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.

Norway American Exchange LGBT Advocacy Day at the Capitol Lobby Days 2017 Author Marsha Aizumi 

CSUDH MSW Student  Michelle Zaragoza and Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer at LGBT Advocacy Day at the Capitol
Lobby Days 2017
Professor Sharon Chun-Wetterau, CSUDH MSW Students, and Visiting Norwegian Student with Author Marsha Aizumi, National Board Member of PFLAG

Calendar of Events


MSW Graduation Celebration - Ticketed Event. No admittance without one.

May 17, 2018


LSU Ballrooms

CSUDH College of Health, Human Services and Nursing Graduation

May 18, 2018

4:00pm - 7:00 pm

Stub Hub Soccer Field

New Student Orientation

August 8, 2018


 LSU Ballrooms

Field Orientation




Social Work News

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

MSW Students Jeff and Andy Imagine America
Dr. Avila and students Andy Florimon and Jeff Stone at Imagining America 2017 National Conference at University of California, Davis, in Davis, CA. Workshop on the organizing progress of an Imainng AmericaSouthern California Cluster.

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.

Alternative Spring Break Puerto Rico

Dr. Avila and Three MSW Students spent 2017 Spring Break in Puerto Rico

Dr. Avila and three students spent 2017 spring break in Puerto Rico, in a collaborate, community based short-term research project. We were hosted by the Director of the Social Work program at Universidad Central the Bayamon, who arranged for presentations from faculty and from students about their department, a description of their field instruction and community organizations where they place their students, and social issues related to the politics of Puerto Rico as, in their words, “a colony of the United States.” Our hostess also connected us with colleagues from Universidad de Puerto Rico, and informed us that this university would be having a student-led occupation of the main campus during the week of our stay in Puerto Rico, in reaction to announcements by their governor that university tuition would be significantly increased. The students and I visited this campus occupation, and had the opportunity to speak with faculty and students who were part of the occupation. While this was a politically radical experience for the students, we also had a more traditional educational experience about Puerto Rico’s political status from a guided tour of the Capitol. Students and I received partial funding from CSUDH Graduate Writing Institute for Excellence (GWIE).