Master of Social Work

Welcome to the CSUDH Master of Social Work Program

California State University, Dominguez Hills' Master of Social Work Program prides itself in being the only MSW program in existence that undergirds its curriculum with an explicit focus on Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. Our program thus produces social workers who practice through a unique lens focused on racial and social justice.

Learn more about Critical Race Theory.

Social Work News

A Night to Speak Up & Speak Out

Professor Paul Vu's MSW 523 Social Justice in Social Work Practice class hosted an event Wednesday April 25th on campus to raise awareness about college sexual assault and dating/domestic violence. The month of April is sexual assault awareness month. At the event, students showed videos (created by the students), had a panel discussion, and other neat stuff. The panel consisted of:

  • Director from campus Women’s Resource Center
  • DART officer
  • Campus police officer
  • DV services worker/counselor
  • CSUDH alumnus that started a DV program
Below is the YouTube link to the entire A Night to Speak Up and Speak Out event. 

Transformative Civic Engagement

Dr. Maria Avila publishes new book Transformative Civic Engagement Through Community Organizing

Maria Avila presents a personal account of her experience as a teenager working in a factory in Ciudad Juarez to how she got involved in community organizing. She has since applied the its distinctive practices of community organizing to civic engagement in higher education, demonstrating how this can help create a culture that values and rewards civically engaged scholarship and advance higher education’s public, democratic mission.

Adapting what she learned during her years as an organizer with the Industrial Areas Foundation, she describes a practice that aims for full reciprocity between partners and is achieved through the careful nurturing of relationships, a mutual understanding of personal narratives, leadership building, power analysis, and critical reflection. She demonstrates how she implemented the process in various institutions and in various contexts and shares lessons learned.

Community organizing recognizes the need to understand the world as it is in order to create spaces where stakeholders can dialogue and deliberate about strategies for creating the world as we would like it to be. Maria Avila offers a vision and process that can lead to creating institutional change in higher education, in communities surrounding colleges and universities, and in society at large.

This book is a narrative of her personal and professional journey and of how she has gone about co-creating spaces where democracy can be enacted and individual, institutional, and community transformation can occur. In inviting us to experience the process of organizing, and in keeping with its values and spirit, she includes the voices of the participants in the initiatives in which she collaborated – stakeholders ranging from community partners to faculty, students, and administrators in higher education.

Foreword by Scott J. Peters Acknowledgements

UK Trip

Dr. Graham and Dr. Avila were invited to Royal Holloway University in London, UK May 2017 to give a talk on Narrative Inquiry to graduate students and faculty.