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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…

Moderator David Sloane, right, poses a question to George Sanchez and Douglas Bradburn, left, during the George Washington Leadership Lecture. Photo by Tom Queally.

USC Dornsife’s George Sanchez explores complex, long-standing immigration issues

March 1, 2016

Immigration seems like a modern challenge, but many of the issues now being debated by presidential candidates regarding immigration and naturalization policies were topics considered by the nation’s first…

Ange-Marie Hancock of political science, gender studies and sociology has written a new book on intersectionality, which looks at the relationship between power and race, gender, class and sexuality.

To better understand how society works, take a closer look at the intersections

February 26, 2016

The United States, though led by an African American president, has witnessed the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. In Scandinavia, largely a progressive, socially oriented and egalitarian region, violence against women…

A MERIT applicant presents her poster on health care disparity to Tyler Mains and other applicants during the Medical Leadership Course — MERIT's selection process — in January 2014. Photos courtesy of Tyler Mains.

USC Dornsife alumnus aims to eradicate educational and health-care inequalities

February 24, 2016

Assigned to teach biology in a Baltimore, Md., high school, Teach For America corps member and USC Dornsife alumnus Tyler Mains was shocked by how far many of his students were trailing academically and angry about the…

Photos by Daryl German.

Racing With Style: Jenny Wu

February 12, 2016

A leading voice on the style scene, Los Angeles fashion lawyer-turned-fashion blogger Jenny Wu ’03 is known among her devotees for cutting an elegant figure in the alluring designer outfits she dons on her blog Good,…

The First-Gen Experience at USC

Inaugural summit helps first-gen students identify resources and opportunities

February 9, 2016

For the approximately 15 percent of USC undergraduates who are the first in their families to attend college, navigating university life can sometimes be stressful, confusing or mysterious. A first-ever daylong summit at USC…

The First-Gen Experience at USC

The First-Gen Experience at USC

February 2, 2016

  Video by Mira Zimet.

Clifford Johnson, professor of physics and astronomy, is using graphic novel storytelling to explain the nature of the universe. The process, shown above, begins with rough work as depicted in blue on the bottom and develops into a detailed finished sequence as shown on top. Image courtesy of Clifford Johnson.

A physicist gets graphic about the nature of the universe

January 15, 2016

Clifford Johnson is a champion of making the sciences accessible to all.  When he’s not teaching at USC or working on his research, the USC Dornsife professor of physics and astronomy lectures, blogs and even…

Curtis Kin in his office at the California Superior Court of Los Angeles County. Photos by Damon Casarez.

Good Judgement: Curtis Kin

January 6, 2016

With his easy laugh, even keel and boyish face, Curtis Kin is immediately likeable. Perhaps the type of guy you would cast in a reality television show as a foil to the more outrageous characters. It stands to reason, because…