spring, and who is currently in the process of gaining his own U.S. citizenship, tells of the 15-day hunger strike held in Los Angeles. The following is an excerpt from the article:
Marshall Wong, (MSW ’86) has been selected as the Social Worker of the Year for all of California. This honor follows his recognition as Social Worker of the Year for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Region H, this past Spring.
As cities across California struggle with how to handle medical marijuana dispensaries and police agencies blame them for an increase in lawlessness, academics are delving into data to find out whether pot shops really do influence neighborhood crime.
Jorja Leap, adjunct professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, is featured prominently in the October issue of Los Angeles Magazine. She is one of five area residents described as “five who make a difference,” because, “Their generosity is boundless and their belief in a better world unshakable.”
The UCLA Department of Social Welfare is searching for at least two tenure-track faculty to join a distinguished Department with a 60 year tradition of educating and serving ethnically and culturally diverse urban populations. We expect to recruit additional faculty over the next several years.
Recent governmental efforts to
limit undocumented immigrants’ rights echo earlier attempts to do the same,
while violating Constitutional guarantees and national values and sending a
“dehumanizing” message, according to a prominent civil-rights attorney.
Three prominent civic leaders from
the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities shared their experiences and
insights as members of ethnic minorities and activists with students in the
School of Public Affairs in a forum on “If I Only Knew. . .” Lessons from API
The board of the American Academy for Social Work and Social Welfare has announced its list of 2011 inductees into the organization; among this select group is UCLA Social Welfare professor and chair Robert Schilling. In his research, Rob Schilling seeks to develop, adapt, and test sociobehavioral interventions designed to ameliorate social problems of low income populations.
What youth in gangs need most are adults who are present to help them work through their personal issues, and a positive attitude, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, the fourth speaker in the 2010-2011 series “Gangs: Intervention Strategies to Break the Cycle of Violence.”