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Holly Priebe Sotelo - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Holly Priebe Sotelo Holly Priebe Sotelo

Clinical Associate Professor, Field Education | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Holly Priebe Sotelo is a Clinical Associate Professor Field Education of Social Work


Holly Priebe Sotelo is a Clinical Associate Professor, Field Education at the University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Priebe Sotelo has a Master of Social Work, a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Services, and is a doctoral candidate with the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy, with an expected completion date in May of 2022. Priebe Sotelo also earned credentials in Educational Administration, Pupil Personnel Services, Dispute Resolution, and Conflict Resolution, Human Trafficking, and Child Abuse and Family Violence.

Priebe Sotelo has three decades of social work experience, including direct practice and administrative roles to include the coordination and policy development of specialized topics including school crisis response, threat assessment, school bullying, child abuse, human trafficking, diversity and anti-bias, responding to intergroup conflicts, teen dating violence, educator sexual misconduct, social media, and restorative justice. Priebe Sotelo served as the Los Angeles Unified School District’s media spokesperson and is a trained trainer for many of these topics.

Education (3)

University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy: Degree, Doctoral Candidate for Policy, Planning, & Development 2022

California State University of Long Beach: Degree, Social Work 1998

In addition - Pupil Personnel Services Credential

California State University, Los Angeles: Degree, Rehabilitation Servcies 1992

Certificate - Child Maltreatment and Family VIolence

Areas of Expertise (5)

School Violence and Crisis Response

Human Trafficking / Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth

Human Relations, Diversity and Equity

Child Abuse and Neglect

Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Industry Expertise (1)


Affiliations (3)

  • NASW
  • CSWE
  • ASPA


Media Appearances (2)

Misión Cumplida: Panelists Discuss Intra-Latino Group Relations in Los Angeles Schools

Anti-Defamation League Blog  online


Moderated by the Education Advisory Committee’s Chairwoman Stacey Gafinkel, the expert panel included: Holly Priebe-Sotelo, a professor at the USC School of Social Work who was formerly with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)’s Office of Human Relations, Diversity and Equity; Dr. Linda Lopez, Chief of Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and Alex Sanchez, Executive Director of Homies Unidos—a non-profit gang violence prevention and intervention organization with projects in El Salvador and Los Angeles.

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L.A. schools want kids to think before they sext

Los Angeles Times  online


Holly Priebe-Sotelo, the district's intervention coordinator, said educators will be asked to incorporate the new materials into the current required lessons on bullying and sexual harassment. Lessons in cybersafety will be offered to younger children, with middle school students taught about safe online chatting. More explicit material on sexting will be presented to high school students.

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