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75 years of community partnerships

The study of social work got its start at UCLA in 1947. Seventy-five years later, the Department of Social Welfare remains committed to enhancing human well-being and promoting social and economic justice for disadvantaged populations.

Throughout the 2022-23 academic year, we invite you to join UCLA Luskin Social Welfare at a series of events marking three-quarters-of-a-century of making a difference in Los Angeles and cities around the world.


In the Community: Field Work Through the Years

A reception and program honoring community groups and agencies that UCLA Luskin has partnered with for field placements, and the field instructors and supervisors who have guided our students over the years.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM PST
Collins Conference Room and Patio, James West Alumni Center

75th Anniversary Gala and Reunion

Celebrate UCLA Social Welfare’s diamond anniversary at a gala and reunion of alumni, students, faculty and staff, including the presentation of the annual Joseph A. Nunn Social Welfare Alumnus of the Year award.

Saturday, May 6, 2023
6 PM – 10 PM PDT
Centennial Terrace, UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center


Alumni – $50
Recent Alumni (2018-2022 graduates) – $30
Current Student – $10


Table (8 seats) – $1250 ($1150 is tax-deductible)
Half Table (4 seats) – $625 ($525 is tax-deductible)


Social Welfare Research at UCLA: Past, Present and Future

An exclusive event for current Social Welfare PhD students and doctoral alumni, plus faculty and staff.

Monday, November 14, 2022
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM PST
Legacy Room, UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center


Karina L. Walters PhD ’95, MSW ’90, BA ’87
William P. and Ruth Gerberding Endowed Professorship
University of Washington

Darcey H. Merritt PhD ’06, MSW ’03
Associate Professor, New York University Silver School of Social Work
Incoming Professor, University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice

Moderated by Rosina Becerra PhD
Dean and Professor Emeritus, UCLA