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Angela Smith

Angela Smith

Visiting Instructor of Social Work
Social Science, Seaver College
AC 232


Angela Hope Smith is a dynamic educator, facilitator, licensed therapist, and entrepreneur. Having served as a clinician for ten+ years in community mental health and special education, Angela’s creativity and desire to see wellness and education intersect before the working world led her to return to her alma-mater to Direct the Social Work program she graduated from. In the classroom, Angela centers an anti-racist pedagogy and includes self-determination, collaborative choice, humor, and intersectionality as important foundations of teaching, learning and relationship.

Angela holds a Master of Social Work degree from San Francisco State University and received her License in Clinical Social Work from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences in 2015. Angela received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations with a Minor in Social Work from Pepperdine University. Angela was also a proud participant in the Social Action and Justice Colloquium and looks forward to teaching in the program the 2021-2022 school year.

Angela is a dedicated believer in holistic and sustainable structures and aims to always be a part of improving ways of living and being for those most on the margins. As a participant and alumnus of the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute, Angela has been able to expand her expertise into sectors of policy, education, and organizational change. Angela has worked with various organizations and groups, assessing need and developing and delivering curriculum on areas such as trauma, emotional wellness, race, and identity. Angela’s love for learning, teaching and entrepreneurship keeps her busy as she creatively seeks to center justice, equity and belonging in whatever she does.


  • MSW, San Francisco State University, 2011
  • 2016 Member of the Los Angeles African American Public Policy Institute 


  • Social Action and Justice
  • Intersectionality
  • Trauma and Well-Being


  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Social Welfare Policy Analysis
  • Social Action and Justice
  • Special Topics