2021 California Social Work Hall of Distinction Induction Ceremony


Date: October 17, 2021

Event Time: 1 PM Pacific Time

Event Location: Virtual

Email: cswa@usc.edu

Phone: 213-788-2188


This event is a tribute to the positive impact of social work practice, policy, and research addressing health and welfare problems in California's most vulnerable communities. This year's virtual Induction Ceremony honors the service, commitment, and contributions of the following seven extraordinary individuals:

Bart Grossman

Chia-Chia Chien

E. Jane Middleton

Gary Bess

Janlee Wong

Virginia Rondero Hernandez

Lilian Iida Matsumoto

Ticket proceeds help continue the Hall of Distinction's work honoring outstanding social work professionals. General Admission Tickets are $15 per person. Student tickets are complimentary; sponsored tickets are available upon request. Although space is limited, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

All are welcome. Please share this invitation with your friends, relatives, and colleagues.


Please support the Hall of Distinction!

Making a donation to the California Social Work Hall of Distinction Fund supports our ability to continue paying tribute to distinguished social workers. Proceeds are processed by USC and go directly to the California Social Welfare Archives.

Sponsorships are available as follows:

  • Agency & Friends Sponsor - $250 
    • Includes Name in the program (print and virtual), recommended for academic institutions and non-profit organizations, and friends of CSWA and HOD
  • Advocate Sponsor - $500 
    • Includes Name in the program (print and virtual), Half Page Tribute Ad in Program
  • Allied Sponsor - $1000 
    • Includes Name in Program (print and virtual), Full Page Tribute Ad in Program, Live mention, and logo during HOD event
  • Presenting Sponsor - $5000 
    • Prominent lead sponsor recognition on all materials, Live Presidential Recognition during the event, and all of the above.
  • Tribute Ad 
    • Celebrate inductees connected to you or your organization with a Tribute Ad to be included in the 2021 HOD Program:
      • Half-Page Tribute Ad - $100
      • Full-Page Tribute Ad - $200

Please email cswa@usc.edu for more information.

The California Social Work Hall of Distinction operates under the auspices of the California Social Welfare Archives. Your support of CSWA cements the legacy of past and future Inductees and, most importantly, guarantees that the work of social welfare students, scholars, practitioners, and policymakers will continue to be informed by the innovations and wisdom of the trailblazers memorialized in the Hall of Distinction. 


Please visit us to view the roster of previous inductees and enjoy past events.




2021 Social Work Hall of Distinction Ceremony

The online registration process is now closed.
Please email CSWA at cswa@usc.edu for further information.