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We encourage you to stay connected with the College of Social Work alumni community. Even if you live far from campus, you can stay involved by following us on social media, participating in professional development workshops streamed online and more.

Our more than 8,000 alumni contribute to the social work landscape worldwide through service and leadership. They are committed to public service in a variety of career opportunities, including health, immigration, military and substance use disorders. We are also strengthened by alumni who serve as field instructors and workshop presenters for our continuing education programs.  

The College of Social Work is committed to maintaining life-long relationships with our alumni. Whether mentoring future social work professionals or providing financial support, you are essential to the continued progress and success of the college. 

“Social work is my calling.  I love working to enhance the quality of life for the most vulnerable populations, especially young children and adolescents.  I believe that all people have at least one strength and being able to assist individuals and their communities to see it can make a world of difference in their daily lives. I truly LOVE being a Social Worker.”

Christina Cobb Freeman, LMSW, MSW ’13,  Director of Field Education/Instructor, Social Work, Benedict College  

Featured Alumni

bodequia simon wins pioneer award

Bodequia Simon Receives Pioneer Award

Black Girls In Social Work Founder Bodequia Simon was awarded Social Work’s Pioneer Award during her first BGISW conference. More on this influential alumna. 

Novelist Carla Damron Draws on Social Work Roots to Craft Compelling Stories

Damron often worked with people who had serious and persistent mental illnesses. She began writing fiction while she was still working. 

Alumna provides social work services at local library

Social workers often help people resolve complicated issues involving health insurance, housing and the complicated landscape of Medicaid. They also meet people where they are — to help resolve problems big and small.  

Military experience lends perspective for Army captain’s counseling support services

As a Captain in the Army Adjutant General Corps, Amirah Ambekisye-Cotton has met a lot of soldiers. She’s processed their paperwork, celebrated promotions and awards, advised them on progressing their careers and helped guide them through challenges. 

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The Meaning of Magis

In the fight against poverty, Chynna A. Phillips strives to do more.

Social Work Establishes New Advisory Board

Fifteen alumni are members of a new Social Work board who will advance the goals of the school and its graduates. Read more on this new group of advocates


Alumni recognized in 2022 who made their impact through innovation and leadership

Four College of Social Work alumni recently made news for community leadership. Here’s a look at these outstanding USC graduates. 


Social Work alumnae Anton Gunn BA ’94, MSW ‘01 is a 2022 USC Alumni Award winner

Anton Gunn is a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama and a leading expert on Socially Conscious Leadership. Early in his career, he was the first African American from his district elected to the South Carolina Legislature.


Social Work Five: Five Questions with Michael Alexander


Tish Guerin

Tish Guerin, MSW '10

A social work career in sports? Tish Guerin took an idea and turned it into a career as one of the first full-time in-house therapists in the National Football League.

Michelle Thome-Kaufman

Michelle Thome-Kaufman, MSW '15

Michelle Thome-Kaufman began her professional social work career in Hawaii after graduating from the College of Social Work, which included a field placement at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Aaron Guest

Aaron Guest, MSW/MPH, '15

Learn how Aaron Guest's time at the College of Social Work helped prepare him for his current Ph.D. studies.

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