Gina Rosich, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Social Work Joined USJ:
Academic Degrees Ph.D., Fordham University
MSW, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., New York University
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Getting Her Start

After taking an elective course in peer counseling in high school, Gina Rosich, Ph.D., found a passion for social work and helping others. As an undergraduate at New York University, she facilitated a peer support group and worked with LGBT rights and AIDS activism. Today, the most rewarding aspect of what Dr. Rosich does is more than her academic achievements; it is about helping and supporting those who are in need. Dr. Rosich claims, “Social work is an applied profession where we have values and a purpose specifically around social justice – improving people’s lives. Our values reflect the importance of changing society. Sometimes helping means changing social structures after knowing about people’s struggles.”

Making a Difference

After completing her MSW degree, Dr. Rosich worked in the foster care system before segueing to firsthand with both homeless adults and families across the life course in homeless shelters in New York City. She later worked as director of a large Community Guardianship program. These jobs helped her to see the lasting effects of racism, homophobia, transphobia, poverty, abuse, and disenfranchisement. Over the course of her career, she advocated to the NYC City Council and State Legislature to fund housing assistance programs. As a result of her experiences, one of Dr. Rosich’s top priorities at USJ is to engage her students to become competent and passionate social workers focused on human rights and social justice. Dr. Rosich said that her students, “really take the time to examine and understand who they are and how their values, background, and social location impact the work that they’re doing. It helps them become professionals who support, advocate, and ally with oppressed people in their capacity within the social work field.”

Presenting Social Work Research

Dr. Rosich’s research main focus for her research was on employment discrimination. She has presented at conferences, including SPSSI in San Diego, on employment discrimination among people who are transgender. Within the study, participants were asked what they perceived to be barriers to employment for people who are transgender. Dr. Rosich used Marshall’s Theory of Social Citizenship to help people understand the discrimination that transgender individuals experience on a daily basis. Dr. Rosich says that “One thing the participants repeatedly felt would help is to provide informational education to human resources departments, businesses, and the larger community to help people gain understanding. When you have greater understanding of people that you may not know anything about, that can lower hatred and foster understanding and acceptance.”