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Cardinal, Gold and Rubi: First-Gen College Student's Journey

Cardinal, Gold and Rubi

May 4, 2016

From her South L.A. high school through her USC Dornsife graduation, we followed Rubi Garcia, a first-generation college student, through the years. We watched her grow as a person and a scholar as she talks about her…

Eric Weintraub on finding inspiration

Beyond the lecture hall: How a general education course inspired me to write my first book

May 3, 2016

Sitting in USC’s Taper Hall in 2010, I would listen to Jody Agius Vallejo, associate professor of sociology, talk about the mass deportation of long-settled undocumented families, and how people from south of the border…

Frontline Scholar: Justin

Frontline Scholar: Justin

April 20, 2016

Justin Arana ’05 was searching for purpose in his life when he traveled to Mozambique. There he encountered firsthand the country’s water crisis and founded the nonprofit organization Water Underground to address…

Two USC Dornsife alumnae are recognized for their achievements and dedication to social service

Two USC Dornsife alumnae are recognized for their achievements and dedication to social service

April 13, 2016

An international relations major at USC Dornsife, America Ferrera began to doubt whether her dream of becoming an actress would fulfill her desire to enact positive change in the world. But when she told international…

Brig. Gen. Viet Luong leaves his visit with first-year ROTC cadets on campus. Photos by David Sprague.

USC alumnus, Army brigadier general shares tale of success with ROTC cadets

April 5, 2016

The last time Viet Luong ’87 visited USC, he watched the Trojan football team crush UCLA 50-0 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 2011, but he didn’t stick around. Since then, he has made history. A graduate…

Alumna Denise Nicholas left Michigan as a young woman to join the civil rights movement in the 1960s. As an actress with the Free Southern Theater, she performed across Mississippi and Louisiana.

Actress and novelist Denise Nicholas draws from her experiences in the civil rights movement

March 25, 2016

Denise Nicholas was 19 years old when she interrupted her pre-law studies at the University of Michigan to travel to the Deep South and the heart of the American Civil Rights Movement. It was a dangerous time and place for a…

USC Dornsife student Stephanie Brito, a senior majoring in biological sciences and winner of the John R. Hubbard Award, speaks at the USC Latino Alumni Association gala on March 4. Photo by Ron Murray/ImageActive Photography.

USC Latino Alumni Association honors USC Dornsife first-generation students

March 18, 2016

Over the past 42 years, the USC Latino Alumni Association has helped more than 8,000 Latino students fulfill their dreams of a USC education, awarding more than $15 million in scholarships. The story of Stephanie Ashley…

Photos by Djak Azran.

No RuPaul-ogies: Alpha Mulugeta

March 7, 2016

“I like my body,” Alpha Mulugeta ’06 declared with a subtle rasp to his voice. A midsummer cold belied his normally dulcet tone. “I’m gender variant, but that doesn’t mean I want to be a…

Dawn Gross interviewing her first mentor, Jeffrey Mandel, a hospice and palliative medicine doctor practicing in the Bay Area, during the launch of her radio show, "Dying to Talk." Photo courtesy of Dawn Gross.

Alumna and physician transforms end-of-life conversations from dread to discovery

March 7, 2016

Dawn Gross knows how to talk about death. “I’ve asked hundreds of terminally ill patients, ‘If I had a magic wand, what would you wish for?’ And not one of them has ever answered, ‘Cure…

California Crown clothing company was founded by Jay Perlman, left, and his business partner Misu Minhaz. Both men graduated from USC Dornsife in 2012. Photos courtesy of Jay Perlman.

Alumnus nurtures an idea and grows a business with the help of his Trojan community

March 2, 2016

When Jay Perlman rolled out of bed one morning in 2013, he saw a notification in his email that a new order had been placed to California Crown, his fledgling online clothing company. When he logged in to the site to take a…