OCAC Newsletter

January 2016

OCAC Caucus is Selling Hot Chocolate!

A sweet treat to help you ease into the spring semester!

When: Thursday 1/14

Time: U-Break

Cost: $2 per cup and unlimited toppings.

You can come by before the Interviewing Skills workshop or prior to your 1 p.m. class.

Brown Bag- "Deported Veterans"

The Latino/a Social Work Caucus and the Military Social Work Caucus are holding a joint brown bag on Thursday, January 21st, from 11:30 - 1 p.m. in Classroom F. The featured speaker is the Director of the Deported US Veteran Support House in Tijuana, Mexico: Hector Barajas. Director Barajas is former paratrooper who served six years in the U.S. military and was honorably discharged prior to deportation. He has since dedicated his life and the efforts of his organization to assisting other deported veterans to return home to the U.S. and their loved ones. Join us for an enriching discussion about ethics, advocacy and awareness!

For more information, contact Gina Jackson @ gcjackso@usc.edu or Alyssa Vergara @asvergar@usc.edu

Date: Thursday, January 21st

Time: 11:30 a.m - 1 p.m

Location: Room F (the speaker will be video conferenced in).

Helping the Behaviorally Challenging Child

Helping the Behaviorally Challenging Child

The next course course will be:

4-Monday Nights

7:00pm – 9:00pm

February 1st, 8th, (skip 15th), 22nd, & 29th


USC Orange County Center - IRVINE

2300 Michelson Drive, Room E

Irvine, CA 92612

Course is limited to 15 participants

$150 per participant | $250 for two

There are two $80 scholarships available per course

5 Students get to attend for “FREE” – rsvp with Pancy (1st come 1st serve basis) @ holtsber@usc.edu

Research opportunity for Spring semester.

Interested in doing what you've learned and read about in your research classes? Curious about how community characteristics influence child well-being and development? Want to gain hands-on experience in current research at SC? Then this opportunity is for you!

This upcoming study will be conducted under USC faculty, Dr. Michael Hurlburt.

We are currently seeking MSW student volunteers to help us with data collection for our study concerning the relationship between different community characteristics and rates of child maltreatment in LA County. Volunteers will conduct surveys of community members during data collection days throughout the Spring 2016 semester. If interested or for more information, please see attached flyer or contact doctoral candidate, Amy He, at ahe@usc.edu.

Career Workshops-Office of Career and Professional Development

The Interview: The Final Impression (A Must Attend to Prepare for Second Year Internship Interviews: March – May and Job Interviews for Graduating Students)

Whether you're interviewing for an internship or a job, the interview is an opportunity for you to articulate what's on your resume but more importantly who you are. Learn about what to expect in an interview and how to prepare to answer some of those tough interview questions.


Thursday, Jan 14 | 11:15am - 12:40pm | Room B

Register: http://tinyurl.com/intvwocacjan14

Tuesday, Jan 19 | 4:15 - 5:40pm | Room C

Register: http://tinyurl.com/intvwocacjan19


Tuesday, Jan 26 | 11:15am - 12:40pm | MRF - Hamovitch

Register: http://tinyurl.com/intvwupcjan26


Thursday, Jan 28 | 11:15am - 12:40pm | Online

Register: http://tinyurl.com/intvwwebjan28


Connect Your Way to a Job Using LinkedIn (A Must Attend for Graduating Students!)

Learn how to create a strong LinkedIn profile and how to use it to connect with others and find jobs.


Thursday, Jan 21 | 11:15am - 12:40pm | MRF - Hamovitch

REGISTER: http://tinyurl.com/linkedupcjan21


Questions? Email sswcd@usc.edu

Learning support at OCAC

For writing resources and scheduling an appointment face ­to ­face or online, please visit


What if there are no appointments available?

Walk-­in hours will be held in SW 115 (faculty office 115).

Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

­ Email your paper, assignment guidelines, and preference of writing coach or content tutor to msw.LearningSupport@usc.edu

Should I work with a writing coach or content tutor?

Writing Coaches help with responsiveness to assignment, Content Tutors assist with responsiveness to assignment,grammar and style, APA format, and organization, course content and theories.

­ Further Questions? Contact Writing Coach Hailee Sattavara at sattavar@usc.edu

Attention: Pictures needed for OC grad celebration!

The OC graduation celebration will take place on Wednesday May 11, 2016.

Come celebrate your accomplishment with your peers!

All OCAC students and their families, faculty, and staff are welcome!

More information to come.

Be a part of the OCAC Graduation Gala Slideshow!! Help share memories created at OCAC.

Please send the OC Caucus photos by February 1, 2016. All pictures should be sent to occaucus02@gmail.com with the subject line "cohort 2016 photos."

OCAC Caucus is selling merch at special Back to School prices (for the month of January).

Have something to contribute?

Look for this newsletter at the beginning of every month! If you or your caucus have any upcoming events or announcements to add in the next issue, please email graceeka@usc.edu with the subject line "OCAC newsletter".

USC School of Social Work, Orange County Caucus

Director: Dr. Eugenia Weiss

Co-Chairs: Sarah McClellan & Jonathan Aspuria

Community Chair: Alexis Salas

Treasurer: Stephanie Arroyo

Secretary: Grace Kang

Foundation Year Rep: Alexandra Harris