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Sudie Nallo, MSW

Making Change Happen

Sudie Nallo found a guiding principle as a social worker in 2004 when she worked for a year as an AmeriCorps / VISTA at Greensboro College in North Carolina, matching students and faculty with volunteer opportunities at more than 30 non-profit groups.

“AmeriCorps was my ‘ah-hah’ moment,” she said. “My job was to train volunteers to interact and engage with community leaders, allowing people to be the solution to their own problems—empowering them, rather than creating dependency.”

Ms. Nallo received her master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008.  While there, she worked under Dr. Amanda Moore McBride, the Director of the Gephardt Institute, who helped hone her skills in cultivating ties between a university and its community. Ms. Nallo also worked as a researcher and loan counselor for the nonprofit Justine Petersen Housing and Reinvestment Corporation in St. Louis. Ms. Nallo helped small businesses develop stronger roots and grow through “micro-loans,” loans for as little as $500.  In her final semester, Ms. Nallo began working as a field and research graduate intern for the Centre for Enterprise Development and Action Research in Ibadan, Nigeria. In her projects, she co-organized and led focus groups on strengthening capacities in social entrepreneurship development through collaboration between NGOs, formal banking institutions, community stakeholders, and US educational institutions. She continues to consult for the organization and periodically travels to Nigeria.

Ms. Nallo serves as a committee member on the United Nations Association African Affairs Committee where she designs international social work training programs aimed at preventing and addressing global crises.  She is a Walker Institute faculty associate with the African Studies Program and has presented research in Gujarat, India on improving health outcomes through manufacturing and production.  She is a Racial and Ethnic task force member for the Diversity Abroad Network where she advises on ways to identify key challenges and solutions to increasing and supporting minority student study abroad efforts.  She was the faculty group leader for the Summer 2015 Social Designs – Sustainability & Development in Barbados Study Abroad program.   Locally, Ms. Nallo she works on community capacity building projects with organizations ranging from SC Uplift to the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development.  Through the USC Office of Research Ms. Nallo served as the summer program coordinator for the Morris College-USC Research Mentoring Program aimed at providing educational supports for minority student researchers in STEM fields. 

Research Background

Ms. Nallo’s research interests include the design and evaluation of domestic and international programs that benefit marginalized populations. Her work focuses on poverty alleviation programs with an emphasis on asset and wealth accumulation, education curriculum that highlights skill acquisition, and social entrepreneurship. She uses a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods that include focus groups, asset mapping, and community participatory research.

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Major Classes Taught
  • SOWK732 - Foundations of Social Work with Communities and Organizations
  • SOWK 722 - Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
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