Success Stories in Social Work


Whittier College’s Social Work majors graduate with a wide variety of opportunities before them.

Recent alumni are completing advanced degrees at institutions that include the University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, California State University, Long Beach, University of Chicago, Case Western Reserve University, New York University, Howard University, Portland State University, University of Washington, and University of Denver.

Graduates who enter the professional arena have taken jobs in:

  • Military social work
  • School social work
  • Teaching and research in Higher education
  • Foster care, adoption, behavioral health, probation, parole
  • Social Work in hospice and health care settings
  • Law
  • Administration, NGOs and other organizations
  • Community organization and planning
  • Public and civic service in Congress, House of Representatives, CA Assembly and staff

See What Our Alumni Are Up To


Angel Y. Rodriguez ’97, MSSA
Supervising Children’s Social Worker
Los Angeles County Department
of Children & Family Services

“I had an amazing experience at Whittier. I had the opportunity to learn from wonderful professors that challenged me in many ways. I attended lectures at the Shannon Center with author Amy Tan and other fantastic scholars. I made friends with my social work colleagues and kept connected with them as a way of supporting myself in the classroom and in my internship.” Read more.

Dr. Cecilia Santiago-Gonzalez ’02
Senior Coordinator of Orientation Services
Cal Poly Pomona

"I have always been interested in helping people and engaged in social justice issues. Social work was a perfect fit because it empowered me to see myself as a change agent who could make a difference in people’s lives and counteract social inequities. I also appreciated [Whittier's] strengths-based approach to practice, which has contributed greatly to my formation as an educator." Read more.