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Freshman Newal Osman shows off her scarf collection. Photos by David Sprague.

Islamic Faith Gives Her Heart

August 26, 2014

USC Dornsife freshman Newal Osman wraps a colorful hijab on her head, steps back and considers her reflection in the mirror. She likes what she sees. “Hijab goes beyond the head scarf,” she said. “You become…

Incoming psychology freshman Jessica Wynn (left) gives her younger sister, Jada Combs, who traveled from their home in Washington, D.C., to help her move in, a squeeze. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Never Routine — Class of ’18

August 22, 2014

Smoothing a hand over the comforter and propping up a few pillows, Shermayne Hughes stood back. The bed was made. Her only child was officially moved into her new home at Fluor Tower. “I can’t believe my…

Cleopatra Abdou, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at USC Dornsife and the USC Davis School of Gerontology, has found that black women who strongly identified with their race were more likely to feel anxious in a health care setting. Photo courtesy of USC Media Relations.

The Source of Racial Health Disparities

July 22, 2014

A first-of-its-kind study by researchers at USC and Loyola Marymount University has found evidence that the persistent health disparities across race may, in part, be related to anxiety about being confronted by negative…

Emmanuel Caudillo's passion for education stems from the challenges he faced as a first-generation college student. Photos courtesy of Emmanuel Caudillo.

Increasing Educational Opportunities

July 22, 2014

Emmanuel Caudillo clearly remembers the challenges he faced applying to college as a first-generation college student. Some of the forms he found daunting, particularly the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),…

Problems Without Passports: Forced Labor in Dubai

Far from Paradise

July 22, 2014

Invited into the living quarters of undocumented migrant domestic workers in the oil-rich city of Dubai, Lucero Noyola was shocked by what she saw. “Fourteen people were sharing one room,” said the junior majoring…

USC Dornsife’s doctoral candidate Matthew Mendez (left) and Christian Grose, associate professor of political science, said they were shocked to find a nearly 20 percentage point gap among legislators who support voter ID laws based on the name of the ethnicity of the constituent. Photo by Susan Bell.

Identifying Bias

July 17, 2014

Groundbreaking research by USC Dornsife’s Christian Grose, associate professor of political science, and doctoral candidate Matthew Mendez has shown that lawmakers who support voter ID laws are more likely to show racial…

Alumna Angela Johnson Meszaros works in environmental justice, focusing on air quality, as general counsel for the organization Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles. Photo by Ana Mascarena.

Helping Us Breathe Easier

July 14, 2014

In Los Angeles and Orange counties in the past year, the oil industry has used more than 45 million pounds — 22,500 tons — of toxic air pollutants as part of its 477 hydraulic fracturing (fracking), acidizing and…

Diversity Visionary Award-winner George Sanchez is a first-generation college student himself, whose parents emigrated from Mexico. Photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

Sanchez’s Vision for Diversity

July 10, 2014

When George Sanchez, professor of history, and American studies and ethnicity, was offered the position of vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives in 2009, he accepted on one condition — that he would not have…

USC Dornsife professor Manuel Pastor (from left), talk show host Tavis Smiley; Maria Brenes, executive director of Inner City Struggle; and Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, participated in Smiley's kickoff for a four-year initiative to address poverty in America. Photograph by Zon D'Amour.

Pastor Speaks on Poverty

July 3, 2014

Sharing bleak statistics during a recent kickoff for Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Ending Poverty initiative, professor Manuel Pastor pointed to the need to raise the public’s awareness about the high poverty levels in…

Ishan Shah, the youngest person and the first Indian-American to be elected to the Ohlone College Board of Trustees in Alameda County, California, will return to USC Dornsife in the Fall to finish his degree in political science. Photos courtesy of Ishan Shah.

A Student with Experience

July 3, 2014

Last Fall, Ishan Shah was a senior with only weeks left before he was due to graduate from USC Dornsife with a degree in political science. Then disaster struck. Shah’s mother was stricken with cancer. Interrupting his…