DEIDRE NORVILLE joined the adjunct faculty in 2011, teaching foundation-year policy courses and Community Immersion orientation workshops for incoming Master of Social Work students. She also taught motivational interviewing classes and served more than three years on the Virtual Academic Center’s admissions review team.
For more than a decade, Norville has focused on macro practice, particularly organizational development and program management of government, in-prison and community-based programs with nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Prior to joining USC, she served in the arena of child welfare as a children’s social worker in the adoptions division of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Norville also worked as chief operating officer for HPC, a woman-owned small business providing national contract administration for government and community programs. During her tenure, she established more than a dozen in-prison, parolee, residential and day program centers for thousands of criminal offenders in South Los Angeles. In 2007, she founded the organization’s social work field practicum site, received training to be a field instructor, and began mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students. Norville also championed the nontraditional social work sectors within the agency, including the human resource and training departments as well as the business and contract services departments.
In 2011, Norville worked with the Family Violence Project in Los Angeles and pioneered the transition of the agency’s family homeless shelter into a domestic violence program in cooperation with the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. In 2014, she championed the program design of a comprehensive Los Angeles-based women veterans work and service program in cooperation with contract administrators appointed by the U.S. Department of Labor.
She served as a panelist for the National Coalition to End Domestic Violence policy symposium, a board member and grant reviewer for the City of Los Angeles Emergency Food Services Programs and chair of the LLCF Community Center Development Board. She was also president of the recruitment board of One Church One Child, a national African-American faith-based adoption agency.