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“Soon, my achievements will show who Adrian Toledo really is,” wrote Adrian Toledo, a senior at Manual Arts High School, in the essay portion of his USC application. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Tears of Joy

December 23, 2011

For these high school students, the tiny mortarboard pins represented months of hard work and stick-to-itiveness. As their USC Dornsife mentors fastened onto their shirts and jackets the universal symbol for education, some…

A recent study conducted by Amon Emeka and Jody Agius Vallejo, assistant professors of sociology in USC Dornsife, explores why many people with Latin American ancestry do not choose a Latino ethnic identification on U.S. Census surveys. The paper was published in the November 2011 issue of Social Science Research. Photos courtesy of Amon Emeka and Jody Agius Vallejo.

Racial Identity Is Changing Among Latinos

December 23, 2011

Some first, second, and later generation Latinos in the United States are not identifying ethnically as Latino as they integrate into the fabric of American society, a recent USC Dornsife study found. On the American Community…

USC Dornsife's Karen Tongson is the author of the new book <em>Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries</em>.

USC Professor Rethinks Suburban Life in New Book

December 19, 2011

USC professor Karen Tongson likes to point out that “queer life happens everywhere.” Even in the suburbs. In the course of researching her new book, Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (New York University…

USC Dornsife professsor Katrina Edwards spent two months in the Mid-Atlantic. Photo by Phil Channing.

From Deep Sea to Dry Dock

November 23, 2011

This week a USC scientist who spent 65 days at sea in search of life hidden beneath the seafloor returns from a successful expedition, which she chronicled in regular blog posts from her ship. Katrina Edwards of USC Dornsife…

Follow Your Inspiration

Follow Your Inspiration

November 3, 2011

Introduction by Pamela J. JohnsonProfiles by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody   So you’re undecided. That’s OK! Finding your place in the world has just become easier. Launched officially this Fall, First-Year…

Illustration by Joel Kimmel

First-Year Investigations: Tienju Wang

November 3, 2011

Tienju WangDallas, TexasBiological Sciences It took nine hours of studying for an advanced placement biology exam and a touch of delirium for Tienju “Nikky” Wang to make up her mind. At a young age she aspired to…

Illustration by Joel Kimmel

First-Year Investigations: Justin Farshidi

November 3, 2011

Justin Farshidi San Marino, California Undecided Justin Farshidi openly admits he can’t envision himself in a specific career. With interests from biology to business, the incoming student is searching for his…

Illustration by Joel Kimmel

First-Year Investigations: Katherine Montgomery

November 3, 2011

Katherine Montgomery Montclair, New Jersey Creative Writing A woman walking briskly down the street. A man donning a fedora. These uncomplicated sights inspire Katherine Montgomery in her fiction writing. Montgomery realized…

USC Dornsife junior David Horacio Hernandez has been recognized as one of the White House's Champions of Change for his work to improve education for minorities. The double major in political science and American studies and ethnicity traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in a roundtable discussion on Sept. 16. Photo courtesy of David Horacio Hernandez.

Champion of Change

November 2, 2011

USC Dornsife junior David Horacio Hernandez couldn’t believe what he was reading. Poor grammar and misplaced punctuation signaled a hastily written essay. A first-generation transfer student from Santa Monica City…

USC Dornsife sociologist Veronica Terriquez. Photo by Laurie Moore.

Unions a Catalyst for Civic Engagement, USC Study Finds

October 20, 2011

Labor union experiences lead Latino immigrants to greater civic participation, a USC Dornsife study found. The findings suggest that members independently and, without prompting from the union, draw upon their skills to bring…