University of Southern California USC
School of Social Work
California Social Work Hall of Distinction
 USC Campus Margarita Mendez Featured Profile:
Margarita Mendez (1925-1996)

From her humble beginnings as the daughter of a single mother, raised in Los Angeles in the heart of an economic depression, Margarita Mendez went on to become one of the most influential social workers in the state of California. Her legacy is multi...
"The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on..."

– Walter Lippmann

The Hall of Distinction:
The California Social Work Hall of Distinction was created to honor those involved in bringing about the betterment of society. We also want to ensure that the contributions of social work leaders, innovators and pioneers would be recognized and preserved for the future.