UCLA Luskin Social Welfare alumni gathered May 11 at Imperial Western Beer Company in Los Angeles to network, reminisce and recognize achievements in their field. At the reception, Harmony (Dust) Grillo MSW ’05, a social activist for women in the sex industry, was named the 2019 Joseph A. Nunn Social Welfare Alumna of the Year. “I’m so thankful for my education,” Grillo told the crowd. When she began her master’s program in 2003, she said, “I felt very alone in my passion and I felt most people didn’t understand, but this community understood and supported and empowered me.” Social Welfare student Kiana Naimi was announced as this year’s recipient of the Social Welfare Alumni Fellowship. “I am very, very thankful to be at my dream school doing what I want to do, and to be able to go out into the community and serve,” Naimi said.
The latest edition of Luskin Forum includes a profile of Grillo and her work:
‘Harmony had this kind of light about her, this energy. She really had compassion and empathy for people who walked a difficult road.’ — CalSWEC coordinator Laura Alongi Brinderson, who nominated Grillo for the Social Welfare Alumna of the Year Award
View photos from Social Welfare’s alumni reception on Flickr.