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Cherrie Short

Associate Dean USC School of Social WorkGlobal & Community Initiatives, Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership


Cherrie Short has spent her entire working life fighting for social justice and equal rights for all people. An experienced advocate, she has negotiated and mediated agreements across a broad range of statutory, voluntary and commercial organizations, and has raised funds for advocacy groups. Accomplished in virtually all aspects of social work, including direct practice, policy development and accreditation, Short has lived most of her life in Wales, where she served in a number of important positions, including on the Commission of Racial Equality.

She was appointed race commissioner for Wales in 2002 and since 1984 has served as probation officer for the National Probation Service of Wales for serious offenders.

Short has received several prestigious awards for her work, including the United Kingdom Black Business Woman of the Year Award for her community service and the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) Award, one of the United Kingdom’s highest awards for public service. She was presented the official royal honor by Prince Charles in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace for her outstanding and pioneering career in promoting racial equality and equal opportunity in Wales. She has received awards for her work in creating new services within the community for the elderly, as well as for her help to children in the setting up of family centers.

A much sought-after speaker and lecturer, Short is a qualified trainer on diversity issues and regularly speaks on issues related to race and equality. She is the author of 10 published pieces covering issues related to race and has delivered lectures and training in the field of equality at more than 46 conferences in the field of social work.

Short joined the USC School of Social Work in 2006, where she heads the Office of Global and Community Initiatives, overseeing the school’s international and community programs, including the MSW Post-Graduate Certificate Program in International Social Work Practice in the United Kingdom. She is currently assisting in the development of a forensic social work program that aims to explain how the criminal justice system operates, how it treats juvenile offenders and what benefits social workers can provide. Short is also working on a new course on immigration and social policy, and exploring outreach and collaborative activities with community organizations and with state and local government in California.